Organ and Tissue Transplantation

When an organ transplant is necessary for children and adolescents with life-threatening illnesses, knowledge, experience, and outcomes are key.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to a dedicated team of highly skilled specialists who perform heart, kidney, and liver transplant procedures for young patients. Members of the multidisciplinary care team—surgeons, physician specialists, anesthesiologists, nurses, pharmacists, child-life specialists, therapists, technologists, social work specialists, and support staff—work collaboratively with families to deliver seamless care with outstanding results.

We recognize that transplant surgery is an ongoing physical and emotional journey for patients and their families. In addition to state-of-the-art medical and surgical care, our approach emphasizes dignity and respect, information sharing, participation, and collaboration involving both the child and the family—beginning before transplant procedure and continuing throughout the first year and beyond.

It’s the type of care families expect at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. It’s the type of care patients at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital receive.

Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program

Our transplant specialists use a team approach to care for patients with congenital heart disease and other forms of heart failure. Since the program started, more than 50 children have received heart transplants at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Program

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital specialists have performed pediatric kidney transplants for many years with excellent outcomes.

Pediatric Liver Transplantation Program 

UI Hospitals & Clinics has performed liver transplants on adults and children since 1984. Our liver transplant program is among the nation's best, with excellent outcomes and dedicated service to our patients. 

Lodging and Other Services

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital offers convenient couches, cots, or recliners that allow parents to rest yet still be close to their children following a transplant procedure.

Many motels/hotels in the Iowa City-Coralville area offer hospital rates to patients and families. For a complete list of lodging opportunities, call Concierge Services at UI Hospitals & Clinics at 1-319-356-1900.

The 16-room UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Family Suite, part of the Helen K. Rossi Volunteer Guest House, provides lodging and support services, primarily to family members of patients in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Guests are charged a nominal fee for these rooms.

The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City also serves families of children up to age 18 who are receiving critical medical care at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Referrals are prioritized on a waiting list according to the severity of the child’s illness and distance traveled. Guests are charged a nominal fee.

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Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)