Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

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


(from left) Teresa Kodiak, APN, NP; Hannah Auger, MSW, LCSW; Valeria C. Cohran, MD; Kim Pearson, RN; Joshua D. Prozialeck, MD; Katherine Brennan, MSN, APN, FNP-C, CPN; Flori Brione, MS, RD, CSP, FDN

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.


To schedule an appointment in Spina Bifida Clinic or Tethered Cord Clinic please call 312.227.4220 and speak to Dani Gacek, Spina Bifida Administrative Coordinator, or Luis Suncin, Spina Bifida Liaison. Due to the nature of this clinic, online scheduling is not available.

To speak with the Spina Bifida Nurse Coordinator, please call 312.227.4883.


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500