Children's Hospital Colorado
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The Pediatric Liver Center at Children's Hospital Colorado, managed jointly by the medical, surgical and transplantation teams, is a multidisciplinary clinic specifically designed to meet the needs of children with liver disease. The staff of the Pediatric Liver Center are internationally recognized for contributions leading to new discoveries in diagnosis, treatment and surgery for pediatric hepatobiliary (liver, gallbladder and bile related) disorders.

Why choose Children’s Colorado for liver care?

Children's Colorado, in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is the only provider of complete pediatric multispecialty liver disease and liver transplant services in the Rocky Mountain region. The multidisciplinary care team of hepatology physicians and surgeons, nurses, dietitians, social workers and psychologists provide comprehensive services from diagnosis to treatment.

Novel therapies are available through clinical trials. We work closely with specialists in radiology, pathology and diagnostics who have expertise in pediatric liver diseases. Leveraging these services available at Children’s Colorado, patients can receive a comprehensive evaluation in one center.  

If liver transplantation is appropriate, the same care team directs the transplantation evaluation process with seamless transitions. Available liver transplant options include whole liver, reduced segment liver, split liver and living related donor liver transplants.The program emphasizes excellent liver disease and transplant outcome and a close working relationship with primary care providers and families.

Specific conditions we treat

Services offered

  • Liver transplantation, evaluation and follow-up
  • Advanced technologies and the most current treatment protocols for improved diagnosis, care, education and recovery
  • Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric transplant hepatologists, pediatric surgeons and transplant surgeons
  • Pediatric nurses specially trained in the treatment of pediatric liver and biliary disorders
  • Comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and treatment for all pediatric hepatic and biliary disorders
  • Consultation, evaluation and administration of liver transplant candidacy
  • Clinical trials of new medications and treatments
  • NIH funded clinical research studies of novel diagnostic and treatment modalities
  • Educational services for patients, families, school, staff, physicians and other providers
  • Advanced endoscopic procedures (including ERCP and MRCP) for diagnosis and therapy
  • Nutrition counseling and support provided by a Pediatric dietitian/nutritionist
  • Nurse transplant coordinators
  • Psycho-social evaluations and follow-up, patient and family support groups
  • Interventional radiological procedures
  • Part of several national networks of pediatric research centers for liver disease
  • Surgical treatment including the Kasai procedure for biliary atresia
  • Assistance in accessing financial resources
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Keeping you safe, wherever you are

We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Julia Boster, MD

Julia Boster, MD

Gastroenterology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Fritz Karrer, MD

Fritz Karrer, MD

Surgery - Pediatric, Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Jonathan Roach, MD

Jonathan Roach, MD

Surgery - Pediatric, Surgery

Shikha Sundaram, MD

Shikha Sundaram, MD

Gastroenterology - Pediatric, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

Children's Colorado in the news

  • CBS News
    Altruistic organ donor meets recipient
    mayo 31, 2018

    Manolo Gonzales had a life-threatening defect that was causing his liver to fail. Rebecca donated a portion of her liver not knowing who the recipient would be. The transplant changed Manolo's life.