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Living Donor Liver Transplant

At Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, our specialists are national leaders in liver transplantation. We personalize care to your unique needs, supporting donors at every point during the liver donation process.

What Is Living Donor Liver Transplant?

In a living donor liver transplant, a patient receives a portion of a healthy liver from a living donor. Healthy liver cells can regenerate, so both the donor’s and recipient’s livers regrow and eventually function normally. Find out more about how to become a living liver donor.

Living Liver Donation at Barnes-Jewish: Why Choose Us?

Our highly experienced surgeons helped develop liver transplant surgical techniques, advancing liver transplant care. Our team works together to personalize care to your needs, providing a wealth of resources as you consider this selfless act. You can trust us to look out for the best interests of every donor and transplant recipient in our care. 

We offer: 

  • Experience: Our team has decades of experience in liver transplant and patient care. Washington University surgeons led Missouri’s first successful liver transplant surgery. This level of expertise means we regularly treat rare and complex cases, which translates to excellent results for donors and transplant recipients.
  • Skill: Our transplant surgeons are highly skilled in organ transplant and liver care. They have successfully performed intricate transplant and other liver surgeries, on adults and children, for decades. Learn more about liver donation surgery and recovery.
  • High volume: We perform over 100 liver transplant surgeries every year, more than many centers in the country.
  • Convenience: Our team’s living donor coordinators focus on your needs and guide you through the entire liver donation process. We streamline your care in many ways. For example, donors from outside the area undergo certain tests closer to home. We can often complete a living liver donor evaluation in less than two weeks. Learn more about liver donor requirements and evaluation process.
  • Team approach: Many professionals collaborate to improve your care. Hepatologists (liver specialists), surgeons and dedicated anesthesia and OR teams work together to prioritize your health and safely, from evaluation and through the duration of your life. 

Contact Us

For more information about the living donor liver transplant program at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, call 888.995.4780.