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Liver Transplant Program

Liver transplants provide patients a chance for a longer, more active life in the final stages of liver disease or end-stage liver disease. The UCSF Liver Transplant Program has performed more than 2,300 liver transplants for adults and children since it began in 1988.

The program, designated as a "Center of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, does more liver transplants than any other hospital in Northern California and is recognized as one of the nation's leading centers for pediatric and adult liver transplants.

Transplant Success Rates

Adults, who receive transplanted livers from living and deceased donors at UCSF Medical Center, have a one-year survival rate that consistently exceeds the national average, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), which maintains a national database of statistics related to organ transplants.

In fact, UCSF is the only center in the United States that has consistently exceeded the SRTR expected survival rates for transplanted livers, or "graft survival" rates, when measured at the one-year and three-year intervals, dating back to July 2005. Data regarding these outcomes are measured every six months and available on the SRTR website.

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Our Team

The transplant program's internationally recognized team of surgeons and liver specialists is supported by specialists in anesthesiology, radiology, infectious diseases, kidney disease, heart disease and pharmacology, as well as by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, mental health professionals, a nutritionist and financial counselors.

In research, UCSF is a world leader in developing techniques to reduce organ rejection and improve transplant success. Our patients have access to clinical trials involving new immunosuppressive drugs not available elsewhere. Researchers in our immunogenetics laboratory, one of the largest of its kind in the country, conduct tissue studies aimed at preventing and treating rejection of transplanted organs.

If you are in or approaching end-stage liver disease and would like to learn more about whether a liver transplant is a good option for you, please call the UCSF Liver Transplant Program at (415) 353-1888.

Patients who live outside San Francisco may be evaluated in our clinics located in Fort Bragg, Fresno, Las Vegas, Modesto, San Jose and Santa Rosa. Initial appointments for these clinics are arranged through the Liver Transplant Program.

After the Hospital

After you are discharged from the hospital, you will be seen in the liver transplant clinic at least once a week for the first month. As you improve, you will be seen less often. Eventually, you will be seen once a year.

If you are not from the San Francisco area, you most likely will need to stay close by for the first month after discharge. After that, your doctor or a specialist near your home will provide follow-up care.

Laboratory blood tests are obtained twice a week following transplantation. Gradually, the frequency of blood tests will be reduced. You will be asked to call in test results to the transplant office.

You will be notified about any adjustments in your medications. Complications can occur with any surgery. Patients undergoing organ transplantation may face additional complications. The life-threatening disease that created the need for your transplant may affect the functioning of other body systems. Other risks, such as rejection, also may occur.

For information on UCSF's transplant outcomes, visit the following websites:

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You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Liver Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1888
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Additional Locations
Fresno, CA
Modesto, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Reno, NV

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Special Programs

Parking

Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation

Parnassus

UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

Related Information

Ways to Give

Clinics & Centers

Condition Information

Clinic Team

Nancy Ascher
Dr. Nancy Ascher,
organ transplant surgeon
Jennifer Cademartori
Jennifer Cademartori,
nurse practitioner
Sandy Feng
Dr. Sandy Feng,
organ transplant surgeon
Chris Freise
Dr. Chris Freise,
organ transplant surgeon
Ruth Goldstein
Dr. Ruth Goldstein,
radiologist
Sang-Mo Kang
Dr. Sang-Mo Kang,
organ transplant surgeon
Robert Kerlan
Dr. Robert Kerlan,
radiologist
Andrew Posselt
Dr. Andrew Posselt,
bariatric and transplant surgeon
Jennifer Price
Dr. Jennifer Price,
liver specialist
John Roberts
Dr. John Roberts,
organ transplant surgeon
Peter Stock
Dr. Peter Stock,
organ transplant surgeon
Benjamin Yeh
Dr. Benjamin Yeh,
radiologist
Claudia Praglin
Claudia Praglin,
nurse practitioner
David Quan
David Quan,
clinical pharmacist
Pauline Rogers
Pauline Rogers,
social worker

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