Liver Transplantation Teen Clinic

Our first-of-its-kind Teen Clinic for liver transplant patients helps prepare adolescents with liver transplants for their adult health care needs. Advances in the long-term survival of pediatric transplant patients make the move from pediatric to adult post-transplant care a routine part of growing up.
 
Our Goals

  • Help your teenager gain a realistic understanding of his/her health
  • Help shift primary interest in and management of your child’s health from you to your child
  • Help your child meet and enjoy getting to know other teens with transplants
  • We also set age-specific goals for our patients.

For younger patients, the teen clinic helps them learn how to describe their health status, read a thermometer, while older patients learn the names and purposes of tests, how to call the clinic, and handle their own appointments.

The teen clinic is held four to six times a year during regular business hours. Our multidisciplinary team includes hepatologists, child psychiatrists, social workers and transplant coordinators. The team speaks to your teen without you in the room to allow your child to explore their thoughts, encourage health promotion, and opportunities for self-advocacy training. Teens then gather in a room with a child psychiatrist to discuss anything that may be on their minds.

For more information, contact us online or call (650) 736-7642.