Riccardo A. Superina, MD

Head, Transplant Surgery; Co-Director, Siragusa Transplantation Center; Surgical Director, Kidney and Liver Transplant Programs; Robert E. Schneider Chair in Transplantation; Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Special Interests

Surgery (General Pediatric) Transplant Surgery, Transplantation – Intestinal Transplantation, Kidney Transplantation, Liver Transplantation

Research Interests

Liver transplantation; portal hypertension

Languages Spoken


Biographical Information

Professional Organizations

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Medical School

McGill University, Canada, 1975

Postgraduate Training

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, 1983; Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, 1981, 1980; Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, 1976


Board certified in: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Additional Information

​Additional information:

Dr. Superina is a world-renowned authority in the field of pediatric liver, kidney and intestinal transplantation and an internationally recognized expert in the surgical treatment of complex hepatobiliary conditions, pancreatic disease and endocrine tumors.

Because pediatric transplantation requires rigorous subspecialty training beyond traditional residency and fellowship, Dr. Superina is one of only a handful of pediatric surgeons in the United States with the depth of expertise and scope of training to perform highly specialized transplantation procedures of the intra-abdominal organs in children. Dr. Superina is a leading expert on the a procedure known as the meso-rex bypass, or Rex shunt, a complex liver surgery used to restore venous circulation in a rare condition known as pediatric portal vein hypertension. He has performed more than 200 such procedures — the largest pediatric case series in the world.

Dr. Superina’s expertise is sought after by patients and peers from across the globe. In addition to treating international patients at Lurie Children’s, Dr. Superina regularly travels abroad to perform demonstration surgeries and train fellow pediatric surgeons. He also provides mentorship to foreign physicians who visit Lurie for subspecialty training.

Dr. Superina’s clinical areas of expertise include liver transplantation — living donor, reduced size, split live — biliary atresia, bile duct malformations, portal hypertension, organ donation, intestinal and kidney transplantation. Dr. Superina is also an expert in alternative operative and non-operative strategies to avert transplantation in children with end-stage organ disease.

As an academician, Dr. Superina focuses on predictors of treatment success and clinical outcomes among children undergoing complex abdominal surgeries and transplantation. He has authored nearly 170 peer-reviewed publications.

Special interests

Liver transplantation, pancreatic surgery, biliary atresia, Whipple procedure, meso-rex bypass, portal vein thrombosis, intestinal transplantation, Abernethy malformation (congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt).





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