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Liver Transplant Program

The University of Illinois Transplant Liver Program was launched in 1985. From our extensive experience in liver transplantation, our institution has been one of leaders in the transplant community with a number of landmark achievements.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, over 17,000 individuals are on the waiting list throughout the nation. The waiting list for liver transplants is continually changing as the most severe patients are always being placed at the top of the list. While the average wait time with the UI Transplant Program for seriously ill patients is fairly short, patients with less severe liver disease may have a significant wait time. This is because the patients that are sicker have a more urgent need to receive a transplant.

Our surgeons perform living donor liver transplants in adults. This is a unique opportunity to provide our patients with organs more quickly. This highly demanding surgical procedure has been performed by only a small number of experts in the world. Our team of experts brought their expertise from Asia, Europe and the US. Furthermore, our surgeons provide experienced service in liver resection for benign and malignant tumors. 

At the UI Health Transplant Center, our longest functioning liver transplant recipient from a deceased donor is over 30 years.

Why Choose Us

The Liver Transplant Team consists of some of the top doctors not in Chicago but the United States. We have some of the best surgery outcomes in organ transplantation with the lowest complication rates.

The UI Health Liver Transplant team is one of the most experienced and leading-edge programs in transplant and research. Our physicians are continuously working on the next advances, and we are part of a number of researchers currently being funded by the National Institute of Health.

We take a team approach to your care, working across all areas of medicine to bring together experts in their field. Unlike other transplant programs, we closely monitor — and provide one-on-one care — to you throughout the entire transplant process, from the pre-transplant workup to  post-operation care.

Our team's primary focus is you, our patient. We make every effort to be culturally sensitive to all ethnicities, races, and religions, and we tailor our program to provide the best experience possible for you and your family.