Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

Purple phone icon

Appointments: 1.800.543.7362

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, APRN-NP; Hannah Auger, MSW, LCSW; Valeria C. Cohran, MD; Kim Pearson, RN; Joshua D. Prozialeck, MD; Katherine Brennan, MSN, APRN-NP, 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.


If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, visit our Appointments page for more information.

Contact Our Team

To accommodate the demands of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Program’s (IRP) growth, we have established a dedicated IRP phone line for all clinical needs. This will allow for prompt access to a clinical team member. Please call 312.227.0560 to speak directly with a nurse. As always, for emergent clinical needs after hours, please page our GI Fellow on call at 312.227.4000.

For easy, electronic communication with your child’s care team, we strongly encourage all families to sign up for MyChart. MyChart gives you direct online access to portions of your child’s electronic medical record, where your child’s health information is stored. To sign up for MyChart, please go to or call our Program Coordinator at 312.227.4576.


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