ILTS Insights – Pediatric liver transplantation for metabolic liver disease

Join us on November 19 to hear pediatric transplant experts George Mazariegos and Ciğdem Arıkan share their insights in this second webinar of the two-part series organized by the Pediatrics Committee!


ILTS Insights: Pediatric liver transplantation for metabolic liver disease

Date: November 19, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM CET / 8:00 AM EST


The ILTS Pediatrics Committee invites you to join two webinars in November 2021!

In this second webinar, the indication and timing of liver transplantation for metabolic diseases will be presented by pediatric transplant experts George V. Mazariegos and Ciğdem Arıkan.



  • Discuss the indication and timing of liver transplantation for metabolic liver disease in children
  • Discuss the indication and posttransplant management of PFIC-1


  • Introduction
  • Liver Transplantation for Metabolic liver disease (George V. Mazariegos)
  • Liver transplantation for PFIC-1 (Ciğdem Arıkan)
  • Q&A moderated by Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos and Nam-Joon Yi


George V. Mazariegos, MD, FACS, specializes in pediatric transplant surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the American College of Surgeons and is chief of Pediatric Transplantation at UPMC while holding the title of Jamie Lee Curtis Chair in Transplantation Surgery. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, completed his residency at Michigan State University, followed by fellowships at UPMC in critical care medicine, and the Thomas E. Starzl fellowship in transplantation, hepatic, and multivisceral transplantation.

Dr. Mazariegos’ clinical interests include treatment of pediatric patients who have liver and intestinal disease that require transplantation or hepatobiliary surgery. He is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the Pediatric Committee of the International Liver Transplant Society. He and colleagues recently founded the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation, a learning health system focused on accelerating innovation and patient centered care in pediatric transplantation.

Ciğdem Arıkan, MD, completed her high school education in Istanbul Erenkoy High school in 1995 and then graduated from İstanbul University Medical Faculty. She got her degree on children’s health and diseases in Marmara University İn the year 2001, the same year in Ege University she started Child Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition science as a side branch and graduated in the year 2005. Between the years 2005-2006 she worked in the Texas Childrens Hospital Liver research center. Dr. Arıkan won 6 scientific awards, 2 abroad research scholarships, 62 international research articles and Her h-index is 22. She is a member of ILTS, ESPGHAN, EASL, IPTRA, the Turkish Liver research association, the Turkish Pediatric Association, the Turkish Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Association, KEPAN and works as an advisor for many international magazines.



Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD, Medical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program, Intermountain Medical Center and Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplantation, Primary Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Rodriguez-Davalos has previously held positions in transplant at Yale University, Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York Medical College.He is committed to innovation and collaboration to improve organ donation, transplantation and allocation systems to benefit those in need, especially children.

He has particular interest in living donor transplants, organ allocation, and portal hypertension. His current research involves living donor liver transplantation the use of partial grafts and extended criteria for donation in liver transplantation, and preservation techniques for decreasing ischemia-reperfusion injury.

He has served on numerous liver transplantation advisory boards and was a member at large of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS ) Liver Committee and as well as the pediatric transplantation committee. He is part of the publications committee with IPTA, Education committee of TTS, Associate editor of our journal “Transplantation”, Task force for liver allocation with SPLIT and oversees the International Liver Transplant Society Pediatric Liver Transplant Registry.

He received his medical degree from the Anahuac University. He did a year of research in portal hypertension and hepatobiliary surgery at the National Institutes of Health System in Mexico. He was a surgical intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. He was a clinical fellow in multi-organ transplant surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Nam-Joon Yi, MD, PhD, is currently a professor of Surgery at Seoul National University College of Medicine. She obtained her MD and PhD degree s at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea in 1996 and 2004. Since 2002, she started her clinical fellowship and has dedicated to set up a living donor liver transplantation program in H BP Surgery division of Seoul National University Hospital. She has special expertise in living donor and pediatric liver transplantation. Her research interests include micro chimerism of the liver graft in the pediatric transplantation, regeneration of the small for size graft, and operational tolerance in liver transplantation.


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