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Platinum Sponsors

Albireo – An Ipsen Company

Innovation for patient care

Ipsen is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on innovation and specialty care. At Ipsen, we focus our resources, investments and energy on discovering, developing and commercializing medicines in three key therapeutic areas – Oncology, Rare Disease and Neuroscience. We are dedicated to providing hope for patients whose lives are challenged by unmet medical needs. Our North American operations are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the company’s three global hubs.

Frank Cortazzo
Regional Business Director, Rare Diseases
North America
+1 (310) 562-6166
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Mirum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Mirum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the treatment of rare diseases affecting children and adults.

LIVMARLI, an IBA¬¬T inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of cholestatic pruritus in patients with ALGS in the U.S. (3 months+), in Europe (2 months+), and in Canada. Cholbam is FDA-approved for the treatment of bile acid synthesis disorders due to single enzyme deficiencies and adjunctive treatment of peroxisomal disorders in patients who show signs or symptoms or liver disease. An sNDA for LIVMARLI has also been submitted in the US for pruritus due to PFIC.

Mirum’s late-stage pipeline includes a Phase 2b study evaluating LIVMARLI in biliary atresia. A second IBAT inhibitor, volixibat, has two ongoing Phase 2b studies, VISTAS for PSC and VANTAGE for PBC. Chenodal is being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 study, RESTORE, for cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis.

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Melissa Fraser
Director, Medical Affairs and Project Management
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Silver Sponsor

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.

Changing Tomorrow

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., headquartered in Markham, ON, is a Canadian affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. In Canada, Astellas has an intense commercial focus on four therapeutic areas – Urology, Immunology, Infectious Disease and Oncology.

Alex Bazhanov
Product Manager
(647) 973-1283

Supporting Centers

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

The pediatric liver transplantation program at Lurie Children’s Hospital has one of the largest and most experienced pediatric liver transplant teams in the United States. Our unique emphasis on long-term care has placed us at the forefront of improving outcomes in transplant recipients. The team has performed over 400 liver transplants and has cared for another 200 liver transplant patients referred from other centers. Our strong living donor liver program has performed more than 100 living donor liver transplants. This wealth of clinical expertise allows us to care for patients of all ages, from newborn to young adults, and treat a wide variety of conditions including biliary atresia, acute liver failure, metabolic diseases, and liver cancers. In addition, our team is strongly committed to clinical and laboratory research to improve outcomes for patients with liver disease and who have undergone liver transplant.

Catherine A Chapin, MD
Medical Director of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
Fellowship Program Director, Transplant Hepatology
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
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Children’s Hospital Colorado

Here, it’s different.

The Liver Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado offers a unique and specialized program devoted to the care of children who require liver transplantation. Our unique multidisciplinary team cares for kids and families from the time of diagnosis to transplant and all the way through long-term post-transplant care. We achieve some of the best outcomes in the nation by working with every medical and surgical specialty in the hospital to reimagine children’s lives.

Megan Bisek
Director, Solid Organ Transplant
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

We create hope and build healthier futures.

We are leaders in liver care and liver transplantation for children. In 2022 we led the nation in transplant volume at a pediatric center while maintaining best in class outcomes.

Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS
Division Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition 720-777-6830

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Our purpose is to be the destination for holistic, innovative and unparalleled transplant care for all children.

The Brendan Tripp Elam Transplant Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City specializes in pediatric heart, liver and kidney transplants as well as multi-organ transplants like heart-liver, heart-kidney and liver-kidney. Our Liver Transplant program provides a comprehensive approach to treating children with end-stage liver disease or failure. It is a key component of our Liver Care Center, which offers complete medical and surgical care for children with liver disease.

Bhargava Mullapudi, MD

Children’s of Alabama

The Pediatric Liver Transplant team at Children’s of Alabama has collaborated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) transplant services since 1993 and has performed 150 liver transplants. The Pediatric Transplant Center at Children’s of Alabama was opened in March 2013 at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. Our patients are cared for by a skilled, multidisciplinary team including UAB surgeons, pediatric gastroenterologists, hepatology services, liver transplant coordinators, and other specialists in our transplant program. Our team coordinates all aspects of care during the evaluation phase, transplantation, and post-procedure care to ensure positive outcomes.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the UAB pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs.

Katie Garfinkle
Lead Coordinator, Marketing & Internal Communications
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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Changing the outcome together

Cincinnati Children's is a nonprofit, comprehensive pediatric health system. As a leader in research and education, Cincinnati Children’s is consistently ranked as one of America's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is one of the top recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Alex Miethke, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant
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Elisa Ratermann, MHSA
Program Manager, Pediatric Liver Transplant
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Nemours Children’s Health

Well Beyond Medicine

We’re transforming the idea of what it takes to keep children well, beyond medicine. Besides providing world-class clinical care, we’re addressing the social, economic, behavioral and environmental factors that affect kids every day.

Rebekah Salinas
Marketing Specialist
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(302) 605-1344

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute

MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people

Transplant medicine that changes lives

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute offers the complete spectrum of care from evaluation and medical management to cutting-edge surgery and transplant procedures. We provide hope and life-restoring treatments for patients with end-stage organ failure.

The Institute is one of the highest volume organ transplant programs in the country and offers the expertise of some of the foremost US transplant specialists. We have performed more than 8,500 liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel, and multi-organ transplants. And our volumes speak volumes. For all organs, our one-year adult and pediatric survival rates are among the best in the country.

Phoenix Children’s

Phoenix Children’s is Arizona’s only freestanding comprehensive pediatric hospital, and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United States. With a medical staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists, Phoenix Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state.

The pediatric liver transplant program at Phoenix Children’s provides an invaluable resource to the state of Arizona and the local community as the only pediatric liver transplant program in Arizona. The program uniquely integrates a multidisciplinary liver transplant team approach that is equipped to meet the needs of every child at each stage of development. In addition to pediatric transplant physicians and transplant surgeons, the team includes specialists in child life, social work, nutrition, pharmacology, and transplant nursing coordination to ensure continuous care and management of patients through every period of a successful liver transplant.

Tatiana Mendes Sa, CCRP
Sr Clinical Research Coordinator
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Sheetal Wadera, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplant
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SickKids Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre

Today, enhancing transplantation. Tomorrow, repairing tissues and organs with stem cells and regenerative medicine.

The SickKids Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre (TRMC) is Canada's most research-intensive paediatric transplant program and the largest centre dedicated to comprehensive transplant care in Canada.

Our case volumes are now within the top five per cent of centres in North America, and our Hospital’s survival rates match or exceed the best programs. With a staff that includes professionals from all disciplines of health care and research, the TRMC provides the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing knowledge and expertise, and advocating on behalf of children who need transplant care.

As innovators in transplantation, the TRMC improves the health of children by seamlessly integrating care, research, and teaching.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital will do what is right for children.
Saving Lives Through Organ Transplantation.

St. Louis Children's Hospital has been at the forefront of pediatric organ transplantation in the United States, thanks in part to its close association with Washington University School of Medicine and the neighboring adult transplant center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The success St. Louis Children's Hospital has experienced in pediatric transplantation has been recognized with national certification by major insurance providers, including the National Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association*, Medicaid, Medicare, and CHAMPUS (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services).

St. Louis Children's Hospital's pediatric transplantation success is due to the skilled teams of health care professionals who specialize in caring for children. Every pediatric transplant candidate and his or her family receive individualized attention to help prepare physically, emotionally, and financially for the major issues involved in organ transplantation.

Lindsey Shinn
Clinical Program Manager
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Pediatric Transplant Center | St. Louis Children's Hospital

Liver Transplant Conditions and Treatments | St. Louis Children's Hospital

Stanford Medicine Children’s Hospital / Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

We provide the world’s best organ transplantation care to children through a combination of innovation, collaboration, compassion and perseverance.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health transplant team has performed more pediatric liver transplants over the past six years than any other center in the western United States (2017-2022, OPTN), and is second in the country in total pediatric liver transplant volume over that same period.

We perform some of the most highly complex, multi-organ transplants in the country, including liver-kidney and liver-heart transplants. We are a national leader in performing successful ABO incompatible liver transplants and one of a handful of transplant centers in the nation to offer adult-to-child living donor transplantation with cutting-edge 3-D laparoscopic hepatectomy.

Joshua E. Gossett, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, CCTC
Director, Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Center
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Call or Text: 650-313-0684
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UPMC Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh

Life Changing Medicine

As a nationally recognized center of excellence for pediatric transplantation, UPMC is a leader in pediatric liver transplant specializing in living donor transplant as well as transplants for those with metabolic diseases. Our pediatric hepatology and transplant services are always available for consultation. Pediatric transplant hepatology and transplant surgical fellowship training is offered by our teams. UPMC also directs a pediatric liver transplant network in collaboration with UVA Charlottesville, Advent Health Orlando and Atrium Health Charlotte, N.C.

Dawn Wilkerson
Transplant Administrator
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University of Virginia Children’s Hospital

Our children’s gastroenterology and GI surgery care has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our digestive care experts offer children highly specialized treatments at Virginia’s #1 children’s hospital.

At UVA Health Children's, we see children from across Virginia and throughout the country for particularly complex cases. We have been performing pediatric liver transplants since 1989. We are the only United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)–approved pediatric liver transplant program in Virginia, and we have the only board-certified pediatric liver transplant hepatologist in the state. We meet children and families where they live through hepatology clinics across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our pediatric liver transplant program has some of the best patient outcomes in the U.S.

Frank DiPaola, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Hepatology
Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA 22908
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Pediatric Liver Transplant

Department of Pediatrics

UW Health Kids Liver Transplant

Our dedicated team is nationally respected for their expert and compassionate care of pediatric liver transplant patients and their families

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is recruiting a Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist to join our team.

The Division is a team-oriented group that has a strong pediatric liver transplant program. Our multidisciplinary pediatric liver transplant team consists of a pediatric transplant hepatologist, a pediatric hepatology nurse practitioner, transplant surgeons, a pediatric interventional radiologist, a pediatric dietician, a pediatric social worker (dedicated to solid organ transplant), a pediatric behavioral psychologist, transplant coordinators, pediatric liver transplant anesthesia, and infectious disease experts. Our pediatric hepatology team offers care through specialized liver transplant and pediatric hepatology outpatient clinics at the freestanding American Family Children's Hospital and pediatric hepatology outreach is provided to areas within Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Our pediatric liver transplant program is an active registry site for SPLIT with support from the UW Health Transplant Center.

Leigh Fredericks
Faculty Recruiter, UW-Madison
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(608) 263-7735