Liver Transplant

According to Juan Arenas, M.D., Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation (left), one of the Program's greatest assets is found in Jorge Marrero, M.D., Medical Director of Liver Transplantation (right). Both say they are focused on providing the best patient care and conducting groundbreaking research.

If you have end-stage liver failure that can't be controlled using other treatments, a liver transplant may be able to restore you to a full and productive life. Most liver donations come from deceased donors, though living-donor transplants also are possible because the liver is a regenerative organ, which means it can regrow. When a portion of a healthy liver is removed from a donor and transplanted into a patient, both livers can grow back to their full size within a few weeks. 

Personal Attention

Over the past three years, liver transplants at UT Southwestern have tripled in volume, and the Liver Transplant Program has earned certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providing a crucial step toward ensuring access for patients in need. Many transplant centers don’t have the resources for evaluating potential transplant candidates or conducting follow-up care. We do both.

Treating You Like Family

We pride ourselves on maintaining a “family" feel between you and your family and our physicians, nurses, and administrative staff. We also work closely with your referring gastroenterologist, family practitioner, and primary care physician to develop the best treatment and follow-up care to meet your needs.

Eligibility

Liver transplantation is indicated for patients who have: 

  • Any complication of chronic liver disease (ascites, variceal bleeding, encephalopathy)
  • Fulminant hepatic failure
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma, when it is small and not spread beyond the liver
  • Inherited metabolic liver disorders
  • No absolute contraindication to liver transplantation
  • No alternative form of therapy
  • Willingness and ability to accept liver transplantation, comply with follow-up care, and provide for the costs of both transplantation and post-transplant care

Headed by experts in traditional and split-liver transplantation, our liver transplant team continually explores new avenues to improve patient care while maintaining high safety standards. The team's success in this area can been seen in our increasing transplant volumes and patient-survival statistics.