Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program

The Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program specializes in treating children with intestinal failure. People with intestinal failure may receive all or some of their nutrients from total parenteral nutrition (TPN), a process of providing liquid nutrition through a catheter placed in a vein. Long-term use of TPN can cause life-threatening complications. Our program helps patients minimize the need for TPN and ultimately transition to eating food, thus improving their health and quality of life. For a few patients with intestinal failure who can't be weaned from TPN and who have life-threatening complications, an intestinal transplant is an option.

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The Organ Transplant Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is one of the largest and most highly regarded programs of its kind in the country. It's also one of the few programs that performs intestinal transplants in children. We're leaders in kidney and liver transplants for children, attracting patients from throughout the West Coast. Some children, such as those who have intestinal failure and irreversible liver failure, may require a combined intestinal transplant and liver transplant.

As pediatric specialists, we know the challenges presented by the small, developing bodies of children. Our team of intestinal transplant experts includes a pediatric surgeon, a transplant surgeon, liver specialists, gastroenterologists, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, child life specialists, pharmacists and dietitians specially trained in caring for children.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (877) 762-6935

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


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Our Team

Melvin Heyman
Melvin Heyman, MD, MPH
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Sang-Mo Kang
Sang-Mo Kang, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Hanmin Lee
Hanmin Lee, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
David Quan
David Quan
Rebecca Ratcliff
Rebecca Ratcliff, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Sue Rhee
Sue Rhee, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver specialist
Philip Rosenthal
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Pediatric hepatologist