Overview of the Liver Transplant Program
When it comes to liver transplants, experience and expertise matter. Surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth have performed more than 4,500 liver transplants combined – placing us as one of only three centers in the nation to reach this milestone. We were one of the first of three centers in the United States and have grown to be one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the nation with a global reputation for quality care.
Our liver transplant program is internationally recognized as a pioneering program in liver transplants and anti-rejection treatment, as well as hepatitis B and C research. In addition, our living donor liver transplant program is the first adult liver transplant program in Texas and today is the third largest living donor liver programs in Texas by volume. And with outreach locations throughout Texas, we are bringing over 30 years of experience treating patients with advanced liver disease to you.
Our Team of Liver Transplant Specialists
The surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Health are internationally renowned experts in the field of liver transplants and have published and presented some of the most groundbreaking research in national medical journals and at international professional symposiums.
Giuliano Testa, MD, chief of the Simmons Transplant Institute and division chief of abdominal transplant began the uterus transplant clinical trial as principal investigator. Baylor University Medical Center was the first in the United States to have a baby born to a mother who received a uterus transplant as part of this landmark clinical trial.
Goran Klintmalm, MD, chief emeritus of the Simmons Transplant Institute, edited Transplantation of the Liver, which is the universally used textbook in liver transplants.
James Trotter, MD, medical director of general transplant hepatology, co-authored and edited the textbook Medical Care of the Liver Transplant Patient, which is the most current clinical guide on how to best treat liver transplant patients.
Baylor Scott & White Health is also the home of the Liver Transplant Research Database System, which is the longest existing, most detailed liver transplant research database in the world.
Living Donor Liver Transplant
A living donor liver transplant is the best option for patients with end stage liver disease. In this procedure, the transplant team removes a portion of a healthy person's liver and puts it into a person with a sick liver. The healthy liver is divided and one side is removed for transplant. Within approximately 6-8 weeks, both the donor and recipient liver portions will grow to full size.
Becoming a Donor for a Live Liver Transplant
To get started, complete our confidential online
health history questionnaire. A living donor coordinator will review your information to determine if you are a potential candidate for a live liver transplant. If so, the coordinator will contact you to review your health history questionnaire and answer any questions you have. Next, the Baylor Scott & White transplant team will complete an evaluation to determine if you can safely donate your liver. This will include medical tests and meetings to discuss the process.
If you have any questions at any time, you can call 214.820.GIFT ( 214.820.4438 ) and a living donor coordinator can help confidentially answer your questions.