Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant performed by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia was in 1987. Today, Emory's Liver Transplant Center performs more than 110 adult liver transplants each year. Emory's liver transplant program has a long tradition of treatment of end-stage liver disease and portal hypertension.

Emory's multidisciplinary team of liver transplant specialists is comprised of liver transplant surgeons, transplant hepatologists, gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, and others who are experienced in treating liver failure. This group is well qualified to perform the sophisticated, life-saving surgical procedures involved in liver transplantation and to provide our patients with the best care available.

Emory Liver Transplant Center Highlights

Performed GA's First Domino Liver Transplant

In July 2009, Emory transplant surgeons were the first in the state of Georgia to perform a very rare domino liver transplant procedure. The domino liver transplant saved two lives: It cured a rare disease (Maple Syrup Urine Disease, or MSUD) in one patient and dramatically improved the quality of life in the other patient, who has suffered a lifetime battle with hemophilia, and more recently hepatitis C. In a domino liver transplant, a liver from a deceased donor is transplanted into the first recipient, and the first recipient's liver is then transplanted into a second recipient. Fewer than 100 domino liver transplants have been performed in the U.S.

Forefront of Liver Transplant Research

Some immunosuppressants can raise blood pressure, so some transplant recipients must take additional medications to control their blood pressure. Your blood pressure is recorded as a top (systolic) and bottom (diastolic) number. Normal blood pressures range from 100/70 to 130/80. After your transplant you will take and record your own blood pressure daily. Notify a member of the transplant team if your blood pressure goes above 170/100 for two readings in a row. Untreated high blood pressure may damage your heart and other organs.

Post-Transplant Diabetes

Emory is at the forefront of liver transplantation research, offering treatments that are available at only a few transplant centers around the country. These novel treatments include liver transplantation in HIV-positive patients and patients with cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile ducts.

Research & Clinical Trials

Research & Clinical Trials

The Emory Transplant Center has earned a reputation of clinical excellence and advanced research. The Center’s research funding continues to grow and research dollars received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have nearly tripled over the last six years.

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Quality Outcomes

Quality Indicators

Despite the severity and scope of the conditions that the Emory Transplant Center treats, Emory's liver transplant program continues to provide excellent results in patient and graft survival rates.

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