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Liver Transplant Program

Baylor Scott & White Health offers a 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.

Living Donor Liver Transplants

An alternative to deceased donor liver transplantation for some patients on the waiting list

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.

Patient education

To learn more about liver donor transplantation, review some of our resources below.

  • Contact Us
  • Patient Education Videos
  • FitSteps for Life
  • Twice Blessed House – Dallas
  • Video: Fatty Liver Disease
  • Resources

Contact Us

Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth

Patient Education Videos

Liver Transplant: What to Expect Videos

In the What to Expect videos, you will learn about the liver transplant evaluation, preparation, process and what to expect before and after surgery. In addition, you’ll learn about the transplant team and the important option of living donor liver transplant. 

These videos provide an overview of the liver transplant process at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth. These videos are i​deal for potential liver transplant patients, family and friends.

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FitSteps for Life

FitSTEPS for Life is an exercise program developed to tailor exercise to patient’s specific diagnosis and physical capabilities.

Twice Blessed House – Dallas

Twice Blessed House is dedicated to serving pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers by providing a warm family atmosphere and amenities needed for daily living.

Video: Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Robert Rahimi, a hepatologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center, discusses fatty liver disease symptoms, diagnosis and treatment on Good Morning Texas.

Frequently asked questions


Living donor liver transplantation can be an alternative to deceased donor liver transplantation for some patients on the waiting list. The ideal candidates are patients who foresee a long wait on the deceased transplant list and experience complications of liver disease, such as ascites and encephalopathy and patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Patients who have cirrhosis with complications of end-stage liver disease in which there is no reasonable medical alternative treatment are eligible for liver transplant evaluation and waiting list placement. Patients with other conditions may also meet the criteria for a liver transplant and be considered for the list. These conditions include:

  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome – severe breathing problems caused by cirrhosis
  • Hepatic pulmonary hypertension – high pressure in the lungs caused by cirrhosis
  • Itching that cannot be treated
  • Tumors that cannot be surgically removed
  • Inborn errors of metabolism such as amyloidosis and oxalosis
  • Primary liver cancer without evidence of spread outside the liver
  • Recurrent episodes of bacterial cholangitis
  • Recurrent infection of the liver bile ducts
p>The time you will wait for a transplant is highly variable. If you have a live liver transplant, your surgery will be scheduled. If you are waiting for a deceased donor, your wait may be difficult to predict and can range from days to years.

The best treatment option depends on your diagnosis because liver disease can develop and progress in different ways. Treatment of liver cirrhosis is the most common reason for a transplant, but you need a liver transplant if your liver is failing, is damaged to the point where it doesn't perform its normal functions and medical interventions are no longer effective.

We have a financial coordinator who will help you and your family with financial related questions or concerns regarding your transplant coverage.

Real Patients. Real Stories.

Lacy Barcak: I have my sister and Baylor Scott & White to thank for my liver transplant.

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