Riccardo A. Superina, MD

Division Head, Transplant Surgery; Co-Director, Siragusa Transplantation Center; Surgical Director, Intestinal and Liver Transplant Programs; Robert E. Schneider Chair in Transplantation; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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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).

Clinical Interests

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

Education & Training

Education: McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Quebec, Canada, 1975

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in transplantation, John Radcliffe Hospital, England, 1983-1985; Fellowship in pediatric surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 1981-1983; Residency in general surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, 1976-1981; Internship, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, 1976

Board Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Professional Organizations: American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Research & Publications