More than 35 years of experience treating patients with advanced liver disease

We were one of the first of three transplant 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.

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.

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 more than 35 years of experience treating patients with advanced liver disease to you.

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.

What to expect with a liver transplant

In these videos, you will learn about the liver transplant evaluation, preparation process and what to expect before and after liver transplant 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 ideal for potential liver transplant patients, family and friends.

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Frequently asked questions about liver transplant

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.

  • Who is considered a candidate for the liver transplant list?

    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
  • How long is the waiting list for a liver transplant?

    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.

  • Is a transplant the right treatment for chronic liver disease?

    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.

  • Will insurance cover the cost of a liver transplant?

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

Our liver transplant specialists

The transplant surgeons and hepatologists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Health are internationally renowned experts in the field of liver transplant.

As one of the first liver transplant centers in the country, our high volume and vast experience allows us to manage a large population of liver disease patient at our two transplant locations in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Liver transplant leadership

Giuliano Testa, MD

Dr. Testa , chairman of the Simmons Transplant Institute and chief of abdominal transplant

James Trotter, MD

Dr. Trotter, 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.

Resources

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.

FitSTEPS for Life

FitSTEPS for Life is an exercise program developed to tailor exercise to patient’s specific diagnosis and physical capabilities. The program permits patients to benefit from a gym-like experience for free. A family member or friend is also allowed to join the exercise program at no cost.

Note: This program is currently on hold due to COVID-19

Contact us

Dallas: 214.820.2050 | Fort Worth: 817.922.4650