Living Donor Liver Transplant

Dr. Martin  Montenovo, assistant professor of surgery, with a patient at UW Medical Center.  

UW Medicine has been designated a Living Donor Liver Transplant Center by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that administers the nation's policies on organ transplantation and procurement. UW Medicine is joining an elite group of medical centers nationwide that are certified to perform this type of transplant.

Our transplant doctors, surgeons and other transplant team members already have extensive experience with living-donor liver transplant from adults to children. The new adult to adult living-donor liver transplant program offers an attractive alternative to deceased-donor organ transplantation. Patients may have a shorter waiting period and equal or improved life expectancy with a living-donor transplant.

In living-donor liver transplant, surgeons remove a portion of a donor's liver. Another surgical team then removes the recipient's entire diseased liver and replaces it with a portion of the living donor's healthy liver. The donor's liver and the portion of the donor's liver given to the recipient grow back to their full size within a few weeks.

For additional information about our Living Liver Transplant program please review our patient manual.

Our center has the region’s largest experience with deceased donor liver transplantation, performing over 2,000 liver transplants since our program’s inception in 1990.