After being involved in organ transplantation for infants and children for over 30 years, I have two main operating principles. First, I think that the answer to most medical and related questions about a patient tends literally to lie with the patient at the bedside. Second, in the care of children with complex digestive problems and transplants, parents and other loved ones must be welcomed as key members of the healthcare team, participating in both the making of the decisions and the carrying-out of plans.
Dr. Kaufman is Medical Director of Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. A pediatric gastroenterologist by training, Dr. Kaufman has managed the medical care of pediatric patients with advanced liver diseases and liver transplants for over 30 years and intestinal transplants for over 20 years. Dr. Kaufman has also had a career-long focus in intestinal failure management and its complications, including intestinal failure-associated liver disease. Current research interests include alternative intravenous lipid emulsions in intestinal failure and the application of intestinal growth factor therapy to pediatric short bowel syndrome. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed original articles, reviews, and book chapters on these topics.
A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Kaufman completed a residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Michigan followed by a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.