for people ages up to 17 years (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Sharad Wadhwani, MD, MPH
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Sharad Wadhwani



The Health Advocate for Liver Transplant (HEAL-Tx) Pilot is a nonrandomized, open-label intervention pilot of a health advocate intervention aimed to assess feasibility and acceptability of integrating a Health Advocate onto the transplant team. Across studies, health advocate roles vary, and can include coordinating medical care treatment, facilitating financial assistance (e.g., taxi vouchers), and connecting patients to community resources, which can improve self-management, mitigate social risks, and lead to better communication between the healthcare system and the family. In this pilot, the investigators will adapt this intervention for pediatric liver transplant patients and measure acceptability and feasibility according to RE-AIM.


Liver Transplant; Complications, Pediatric ALL, Health Advocate, Patient Navigator


You can join if…

Open to people ages up to 17 years

  1. Patients under 18 years if age that have undergone liver transplantation.
  2. Subject and/or parent/legal guardian can provide written informed consent and willing to comply with study procedures.
  3. Subject and/or parent/ legal guardian is willing to be contacted in the future by study staff.
  4. Patient and/or caregiver felt to be a good fit for this pilot by transplant team.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Caregiver unwilling or unable to complete the survey.
  • Child is a ward of the state (e.g. foster care) since present circumstances may not be reflective of child's past or future circumstances.
  • Non-English, non-Spanish speakers.
  • Non-US residents.
  • Greater than 18 years of age at the time of enrollment.


  • UCSF accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Sharad Wadhwani, MD, MPH
    Dr. Wadhwani is a practicing pediatric general/transplant hepatologist who specializes in caring for children across the entire spectrum of liver disease, from diagnosis to transplant. Dr. Wadhwani is also a clinical investigator with a research program dedicated to improving the lives of children undergoing liver transplant.


accepting new patients
Start Date
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University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Expecting 10 study participants
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