Several factors contribute to our being among the nation's best liver transplant programs, based on ratings from the SRTR.
Your Medical Partner for Life
In addition to managing your liver disease, we work with specialists throughout Duke to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and mood disorders that may affect your health before, during, and after your liver transplant. Our pre- and post-transplant coordinators are with you every step of the way. We want you to enjoy your new liver for many years to come.
We Look for Every Opportunity to Get You a Liver
Our surgical team has the technical ability and resources to evaluate and procure organs that other institutions don’t have the expertise to use.
We Do Split-Liver Transplants
We’re one of the few liver transplant hospitals to divide a healthy liver from one donor between two patients -- typically an adult and a child. These split liver transplants allow us to save two lives rather than just one.
Experienced Transplant Surgeons
Each of our seasoned transplant surgeons has unparalleled training and expertise in liver transplant surgery. Many hold leadership positions in UNOS and other national transplant organizations. Our team has the collective experience to handle virtually every situation that arises.
Effective Strategies to Reduce Dangerous Infections
Our survival rates are high because our infectious disease experts work quickly to employ highly effective therapies when infections are identified.
Research to Improve Process
We participate in research that studies how to improve the liver transplant process. Right now, we are looking at ways to tailor immunosuppression medications to prevent rejection and limit side effects. We are also studying how to make more donor organs viable. This may one day increase the supply of livers available for transplantation.
Skilled in Multiple Organ Transplant
Often, our sickest patients are those who need more than one organ. Our team is skilled in addressing their unique needs and has experience in performing multi-organ transplants, including:
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