Liver Transplant

Our integrated program delivers broad expertise, seamless care, and above-average outcomes to even the sickest patients.

UT Southwestern Liver Transplant Program
Meet our team, see our new state-of-the-art facility, and learn how our world-renowned surgeons and specialists provide comprehensive care for patients with end-stage liver disease requiring transplantation.

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s experienced liver transplant team uses state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to help patients with end-stage liver failure. Our integrated, multidisciplinary team of experts work together to provide an unparalleled level of seamless, patient-focused care. In fact, the program has a three-year patient survival rate that surpasses the national average.

We see patients with a number of liver conditions. While many of these conditions can potentially lead to a liver transplant, our liver experts do everything they can to treat the underlying liver condition without a transplant.

Here when you need us

Left untreated, chronic liver disease, as well as serious, sudden-onset liver conditions, can lead to liver failure. Some of our patients start seeing us because of symptoms and signs of liver disease, while others are referred in the late stages of liver failure. Because our team often sees patients from the early stages of their liver disease, transplantation outcomes are good.

The decision to perform a liver transplant depends on many factors. These include patients’ overall health, the severity of their liver condition, the availability of suitable donor livers, and patient preferences and treatment goals. Our liver experts partner with you and your family to choose the most appropriate treatment.

About Our Program

Extensive experience, above-average outcomes Since UT Southwestern’s Liver Transplant Program began in 2007, we have performed nearly 300 liver transplants. Each year we’ve increased our transplant volume. Because our Liver Transplant Program is certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, our world-class services are available to a broad range of patients.

Working closely with other transplant teams at UT Southwestern, we are also able to perform multi-organ transplants when necessary. For example, in 2016 we performed a rare liver-lung transplant – the first in North Texas. We also offer expedited patient evaluation, usually seeing patients in less than seven days.

UTSW heart and VAD transplant volumes

Research aimed at improving outcomes Ongoing research is vital to the success of our program. As an academic medical center, we participate in clinical trials and other research aimed at improving patient care and outcomes. We are currently evaluating new technologies to treat liver disease and transplant patients, and investigating novel ways to increase the number of healthy donor livers so that we can help more people who need it.

Clinical trials help patients access the most promising new treatments before they are available to the public. If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor to find out if taking part in a clinical trial might be right for you.

Topics of ongoing clinical studies include acute liver failure, liver cancer, viral hepatitis, fatty liver, and autoimmune liver disease. We’re also building knowledge through the UT Southwestern Liver Disease Repository and Registry, aimed at learning more about liver disease and other related disorders.

A collaborative, multidisciplinary care team UT Southwestern’s liver transplant program is made up of a team of skilled surgeons, hepatologists, intensive care doctors, infectious disease doctors, endocrinologists, nurses, transplant coordinators, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, pharmacists, financial coordinators, and other specialists who work side by side.

In many cases, our team also works closely with UT Southwestern cardiologists (heart doctors), pulmonologists (lung doctors), nephrologists (kidney doctors), and other specialized physicians.

Our team’s multifaceted expertise enables us to deliver the comprehensive, integrated care that helps patients achieve the best possible outcomes.

Patient-Focused Support and Clinics Statewide

Our team includes hepatologists (liver doctors), surgeons, intensive-care physicians, and specialized nursing staff, as well as imaging and infectious diseases specialists, transplant coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, and financial coordinators.

These specialists work together to provide ongoing medical management and simplify every step of the process – from support for patients awaiting liver transplants to comprehensive outpatient treatment of transplant recipients.

For our patients’ convenience, we have satellite clinics in Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Lubbock that deliver both pre- and post-transplant care for patients throughout Texas. This includes post-transplant outpatient treatment, including infection prevention, immunosuppression management, and long-term monitoring and care.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our liver transplant specialists or to learn more about what UT Southwestern offers to patients with liver disease, call 214-645-1919.

Physician Referrals

Dedicated Intake Coordinators make it easy and convenient for physicians to refer transplant patients to UT Southwestern. To schedule a referral with a liver transplant specialist, call Transplant Intake Coordinator Susan Neill, RN, B.S.N. at 877-392-1528 (answered 24 hours/7 days a week).

Our Team

Hepatologists (Liver Doctors)

Liver doctors help treat and diagnose liver diseases and conditions, and oversee patient care.

Liver Transplant Surgeons

Our liver transplant surgeons prepare patients for liver transplantation and perform liver transplants.

Infectious Diseases Physicians

Our infectious disease physicians are available to assist with the diagnosis, prevention, and control of infections.

Transplant Physician Assistants

Our transplant physician assistants are focused on providing specialized care to our liver transplant patients.

  • Cheri Goldstein, PA-C
  • Laraine Goessler, PA-C

Pre-Transplant Coordinators

Our pre-transplant coordinators help patients get ready for a liver transplant.

  • Eshah Rhone, RN, BSN
  • Cheri Goldstein, PA-C

Post-Transplant Coordinators

Post-transplant coordinators help patients deal with recovery and the post-operation period.

  • Deleatha Foster, RN, BSN
  • Cheri Goldstein, PA-C

Intake Coordinator

Our intake coordinator works to onboard new patients into the liver transplant program.

  • Susan Neill, RN, BSN

Social Worker

Our social worker is on staff to help patients deal with the emotional and psychological issues associated with liver transplants.

  • April Morgan, LCSW

Transplant Pharmacist

The transplant pharmacist is specially trained to address the medication needs of liver transplant patients.

  • Sarah Wright, Pharm D

Transplant Dietician

A dietician helps patients adjust to any nutritional considerations needed before and after transplantation.

  • Francis Dang, RD, LD

Transplant Clinic Manager

Our transplant clinic manager is in charge of managing and coordinating our clinic.

  • Ann Webb, RN, BSN

Transplant Scheduling Coordinator

Our scheduling coordinator manages provider and patient schedules to optimize the best use of time.

  • Stefanie Wade

Financial Coordinators

Financial coordinators help patients navigate both payment and insurance.

  • Susan Christenson
  • Tina Tedder
  • Evelyn Gomez
  • Lincy Varghese

Locations

UT Southwestern University Hospital Liver Transplant Clinic in Austin
1111 W. 34th St.
Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78705 

Kidney and Liver Transplant Clinic
Professional Office Building 2
5939 Harry Hines Blvd.
7th Floor, Suite 700
Dallas, Texas 75390-9244 

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
6201 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75390 

UT Southwestern University Hospital Kidney/Liver Clinic in El Paso
Oregon Medical Building
1700 N. Oregon St.
Suite 680
El Paso, Texas 79902

UT Southwestern University Hospital Liver Transplant Clinic at Moncrief Cancer Institute
400 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104 

UT Southwestern Advanced Liver Disease and Transplant Clinic in Lubbock 
602 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, Texas 79415 

The UT Southwestern Advanced Liver Disease and Transplant Clinic in Austin
Round Rock - Forest Creek
4112 Links Ln., Suite 202
Round Rock, Texas 78664