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Caroline Lemoine, MD

Caroline Lemoine, MD

Surgical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program; Attending Physician, Transplant Surgery & Surgery (General Pediatric); Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation Assistant Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Languages: English, French


Additional Information

Dr. Caroline Lemoine is a pediatric surgeon specializing in transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.  Her subspecialty training goes well beyond traditional residency and fellowship.  This additional training puts her into a unique category of pediatric surgeons.

As a member of the Siragusa Transplantation Center, Dr. Lemoine’s clinical areas of expertise include abdominal solid organ transplantation: liver transplantation (living donor, reduced size, split liver), kidney transplantation (living and deceased donor), intestinal transplantation, and organ donation.

In addition to transplant training, the members of the highly specialized team of surgeons within the Siragusa Transplantation Center have benefited from additional training in the field of complex pediatric hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Therefore, Dr. Lemoine also specializes in the surgical management of patients with portal hypertension, biliary atresia, choledochal cyst, but also liver and pancreatic tumors.  She also actively participates in the intestinal rehabilitation program, contributing to the multidisciplinary management of children with short gut syndrome.

As a pediatric surgeon, she also treats newborns, infants and children with a range of conditions including congenital and acquired diseases of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, traumatic injuries, hernias, gastroesophageal malformations, intestinal disease and anorectal malformations.

Procedures Performed


  • Liver Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Intestinal Transplantation
  • Dialysis access

Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery

  • Kasai procedure, choledochal cyst excision, liver tumor resection
  • Portal hypertension surgery (Meso-Rex bypass, distal splenorenal shunt, meso-caval shunt)
  • Congenital porto-systemic shunt (Abernethy malformation) ligation
  • Pancreatic surgery (Whipple’s procedure, pancreatic tumor resection)
  • Spleen surgery, splenectomy
  • Cholecystectomy

Intestinal Rehabilitation

  • Intestinal lengthening procedures (STEP procedure) 

Alimentary Tract Surgeries

  • Congenital abnormalities (abdominal wall defects, intestinal atresia, duplication, malrotation)
  • Nissen fundoplication, gastrostomy tube placement
  • Rectal surgery

Abdominal Surgeries

  • Endocrine surgeries, including surgeries of the adrenal gland
  • Retroperitoneal tumor resection (Wilms’ tumor, Neuroblastoma)
  • Mesenteric cyst and mesenteric tumor resection
  • Gynecologic surgeries (ovary surgery, including oophorectomy)

Other Pediatric Surgery Procedures

  • Lymph node biopsy and excision
  • Inguinal, umbilical, epigastric hernias
  • Undescended testicles
  • Circumcision

Specialties and Expertise

Transplantation (liver, kidney, intestinal); dialysis access.
Hepatobiliary surgery: portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis (distal splenorenal shunt, meso-rex bypass); biliary atresia; choledochal cyst; pancreatic surgery (including Whipple procedure); Abernethy malformation (congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt) ligation.
Clinical Interests: ​Complex pediatric hepatobiliary; pancreatic conditions (including liver and pancreatic tumors), portal hypertension, transplant surgery, kidney transplantation, liver transplantation, intestinal transplantation, intestinal rehabilitation surgery, general pediatric surgery

Education & Training

Education: Université de Montréal , 2007

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric surgery, CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, 2012-2014; Fellowship in advanced pediatric transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, 2014-2015; Fellowship in transplant surgery, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, 2015-2017; Residency in general surgery, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, 2007-2012

Board Certifications: Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery

Professional Organizations: American College of Surgeons; American Pediatric Surgical Association; Association Québécoise de Chirurgie; Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

See Northwestern University Faculty Profile


Research Interests: Transplantation, portal hypertension

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