Living-Donor Liver Transplant — UPMC Complex Care Connect™

UPMC’s Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute — named after the modern-day father of transplantation — is a leader in living-donor liver transplant (LDLT). Our LDLT program performs more liver transplants than any other center in the country.

We provide expertise and care for some of the hardest and most complex cases, drawing patients from around the world.

Nationally, about one out of every five patients will die on the liver transplant waitlist; however, with Complex Care Connect, services like LDLT offer hope to thousands of Americans with low priority scores.

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How the LDLT Complex Care Connect Program Works

By partnering with hospitals that have deceased-donor liver transplant programs, we’re able to:

  • Assume care and immediate aftercare for people ready for a living-donor liver transplant.
  • Return them to the partner hospital for post-op and follow-up care when possible.
  • Provide concierge-level care and extensive written materials that let our patients know what to expect each step of the way.

Although the United Network for Organ Sharing requires transplant teams follow their patients, we’re looking at innovative ways to achieve this goal. Methods such as telemedicine may help meet this need and reduce the patient’s return travel to Pittsburgh.

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Learn about living-donor liver transplant from UPMC’s Division of Transplantation Chief, Abhi Humar, MD, and hear the story of a daughter who provided her father with a life-saving opportunity.