News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Oct. 8,  2008

Emory and Children's Pediatric Liver Transplant Program Earns Accreditation

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Emory University School of Medicine's pediatric transplant hepatology fellowship program recently earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educators (ACGME). The fellowship program is housed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and staffed by both Emory and Children's physicians.

The ACGME is responsible for the accreditation of U.S. post-MD training programs. ACGME accreditation is accomplished through a peer-review process and is based on established standards and guidelines. The mission of the ACGME is to improve the quality of health in the United States by ensuring and improving the quality of graduate medical education experience for physicians in training.

"The pediatric transplant hepatology fellowship program is pleased to receive the recognition and accreditation from the ACGME," says Rene Romero, MD, assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology, Emory University School of Medicine, and medical director of pediatric liver transplantation, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"As we continue to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary medical and surgical services to children with liver disease, we are proud to provide physicians from across the country with the opportunity to train and learn at one of the top pediatric liver transplant programs in the country," adds Romero.

The Emory and Children's pediatric liver transplant program averages 22 liver transplants a year, one of the highest pediatric transplant volumes in the country. In 2007, the pediatric hepatology program had 122 admissions, 146 consults, 2,356 inpatient visits, 1,239 outpatient visits and 178 procedures. The fellows involved in the Children's program complete six months of inpatient clinical service and attend a half-day post-transplant clinic each week.

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