Liver Transplant

Experts in liver transplant care, from evaluation to recovery

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You can trust your life to our experience and survival rates.

Trusted Experience

Our top-rated surgeons have performed more than 2,000 liver transplants to date and our patients spend less time on the waitlist than the national average.


The survival rate of UW Medicine’s waitlisted patients and transplant recipients is among the highest in the U.S. Among critical patients, the survival rate after waitlisting was 100 percent.

Research You Can Use

Our transplant patients have ample opportunities to participate in clinical trials and research studies aimed at better understanding disease and refining treatments.

Living donor liver transplant
Living donor liver transplant

Cassandra is grateful she learned about the opportunity to donate part of her liver. Her dad, Jim, is thankful for the gift and looking forward to creating future family memories.

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Some of our common services:

Your liver transplant care team includes a number of people:

  • A transplant coordinator provides education about the process and is your advocate throughout.
  • A transplant hepatologist determines whether you are a good candidate for transplant.
  • A transplant surgeon meets with you to discuss the significance of having the surgery, the transplant procedure, risks, possible complications and recovery process.
  • A transplant pharmacist will teach you about the medicines you will be taking after your transplant.
  • A social worker will evaluate your ability to cope with the stress of having a transplant identifies your support network.
  • A financial counselor will talk to you about associated costs and insurance coverage.
  • A psychiatrist may conduct an in-depth psychiatric evaluation.
  • A dietitian will assess your diet and provide nutrition education.
  • You may also be referred to another service for consultation to check for other medical conditions.

People who receive living-donor transplants may experience shorter waiting periods and better life expectancies. The United Network for Organ Sharing, the authority on the nation's policies for organ transplantation and procurement, has certified UW Medicine as an elite living-donor liver transplant center. To learn more please call 206-598-0337.

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Living Liver Donor Questionnaire

When a diseased liver fails to work, it needs to be replaced by a healthy liver. Our liver doctors and transplant surgeons offer comprehensive medical and surgical care to people who live with liver disease or liver failure and may need a liver transplant. Our top-rated surgeons have performed more than 2,000 liver transplants to date and our patients spend less time on the waitlist than the national average.

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With nearly 600 new visits annually, our Liver Tumor Clinic is one of the busiest clinics in the country devoted to treating noncancerous and cancerous liver tumors. The Center for Advanced Minimally Invasive Liver Oncologic Therapy (CAMILOT) at UW Medical Center is the treatment arm of the Liver Tumor Clinic. It's the longest operating and first of its kind multidisciplinary clinic in the Pacific Northwest and offers patients a central location for consultations about malignant or benign liver tumors.

Inform yourself to make the best choices for your health and care with UW Medicine patient education resources. Find out what to expect when faced with a liver transplant.

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Emotional support is an important part of your treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through treatment and recovery. There is a liver transplant support group held at UW Medical on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-5 p.m. in the Plaza Cafe conference rooms A/B. For more information, call Stacey McCandlish at 206.598.4599 or Sara Houck at 206.598.3870​.

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Providers: To have your patient evaluated for our Hepatitis C Clinic, Hepatology Clinic or Liver Transplant Clinic, download and complete the Liver Care Line Consultation Request form and fax it to 206-598-4287. If you have any questions about the program or want to schedule an appointment, call 206.598.4973.

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Team Transplant was established at UW Medical Center in 2001 to promote physical activity and organ donation awareness. The team's goal is to train for and complete local walking and running events.

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"Transplant Mentors" at UW Medical Center – Montlake volunteer their time to meet with, talk with, and support patients and their families who are currently going through the transplant process.

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