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Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant at University Hospitals Transplant Institute

The Liver Transplantation Program at UH Transplant Institute offers the very best medical care to patients with end-stage liver disease. Our expert liver transplant team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients through leading-edge organ transplant procedures.


Refer a Patient or Learn More about Liver Transplant Program

To refer a patient or speak with a transplant specialist, call 216-844-5697.

Why Choose UH for Liver Transplant?

Chronic liver disease is a major cause of illness and death in the U.S. today. Initially, patients may have no signs or symptoms of liver disease. Yet when symptoms do occur, a liver transplant may be the best option for improved quality of life.

With a team of dedicated transplant surgeons and other specialists, UH Transplant Institute employs the latest techniques and treatment options to achieve excellent outcomes for patients with liver disease.

Our expert team helps patients and their families feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire organ transplant procedure. Our board-certified physicians, surgeons, nurses and support staff assist patients as they become active participants in their care and learn about the liver transplantation process. This begins with the first evaluation and continues on through the post-transplant visits. Additionally, our highly skilled staff is available around the clock to answer patient questions.

Am I a Candidate?

Find out what health conditions may qualify for a liver transplant and how transplant candidates are selected.

Patient Evaluation

Liver transplant candidates will undergo a series of tests and evaluations and will learn about the transplant process.

Waiting List

Patients who qualify for a liver transplant will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) liver transplant waiting list.

What to Expect

Find out what happens on the day of your liver transplant surgery.

Follow-Up Care

After a liver transplant, patients will take anti-rejection drugs and will continue to be followed by the transplant team.

For Clinicians: When to Refer a Patient

Learn about when a patient should be referred to UH Transplant Institute for a liver transplant.

Juanita’s Story

Juanita had her liver transplant after being diagnosed with fulminant liver failure during her third pregnancy.

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Multidisciplinary Team of Skilled Specialists

Our Liver Transplant Program brings together a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled medical experts who are experienced in treating patients with end-stage liver disease.

The UH Transplant Institute is composed of:

  • Hepatologists (liver specialists)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons-trained transplant surgeons
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Cardiologists (heart specialists)
  • Pulmonologists (lung specialists)
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Social workers with expertise in liver transplantation
  • Transplant dietitians
  • Transplant financial counselors

UH Transplant Institute also brings together experts from:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical therapy
  • Addiction medicine