Liver Transplant Program

​​​UW Medicine’s Liver Transplant Program provides comprehensive care for patients with liver disease and liver failure
Dr. Jorge Reyes with a patient​
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UW Medicine’s Liver Transplant Program provides comprehensive care for patients with liver disease and liver failure, including those who will require organ transplantation. Physicians refer people to our program from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond – a testament to our staff’s experience and our patients’ outcomes.

We expertly treat common and rare conditions

UW Medicine’s hepatologists and surgeons provide the full spectrum of liver care. Our team has acquired expertise over many years of managing cases of organ transplantation, hepatitis B and C, benign and cancerous tumors, iron overload and other conditions that impair liver function.

These include:
  • Acute liver failure
  • Alcohol-related disease
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Drug-induced hepatotoxicity
  • Genetic diseases
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis

Why patients seek our care

Volume of experience: UW Medicine surgeons have performed over 2,000 liver transplants since the program started in 1989.

Rate of transplant: According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), our surgeons performed more liver transplants and our patients experienced less time on the wait-list than the national average.

Managing health of waiting patients: Among all UW Medicine liver-transplant candidates placed on the wait list, the survival rate at six-, 12- and 18-month intervals exceeded national averages. Further, among the most critical “Status 1” patients, the survival rate at these intervals after wait-listing was 100 percent.

Quality of transplant: Our liver-transplant patients’ post-operative survival at one month, one-year and three-year intervals all exceeded comparable national averages.

Research: Patients in UW Medicine programs have ample opportunities to participate in multiple research trials aimed at better understanding of disease and refinement of treatments.