Liver Transplants at UVA
Liver Transplant: A Survivor's Story
When a rare syndrome caused liver failure in Leah Yetzer, pregnant with twins, she was flown to UVA by helicopter. Surgeons performed an auxiliary liver transplant procedure, a successful operation that has allowed Yetzer's own liver to regrow.
Find out more about the dangers of HELLP syndrome and the rest of this liver transplant survivor's harrowing story.
The Liver Transplant Journey
Care & Support
You’ll have a team of doctors, transplant coordinators, social workers, financial counselors and more working to ensure you receive the best care possible. We’ll work with your referring and primary doctor, who is an important member of your transplant team.
Get more resources to support your liver transplant journey.
Living Liver Donations
If you need a liver transplant, you may have options. A friend, family member or even a stranger, if a match, could donate part of their liver.
Learn more about how living liver donation works.
1-Year Survival Rate
At UVA, we’ve performed more than 1,200 liver transplants since our program started in 1989. We were the first Medicare-approved liver transplant center in Virginia. We're also an international referral center.
Our transplant recipients include patients from all over Virginia and out-of-state and international patients with particularly challenging cases. We care for patients who are awaiting liver transplant through medical management and state-of-the-art imaging and drug therapy, which can improve survival after transplant.
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Our hepatitis research programs are among the most comprehensive in the nation and have received international recognition. They include studies of Hepatitis B and C and ways to prevent and treat these conditions in transplant patients.
At UVA, we've been involved in the study of patients undergoing living donor liver transplant, as well as transplants in HIV positive patients with liver disease.
Father-Daughter Liver Transplant
When Michael Cox was diagnosed with cryptogenic liver failure, his family was told he needed a liver transplant. His daughter, Shana, was immediately tested to become a living liver donor. She was a match.
After a successful surgery, both Michael and Shana recovered quickly. A few months later, Shana received more news – but this time, it was the happy kind.