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National Center for Child Health and Development

Conditions Treated
Division of Transplant Immunology: Liver Disease (Biliary Atresia, Metabolic Disease, Severe
Hepatitis, etc.)
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Cleft Lip and Palate, Premature Craniosynostosis, Microtia, Congenital Anomaly of Hands and Feet, Scar Contracture of Burns and Injury.
Division of Ophthalmology: Retinopathy of Prematurity, Retinal Detachment, Congenital Cataracts, Glaucoma, Retinoblastoma.

Treatment Methods (Living-Donor Liver Transplants, Cleft Lip and Palate, Microtia, Retinopathy of Prematurity, etc.)

At the Division of Transplant Immunology, we perform living-donor liver transplants for severe cases of liver diseases. Although cadaver donor transplants predominate overseas in the case of liver transplants, living-donor transplants have advanced in Japan due to an overwhelming shortage of donors. At our center, we perform approximately 40 cases per year, which is high even by international standards and accounts for a third of all cases in Japan. The graft survival rate among children is one of the highest in the world, and the 5-year survival rate is 92%. The rate of complications for donors is exceptionally low. Furthermore, the surgical procedure of splitting an adult liver in order to match the patient’s weight, allowing for a customized transplant, was developed at our center. Only a few institutions in the world can perform this procedure.

At the plastic surgery division, our motto is “Maximum effect with the least invasion.” We provide painless treatment, treatment that prevents growth disorders, and treatment that does not frighten children, while performing over 300 surgeries per year. In cleft lip and palate reconstruction, not only the cleft lip and palate are repaired but treatment is also provided to improve speech function. In cleft palate reconstruction alone, many patients can resume normal speech after the first surgery. In the case of microtia surgeries, high quality repair or reconstruction of the outer ear utilizing advanced techniques is performed, and we have been accepting patients from abroad.

In the field of ophthalmology, there are only a few physicians in the world capable of performing highly technical surgeries. Our center is set up with the latest medical devices and staffed with widely skilled physicians to accommodate various surgeries and treatments. We take pride in performing one of the largest numbers of surgeries in Japan, with more than 500 cases every year, and we are also experienced in special and severe cases. Our center developed a surgical method for severe cases of retinopathy of prematurity, and as this surgery involves an extremely complicated procedure, our center is the only facility performing this surgery at this point in time. In addition, we have various specialty outpatient clinics, including a cornea outpatient clinic for children, where we perform cornea transplants, intraocular lens implants, and eye plastic surgery.

Features of Our Center

Number of Living-Donor Liver Transplants
at Our Center

Number of Living-Donor Liver Transplants at Our Center

The National Center for Child Health and Development was established in 2002 as a national center, aiming to promote child health and development, and conduct related research. Today, the hospital and research center continue to collaboratively work to develop and provide advanced and pioneering medical care, as the leader in the field of child health and development in Japan. The main feature of our center is our high level of expertise in the entire field of child health and development, and we comprehensively provide healthcare services through team medicine.

Our facility is internationally renowned for its advanced healthcare services in treating children with serious diseases. We are famous for the number of liver transplants we have performed in children and for our top-class results. We are also known for our highly advanced surgical techniques for microtia and our therapy for retinopathy of prematurity, which is only available at this center. Another feature of our center is the establishment of the Department of Interdisciplinary Medicine, a division that comprehensively supports the healthy development of children‘s bodies and minds, which cannot be accommodated by organ-specific treatment alone.

We admit many international patients at our hospital, but it is important that prior documentation such as test results and others are all compiled in advance in their home countries.

A Message to International Patients from Our Center

Dr. Kohji Nishida
Dr. Akira Matsui

Dr. Kohji Nishida
Dr. Mureo Kasahara
Head, Transplantation Center

Dr. Kohji Nishida
Dr. Tsuyoshi Kaneko
Head, Department of Surgical Specialities / Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Kohji Nishida
Dr. Noriyuki Azuma
Chief, Division of Ophthalmology

Human development begins with the fetus and progresses to adulthood, with the stages of infancy to adolescence in between. Children‘s healthcare and development care is a medical specialty that comprehensively and continuously oversees this entire process, which leads to the development of the next generation. Here at our center, as a model medical institution for child health and development, we can provide advanced pioneering medical care in the form of team medicine. In order to realize a people—and environmentally—friendly “Green Hospital,” we have created the “Garden of Growth,” a lush retreat with greenery and water, and the “Rooftop Garden,” where outdoor activities can be enjoyed. Patients and families can come here to relax during treatment. In addition, our center has 24-hour visiting hours even in the ICU, so that families can be at ease.

We are very experienced in admitting patients from overseas, and can accommodate dietary needs according to your lifestyle and religion and/or any other requests. We would sincerely like you to visit our English website.

Overview of the Treatment Schedule (Model Case: Liver Transplant)

The following items are required for admittance:

  • Proof that the patient and donor are related by blood (in principle, within three degrees of kinship).
  • Written documents: copies of passport, birth certificate, residence certificate, and others.
  • Blood sampling: HLA typing.

The committee for evaluating transplant compatibility at the center must consider each case based on general biochemical data, an electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, and a respiratory function test of the patient and donor. The case is accepted if they are found to be compatible. A comprehensive exchange of information with the medical institution in your home country must be ensured before the transplant.

Overview of Treatment Schedule


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Established 2002
Clinical Departments
Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Respiratory Disease, Gastroenterology, Cardiovascular Disease, Allergy, Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopedics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Dermatology, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Dentistry, Anesthesia
Payment Methods
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2-10-1 Okura, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-8535


5 minutes from the Odakyu Line
Seijogakuen-mae Station South Exit by car
36 minutes from Tokyo International Airport
(Haneda Airport) by car
(Designated as the base hospital of the Tokyo Doctor-Heli (hospital helicopter) Program)