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Multi-Organ Transplant Program

The Multi-Organ Transplant (MOT) program at BC Children’s Hospital was established in 2009 and is the only transplant program in Canada that provides integrated services to kidney, heart, lung, and liver transplant recipients under one program.
Our Program

The MOT program includes a comprehensive interdisciplinary team that strives to provide state-of-the-art care to patients living with a solid organ transplant. We endeavour to promote and improve the quality of life of children and youth living with an organ transplant through excellence in evidence-based clinical care, clinical and basic research, and education and advocacy. This includes: 

  • pre-transplant assessments
  • transplant surgery for kidney and heart transplant recipients
  • post-transplant follow-up care until age 19
  • transition to adult care
  • psychosocial supports

We are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of these children and youth in the MOT program, as well as their families, by providing excellent family-centered clinical care. We seek to rehabilitate children and youth with organ failure after transplantation, including attention to their physical and mental health, and their quality of life.

The MOT program is a training hub for aspiring physicians, surgeons, nursing and allied health professionals seeking to gain special expertise in transplantation care, and these trainees further enhance the quality of care provided under the MOT program. Research is critical to continue improving health and wellness outcomes after organ transplantation, so patients and families are offered different opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research. That includes discovering new ways to preserve graft function, identify and treat rejection earlier and better, addressing barriers to medication adherence, and improving quality of life for children with an organ transplant. Finally, we continue to advocate for organ donation and services that will benefit children and youth with organ failure, in collaboration with community and national partners.

Our Team

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Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen
MOT Director, Kidney Transplant 
Tom.BlydtHansen@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Blydt-Hansen is the Medical Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program, and Clinical Director of the Kidney Transplant Service. He provides care of kidney transplant recipients and consultation for children with heart, liver and lung transplants. He has been with the MOT Program since October, 2014. 

Dr. Blydt-Hansen's Research Page



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Dr. Derek Human
Heart Transplant
dhuman@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Human is the former Head of the Division of Cardiology at BC Children's Hospital, and a Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia. He remains in active clinical practice and is the Medical Director of the heart function and transplantation service, which he has been a part of since 1994.

Dr. Human's Research Page



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Dr. Kathryn Armstrong
Heart Transplant
Kathryn.Armstrong@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Armstrong obtained her Bachelor of Science & Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB) from the University of Aberdeen in 2002. She has also been recruited to the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UBC as a Pediatric Cardiologist specializing in Heart Function and Heart Transplant. Dr Armstrong enjoys teaching and hopes to become a mentor for cardiology fellows. Her academic interests are rooted in the field of autonomic dysfunction and heart transplant.

Dr. Armstrong's Research Page



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Dr. Richard Schreiber
Liver Transplant
rschreiber@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Schreiber is the Division of Gastroenterology's senior liver specialist and Director of BC Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. His clinical research interests include biliary atresia, pediatric viral hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis and liver transplant. Dr. Schreiber is the medical advisor for the BC Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program (www.perinatalservices.bc.ca.) and Co-Chair of the Canadian Biliary Atresia Registry (www.cbar.ca). He is President of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (www.hepatology.ca). He has been involved with the MOT program since its inception in 2002 and cares for our patients both before and after liver transplantation.

Dr. Schreiber's Research Page



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Dr. Orlee Guttman
Liver Transplant 
OGuttman@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Guttman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, as well as the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director. She has been involved in the MOT clinic since 2009, and is involved in the care of patients after liver transplantation.


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Dr. Mark Chilvers
Lung Transplant 
MChilvers@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Chilvers is the clinic director for the BCCH Cystic Fibrosis program, respirologist, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Chilvers works with the Multi Organ Transplant team to provide care and support for pre and post lung transplant patients. 

Dr. Chilvers' Research Page



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Dr. Soren Gantt
Transplant Infectious Disease 
Soren.Gantt@cw.bc.ca

Since 2013, Dr. Gantt has been a member of the clinical staff at BC Children's Hospital, and a principal investigator at the Research Institute and the Vaccine Evaluation Center. In addition, for the last 10 years Dr. Gantt has worked closely with solid organ transplant groups, as a clinical consultant, developing care guidelines and educational curricula, and conducting research to prevent infectious diseases in pediatric transplant patients. 

Dr. Gantt's Research Page


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Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi
Cardiac-thoracic Surgeon
SGandhi@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Gandhi is currently the Chief of Pediatric, Cardiovascular, and Thoracic Surgery at BC Children's Hospital. He is experienced in all aspects of congenital heart surgery, with particular expertise in complex neonatal procedures, pediatric electrophysiology, Cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical support for pediatric heart failure.



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Dr. Andrew Campbell
Cardiac-thoracic Surgeon
acampbell@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Campbell is a Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon at the BC Children's Hospital Heart Centre, as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Andrew MacNeily
Urologist
amacneily@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Kourosh Afshar
Urologist
Kafshar@cw.bc.ca

Dr. John Masterson
Urologist
jmasterson@cw.bc.ca

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Jessie Ahuja
Transplant Coordinator (BScN, RN)
jahuja@cw.bc.ca

Jessie has been working at BC Children's since 1997 starting in bedside care of medical and surgical patients, and then moving over to Ambulatory care positions in gastroenterology and endoscopy.  She has been in the role of Transplant Nurse Coordinator since 2007.  Jessie assists in the coordination of care for all patients who require solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney or lung) in both the pre-transplant phase and the post-transplant phase.  



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Sarah Fay
Transplant Coordinator (BScN, RN)
sfay@cw.bc.ca

Sarah has worked at the BC Children's Hospital in various nursing roles since 2006, before joining the Multi Organ Transplant Team as one of the Transplant Nurse Coordinators in 2016.  Sarah assists in the overall coordination of care of solid organ transplant (heart, kidney, liver and lung) patients and their families.  



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Marijana Kraljevic
Transplant Coordinator (BScN, RN, MSN)
MKraljevic@cw.bc.ca

Marijana has been working at the Children's Hospital since 1999, and has been a casual RN for the Multi-Organ Transplant Program for the past three years.  She has worked on Cardiology and Medical units as a bedside RN, as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator on the Medical Unit, and as a UBC Clinical Instructor.  



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Dr. Katie Haubrich
Pharmacist (BSc Pharm, PharmD)
Kathryn.Haubrich@cw.bc.ca

In her role as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplant, Katie cares for children with chronic kidney disease, and those with kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants to optimize medication therapy, and educate patients and their families about their medications. Her current research areas include immunosuppressant pharmacokinetics (how your body deals with the immune-suppressing drugs you need after a transplant) and monitoring for adverse effects of medications in transplant recipients.  She is also a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and mentor students and pharmacy residents training in hospital clinical practice. She completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Alberta, and has been with BC Children's Hospital since 2014, and in her current role with the MOT team since 2016. 



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Dr. Erin Moon
Psychologist (PhD, R Psych)
EMoon2@cw.bc.ca

Dr. Erin Moon, R. Psych completed her doctoral training at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). She is a Registered Psychologist specializing in child and youth clinical psychology. She began working with the Multi-Organ Transplant (MOT) Program in 2012. In this position, Dr. Moon provides evidence-based assessment and therapy for children and youth with mental health and behavioural concerns related to their medical condition. Dr. Moon's work with families also includes brief therapy for parents to help them manage the stress of their child's medical condition. Dr. Moon provides consultation to the interdisciplinary MOT team, schools, and community care providers. Dr. Moon's research interests include the assessment and management of acute and chronic pain in children and youth. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in this area. 



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Soleina Maherali
Dietitian (BSc - FNH, RD)
Soleina.Maherali@cw.bc.ca

Soleina completed her Dietetic Internship through UBC in June 2017 and began working with BC Children’s shortly after. Currently, she is covering a maternity leave in the MOT department until June 2019. As the dietitian for the MOT team, she conducts nutrition assessments during all stages of the transplant process and develops nutrition care plans to support the nutrition and growth of patients. She is passionate about supporting children and families to achieve their health care goals and providing practical, evidence-based approaches to support a healthy lifestyle. 



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Preeti Zimmer
Dietitian (RD, CNSC)
Preeti.Zimmer@cw.bc.ca

Preeti has been a Registered Dietitian at BC Children's hospital for the last ten years and recently joined the MOT team in November 2017. Her role within the team is to develop nutrition care plans that meet the nutritional, medical and cultural needs of the patient and family during all stages of the transplant process. She is passionate about working with children and their families to optimize growth, improve nutrition status and provide education on healthy lifestyle choices.


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Stephanie Watt
Social Worker (MSW, RSW)
Stephanie.Watt@phsa.ca

Stephanie has a passion for working with families in healthcare and has worked in a variety of areas at BC Children's and Women's hospital including a residential treatment centre and inpatient medical and surgical units. In her role as MOT Social Worker, Stephanie provides post-transplant psychosocial care and support to all patients who have received a solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney, or lung) until they transition to adult care. She also conducts pre-transplant assessments, which involves psychosocial assessments of all patients who require a solid organ transplant. 



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Karen Chin
Social Worker (MSW, RSW)
Kchin@cw.bc.ca

Karen has been working at BC Children's since 2002, starting in Oncology and then moving other areas of the hospital and eventually starting in the MOT program in 2009.  Karen provides post-transplant psychosocial care to all patients who has received a solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney or lung) until they transition to adult care.  She also conducts psychosocial assessments on all patients who require a solid organ transplant as part of the pre-transplant assessment.



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Rita Marchildon 
Child life therapist (BA, CCLS)
rmarchildon@cw.bc.ca

Rita has been a child life specialist at BC Children's Hospital since 1989, and is certified with the Association of Child Life Professionals. She has been a part of the MOT program since 2015, and has often worked with families in the Renal Dialysis Unit.


Child life specialists promote effective coping with health care experiences through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children and youth facing a broad range of challenging experiences. Working collaboratively with the health care team, child life specialists address the psychosocial and emotional needs to make hospital experiences more positive for patients and their families.


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Julie Fairbairn
Physiotherapist (PT)
jfairbairn@cw.bc.ca

Julie has worked at BC Children's Hospital since 2005.  She works in a variety of clinical areas and joined the MOT team in 2015.  Physiotherapists work with children and their families in hospital after transplant to facilitate and support early mobilisation.  Julie assists in the rehab process by collaborating with the MOT team, patient and family to set individual goals that support motor development, physical activity, exercise and participation.  

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Anna Shvets
Research Coordinator (MSc)
ashvets@bcchr.ca

Anna joined the Blydt-Hansen research team as the Solid Organ Transplant Research Coordinator in May 2017. She is responsible for the management and coordination of the solid organ transplant clinical research program at BC Children's Hospital, and the integration of the program into larger collaborations with the focus on quality of life after transplant, sample collection, and developing diagnostic biomarkers for pediatric solid organ transplant.


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Tyki Sueyoshi
Research Assistant (BSc)
tyki.sueyoshi@bcchr.ca

Tyki is a research assistant and database manager for the HOPE SOT research registry. He also provides support for other studies including PROBE, SOT BioBank, NAPRTCS, Transplant BioBank, and POSITIVE-Adherence. He has been with the program since 2017.


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Jantzen Fan
Research Assistant (BSc)
jantzen.fan@bcchr.ca

Jantzen is a Research Assistant working on multiple projects with a main focus on chronic kidney disease and renal transplants. Some studies he is currently involved with includes: CKiD, PROBE, SOT BioBank, HOPE SOT, and NAPRTCS. He has been with the program since 2018.



Harjeewan Sohi
MOT Booking Clerk
harjeewan.sohi@cw.bc.ca

Lani Coloma 
Nursing Unit Clerk, Pre-Transplant
Lani.Coloma@cw.bc.ca

Follow Up

We follow most patients every 3 to 6 months in the clinic (children under 6 every 3 months), depending on your child's age, how far away you live, and your doctor's wishes. We will arrange a follow-up visit with you before you leave. 

If needed, proceed to the outpatient pharmacy located on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care Building to pick up your medications. Please remember to order your medications 1-2 weeks before coming to your transplant clinic appointment.


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