Ranked #1 Children's Hospital by U.S. News & World Report
MyPatients provides referring primary care providers with secure access to their patients’ information.
Boston Children's has launched the world's 1st program dedicated to offering hand transplants to children who qualify.
Innovation insider is a semi-monthly e-newsletter analyzes innovations at Boston Children’s, other academic medical centers and from industry.
Read the latest blog by a Boston Children's doctor, clinician or staff member.
Support the hospital with a donation that helps kids get the care they need.
If your child’s end-stage heart dysfunction is no longer responding to medical treatment, a heart transplant may be an option to give him a longer and healthier life. Heart transplant is an operation that replaces a dysfunctional heart with a healthy heart from another person who has had brain death but whose heart is working normally.
Since its inception in 1986, our Heart Transplant Program has become one of the largest and most experienced pediatric heart transplant programs in the country. Our program exists within the larger Cardiovascular Program, which has pioneered treatments that have dramatically improved the survival rate for fetuses, infants, children, teenagers and adults with heart defects. This means the shortest possible distance from discovery to your child’s bedside.
The pediatric heart transplant team includes:
Experts from additional sub-specialties throughout Boston Children's join your child’s care team as needed. Child Life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who are here to support your whole family before, during and after your child’s transplant.
We are committed to working with you every step of the way.
If your child has had previous heart surgery and/or blood transfusions, he may have developed antibodies that make him not a good candidate for certain donor hearts that become available.
Boston Children’s is one of a small number of centers that offers a procedure that can lower and neutralize the effect of these antibodies. This can increase the number of donor hearts that may be a good match for him, which in turn may shorten the amount of time that he needs to wait for a new heart.
Here at Boston Children’s, we offer an immunosuppression protocol that avoids the use of steroids—meaning fewer undesirable side effects for your child.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”