Liver Transplant

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. 

Personal Attention

The UT Southwestern Liver Transplant Program performed 45 surgeries in 2016, marking seven consecutive years of growth. The program continues to produce three-year survival rates above the national average and has earned certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providing a crucial step toward ensuring access for patients in need. 

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.

The Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at UT Southwestern has experts in every major liver disease, providing patients with highly specialized care. A focus on research means UT Southwestern patients also have access to cutting-edge clinical trials and new treatment options.


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.

Satellite Clinics

The Liver Transplant Program’s patient-first attitude extends beyond Dallas to satellite clinics in Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Lubbock. Although patients still receive surgery at UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Dallas, they can receive pre- and postoperative care close to home.