Liver Transplant Program
The Liver Disease and Transplant Program at Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers a complete range of medical and surgical interventions to treat patients with complex liver disorders, including liver disease management, end-stage disease treatment and liver transplantation.
In 2015 Northwestern Medicine surgeons performed 85 liver transplants, including 8 adult living donor liver transplants, as well as 24 living donor liver transplants alone in 2014, making it the largest program in America. Having initially described laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy, ours is one of a handful of centers in the country performing this procedure. In addition, Northwestern Medicine is one of only nine centers in North America participating in a study sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to assess living donor liver transplantation.
Liver Cancer Clinic and Treatment Options
Treatment of liver cancer requires a comprehensive team approach. At Northwestern Medicine we have a dedicated multidisciplinary clinic to evaluate patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Evaluating these patients is a team of physicians and nurses from transplant surgery, hepatology, oncology, pathology, interventional oncology and radiology to devise a course of action including various types of treatment individualized for each patient.
Laparoscopic Liver Surgery
Since 2001, Northwestern Medicine surgeons have gained significant expertise with minimally invasive laparoscopic liver resection for both benign and malignant conditions in patients with normal and diseased livers.
The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been providing transplantation services since 1964 and is a leader in research, innovation and patient care in the Midwest region. Our surgeons transplant more than 400 organs each year, making the Northwestern Memorial program among the top nationally in patient outcomes and the number of transplants performed.