Why did you feel that it was important to write a book on pediatric liver transplantation? What does your publication add to the field?
This is the first international book compiling worldwide experience on the only cure for end-stage liver disease in children – liver transplantation.
What is the most exciting aspect of Pediatric Liver Transplantation, 1st Edition? What chapter or topic covered are you most excited about?
The most challenging and exciting was to bring all different authors from different countries and continents together to produce this work. Personally, I found the most challenging chapter on how to get liver transplantation in a child to save the life as a temporary measure (auxiliary – helping liver grafting) and then to stop the anti-rejection medications later, when the liver of the child has sufficiently recovered to bring him/her back a full life with no toxic immunosuppressive medications.
Who will find the greatest value from this book and why?
Young doctors and health professionals taking part in this complex endeavor. I also hope that some of the families and patients themselves may find some aspects interesting.
What new ideas, practices, or procedures do you hope your readers take away from Pediatric Liver Transplantation, 1st Edition?
I hope they will realize that major medical achievements such as pediatric liver transplantation can only be accomplished through a team and collaborative work, where different scientific aspects are noted and then applied to a bedside context.
What problem do you hope the future generation of your specialty will be able to solve?
I hope that ability to recognize who could be tolerant to the liver grafting would be developed and the toxic medications would not be required forever.
Is there anything else about Pediatric Liver Transplantation, 1st Edition you’d like to say?
I would like to see the book surviving for the future as a useful milestone and reminder of where we have been and where we shall be going. Hopefully the next editions will give us that opportunity.
Nedim Dino Hadzic is a Professor of Pediatric Hepatology at King’s College in London, England. He has been working with children with liver diseases for nearly 30 years.