Our Approach to Care
If your child has been diagnosed with a liver disorder, our expert pediatric care team will tailor your child’s treatment to the type and severity of the liver condition, the prognosis of the underlying disease, family preferences, and your child’s overall health. Treatment is individualized and tailored to your child’s unique needs. Our goal is to manage and monitor your child’s liver condition from diagnosis until adulthood, so that any disease progression can be treated quickly and effectively.
Holistic and Comprehensive Care
We recognize that every child with a liver disorder has a unique set of symptoms, circumstances, and needs. We take a holistic approach to care that considers the entire patient, including his or her physical, emotional, and social factors. We strive to partner with patients and their parents in shared decision-making, empowering them with knowledge, support, and the most effective treatment options to achieve the best possible outcome for every child.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Care
NewYork-Presbyterian’s multidisciplinary liver teams have a history of close collaboration among clinical specialists, including hepatologists (liver experts), gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons (liver surgeons), radiologists, pathologists, social workers, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners. This multidisciplinary team approach extends to the ongoing management of the liver condition throughout the childhood years.
Continuity of Care from Infancy to Adulthood
At NewYork-Presbyterian, a vital aspect of our liver disease program is continuity of care. Our team cares for our patients both in our outpatient offices and when admitted to the hospital. If a child with liver disease ultimately needs a liver transplant, the same team continues to provide seamless care, giving the family and child much-needed continuity. With the proper liver care and management, many children may avoid a transplant.
The liver transplant team is uniquely poised and committed to providing ongoing care to our patients. Our team cares for children until they are young adults, after which they transition to our adult hepatologist colleagues. Through our multidisciplinary transition of care program, we actively collaborate with the adult practitioners to make the process of transition to adult care as seamless as possible. We take extreme pride in watching our patients flourish and attain their dreams.
Parents As Team Members
As a parent, only you can provide important information about your child, especially how they were before becoming ill, and how they are feeling now. You can also help other team members shape your child's personalized treatment program based on your child's physical, emotional, and practical needs. Your input is critical for making final decisions regarding your child's care and our multidisciplinary team is here to work alongside you and your family to achieve the greatest possible outcomes for your child.