Vanderbilt Transplant Center’s liver transplant specialists offer complete care for liver and bile duct diseases. We have performed more than 2,200 liver transplants since 1990 – the largest number of liver transplants among any program in Tennessee. Our surgeons have the expertise for dual-organ operations, including liver-heart and liver-kidney transplants, to treat people with even the most complicated medical challenges.
Conditions we treat that can lead to end-stage liver failure or cirrhosis requiring a liver transplant include but are not limited to:
We perform more than 130 liver transplants each year, making our program the largest in Tennessee. This experience translates into the best possible care and results for you.
Our exceptional liver transplant outcomes have earned us recognition by Blue Cross, OptumHealth, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Interlink and LifeTrac.
Living donor program: We offer a living donor liver transplant program to reduce wait times for a healthy liver. Part of a liver from a living donor also gives patients a better chance of a longer, healthier life.
Our liver transplant program is one of only a few in the country offer liver transplant as a treatment option for a rare type of bile duct cancer called hilar cholangiocarcinoma, or Klatskin tumor. In patients with early stage, inoperable tumors of this type, liver transplant coupled with chemotherapy and radiation can improve outcomes.
Our liver surgeons and hepatologists combine their expertise to create a personalized care plan that is right for you. These specialists work closely with a team of psychiatrists, transplant pharmacists, nurses and social workers to provide you with quality care before, during and after your liver transplant.
As part of an academic medical center, we continually research new treatments. We are one of just 15 medical centers participating in a study to test a new transport system for donor livers that could expand the number of livers suitable for transplantation.
As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial.
We have an entire hospital unit for people undergoing transplant surgery. You’ll receive around-the-clock care from our compassionate nursing staff, who have special training in caring for transplant patients.
We are one of only six transplant centers designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide liver transplants to our nation’s veterans.
Our smallest patients require a dedicated team of specialists who are as knowledgeable as they are comforting. We provide pediatric liver transplants through Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Our transplant center provides many support services, including social workers, transplant pharmacists and a dedicated nurse coordinator. They will guide you through the transplant process. We also offer a unique return-to-work program to help you resume employment and restore your emotional and financial well-being.