Intestinal Rehabilitation 

The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program is devoted to avoiding transplantation when possible using medical, surgical and nutritional rehabilitation strategies. A majority of our program patients, 80%, avoid transplantation through intestinal rehabilitation.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

Approaches used by our multidisciplinary team to avoid transplantation include the serial transverse enteroplasty procedure (STEP), a surgical technique used to increase bowel length and help increase absorption; nutritional strategies to help patients maintain normal growth; and isolated intestinal transplant before irreversible TPN-associated liver injury calls for a liver transplant.

The research managed by Valeria Cohran, MD, is an important part of our program. Learn about both clinical and laboratory research in the Transplantation Division.

Our Specialists

Dr. Cohran is Medical Director of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation and Attending Physician, Gastroenterology. Dr. Cohran is board-certified in pediatric transplant hepatology and pediatric gastroenterology.

Learn More

Find more details about the Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplantation Program in our Transplant Division.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


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