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Liver Transplant Program

Liver transplant offers patients with end-stage liver disease a second chance at life. The UCSF Liver Transplant Program has made this chance possible for nearly 4,000 patients since its founding in 1998.

Our program, designated a center of excellence by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is known for outstanding outcomes and for helping pioneer techniques to make transplantation safer and more successful. We perform transplants using both deceased and living donors, and are able to perform complex transplants on patients with complicating health conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis. Our team also created new criteria for transplanting liver cancer patients, which are now used in transplant centers across the world and have allowed more patients to become eligible for transplant.

Each patient's treatment team includes surgeons, hepatologists, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers. Liver transplant pathologists and interventional radiologists also help accurately diagnose and manage liver disease and liver cancer progression before transplant. Our dedicated transplant unit is staffed by nurses and other providers who specialize in caring for liver transplant patients.

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Our Outcomes

UCSF's adult liver transplant patients have a one-year survival rate that consistently exceeds the national average, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). In SRTR's most recent reporting period, our liver transplant recipients had a survival rate of 93.48 percent one year after transplant, compared with a national average of 92.82 percent, and an expected survival rate – meaning the predicted survival rate based on variables indicating how sick or healthy our recipients are – of 92.47 percent.

More outcomes data is available from SRTR and from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

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Webinars: Liver Transplants

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Liver Transplant: What to Expect

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Living Donor Champion Program with Finesse Louie, Transplant Coordinator

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COVID-19 and Liver Transplants

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Non-Standard and Expanded Criteria Donors for Liver Transplant

FAQ: COVID-19 and Transplant Patients

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Find out how the virus affects transplant patients and treatment at UCSF. Plus: workplace accommodations, additional resources and more.

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    After Living Liver Donor Surgery

    See what to expect following the surgery, from how long you'll be in the hospital to pain management, when you can eat and drink again, and whether you'll have a scar.

    FAQ: Living Liver Donor

    Get answers to important questions such as how you qualify to be a donor, what the first and next steps are in the process, why your blood type is important, and confidentiality.

    Evaluation to be a Living Liver Donor

    Find out what the evaluation process is like, whether it's covered by insurance, when you'll know if you're eligible to be a liver donor, and more.

    FAQ: Getting a Liver Transplant

    Find commonly asked questions regarding getting a liver transplant including, who gets priority, whether there's a way to expedite the process, and more.

    Liver Transplant Glossary

    Use this Liver Transplant Glossary to help you understand some of the esoteric language and terms including, Angiogram, Echocardiogram, Sclerotherapy, and more.

    Living Donor Liver Transplant: The Facts

    In the U.S., there are over 17,000 patients on the liver waiting list, but only enough donated livers to perform about 5,000 transplants per year. Learn more.

    Programs

    Living Donor Liver Transplant Program

    Patients needing a liver transplant may have the option to receive a portion of the liver of a living friend or relative. UCSF's program supports these patients and their donors through the process of evaluation, transplantation and recovery.

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    A Study of TCD601 in the Induction of Tolerance in de Novo Renal Transplantation (PANORAMA)

    The proportion of patients off immunossupression with good safety and tolerability

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    Liver Transplantation With Tregs at UCSF

    AEs will be attributed to alloantigen-reactive Tregs (arTreg) when the AE is reported with possible or related attribution to arTreg. Grading: According to the NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events Manual [NCI-CTCAE ...

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    ALTA TIPS: A 5-year Longitudinal Observational Study of Patients Undergoing TIPS Placement

    Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) was first developed as a salvage tool for life threatening variceal bleeding or for the management of severe ascites refractory to medical therapy. Over the past decade there ha...

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    OCS Liver Perfusion (OLP) Post-Approval Registry

    1-year patient survival with the originally transplanted liver (patient and graft survival) post-Liver transplant.

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    Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Microarrays in Liver Transplantation

    Based on the reference set, create molecular classifier that predicts antibody mediated and T cell mediated rejection for next 200 biopsies

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    Bridge to HOPE: Hypothermic Oxygenated Perfusion Versus Cold Storage Prior to Liver Transplanta...

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    HOPE in Action Trial of HIV+ Deceased Donor Liver Transplants for HIV+ Recipients

    Time (in days) to first of any of the following events: death or graft failure or SAE or HIV breakthrough or opportunistic infection

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    Prevalence and Predictors of Hepatic Steatosis in Persons Living With HIV

    Prevalence of hepatic steatosis in PLWH will be reported as the number of participants with hepatic steatosis, defined by controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) ≥263 dB/m, over the total number of participants assessed.

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    Functional Assessment in Liver Transplantation

    Grip strength: Performance-based. Measured in kilograms. This was measured in each subject's dominant hand using a hand dynamometer (Jamar Hydraulic hand dynamometer). We averaged three trials. Chair stands: Performance-based. Me...

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    Spironolactone Therapy In Young Women With NASH

    The investigators will assess for change in the MRE quantified liver stiffness in kilopascals (kPA)

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    Awards & recognition

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      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • One of the nation's best in gastroenterology & GI surgery

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      Designated center of excellence

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      in the West for number of living donor liver transplants performed

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      in the U.S. for number of liver transplants performed

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    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.

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    Kôz Hospitality House

    Kôz Hospitality House provides comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations near our Parnassus campus for UCSF patients during their treatment.

    Class

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

    Support Group

    Organ Transplant Support Groups

    Our heart, lung and liver transplant groups offer peer-based support for pre- and post -transplant patients, LVAD patients, families and caregivers.

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    Patient Relations

    We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

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    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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      UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery Research

      The UCSF Division of Transplant Surgery conducts research aimed at expanding medication options, refining surgical techniques and improving methods of preventing transplant rejection.

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