Pediatric Liver Center

The Pediatric Liver Center at Lurie Children’s brings together leaders in pediatric hepatology, pediatric surgery, transplant surgery, pathology, infectious disease, oncology and medical imaging to collectively treat patients with a range of liver conditions.

Our interdisciplinary approach assures that we are looking at the whole picture for your child’s care. Our team also works closely with clinical nutrition, nursing and social work.

Through cutting-edge treatment and surgical interventions, our goal is to improve quality of life and avoid transplant whenever possible. When transplant is the only option, our Liver Transplant Program is among the most experienced in the country. Lurie Children’s Comprehensive Hepatobiliary Surgical Program is additional resource for some patients with liver conditions.


The Liver Center is led by Riccardo Superina, MD, and Catherine Chapin, MD.

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. He 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. He is also an expert in alternative operative and non-operative strategies to avert transplantation in children with end-stage organ disease, and an author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Chapin is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and in Pediatric Advanced Transplant Hepatology. She has expertise treating children with a wide range of acute and chronic liver diseases including optimizing medical management for children who require liver transplantation. Her primary research focus is Acute Liver Failure and she has published many original articles and is involved in NIH sponsored research in this area. Other areas of interest include post-liver transplant immunosuppression optimization and studies of immunosuppression minimization and withdrawal. She is also the Lurie Children's site investigator for SPLIT (the Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation), and director of the Lurie Pediatric Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program.

What to Expect

New patients will be evaluated by a pediatric hepatologist and/or pediatric hepatobiliary surgeon during their combined clinic hours.

After the initial consultation, other specialists may become involved, and participate in regular patient conferences.


Our center is actively involved in many of the nation’s research consortium’s, including CHILDREN SPLIT, and the STARZL network. This means our providers, in addition to providing compassionate care, are researching ways to improve treatment for a range of conditions.

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment, call the Division of Transplant and Advanced Hepatobiliary Surgery, 312.227.4040.