We take pride at Duke in our ability to evaluate new patients for consideration of liver transplantation as quickly as the referring physician deems appropriate.
Patients may be scheduled in clinic within one week if clinically indicated. Stable patients for routine referral are usually seen within two to three weeks at the transplant center.
A referral may be initiated by completing the liver transplant referral form (PDF, 29 KB) and faxing it to 919-681-7930.
Please call 800-249-5864 and select option 3 or 919-613-7777 and select option 3, with any questions or if there is additional information we can provide to facilitate the referral process.
The appropriate timing of referral for transplantation has become increasingly complicated as transplantation has become a more successful and standard therapy for treatment of liver disease.
Therefore, the transplant center feels any patient known to be cirrhotic is appropriate for referral for consideration of transplantation. Referral is most appropriate if the patient has experienced any of the disease-severity indicators such as ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, variceal bleeding, coagulopathy, hypoalbuminemia, hyperbilirubinemia, or decreased quality of life related to liver disease; even if the problem is easily controlled with medications or has resolved.
Referrals will be processed according to the patient’s clinical condition and financial authorization. Once a patient us approved, evaluations will proceed.
Phone: 800-249-5864 or 919-613-777