Pediatric Liver Transplant Team

Led by Stuart Knechtle, M.D. and Rene Romero, M.D., the Children's Liver Transplant team is dedicated to caring for infants, children and young adults before, during and after pediatric liver transplantation.

About Our Physician Leaders

Stuart Knechtle, M.D., a leader in the field of liver transplant, serves as Surgical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and Chief of Transplant. He has designed and led a variety of clinical trials in organ transplantation. Prior to coming to Children’s, he led a team that performed Wisconsin's first liver transplant from a living donor and the state’s first combined liver/pancreas transplant.

Rene Romero, M.D., an award winning physician, educator and clinical researcher, is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and Clinical Director of Hepatology. He has extensive experience in acute liver failure, portal hypertension, viral hepatitis, hepatopulmonary syndrome and post transplant medical issues.


Stuart Knechtle, M.D.

Chief, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center
Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program

Andrew Adams, M.D., Ph.D.

Joseph Magliocca, M.D.

Rene Romero, M.D. Joseph H. Moss Chair, Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Clinical Director, Pediatric Hepatology
Program Director, Pediatric Transplant and Hepatology Fellowship Program

Saul Karpen, M.D., Ph.D.

Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Biomedical Chair
Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Emory University School of Medicine

Nitika Gupta, M.D., D.C.H., D.N.B., M.R.C.P.C.H.

Director, Adolescent Transplant Program

Miriam Vos, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Research Director, Health4Life Program

Other Team Members 

  • Pediatric anesthesiologist: A medical doctor that monitors your child during surgery. Your child will be given a special medicine (anesthesia) that allows him to be in a deep sleep so he cannot see, hear or feel anything, not even pain. 
  • Pediatric physician assistant and nurse practitioner: Clinical staff who assist your child’s doctor in the liver transplant surgery. They are supervised by doctors and help take care of your child before, during and after his surgery.
  • Pediatric liver transplant coordinator: Registered nurses specially trained to care for children before and after a liver transplant. They are available 24 hours a day for urgent matters.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and patient floor nurses: Nurses who care for the child while in the ICU and on the patient floor.
  • Pediatric respiratory care or respiratory therapist: Clinical staff who help your child with his breathing. They give breathing treatments, oxygen and monitor how your child breathes.
  • Pediatric registered dietitian/nutritionist: Clinical staff who evaluate diet and growth patterns both before and after liver transplant.
  • Transplant pharmacist: A pharmacist who has special training with transplant medicines. She arranges for your child’s medicines and teaches you what you need to know about them. She also helps with research studies.
  • Psychologist: A medical professional who helps you and your child cope with feelings about having a liver transplant. They pscyhologist helps with the transplant evaluation.
  • Physical therapist: Helps your child with exercises to make him stronger before and after the liver transplant. He can also teach you what you can do at home to help your child regain strength.
  • Child life, social workers, chaplains, teachers, therapistsProvide family-centered care through various support services
  • Transplant financial counselor: Educates you about your insurance policy and benefit coverage and help you figure out ways to minimize your out-of-pocket costs

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not our employees.