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The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is the state’s busiest liver transplant center. For more than 5 years, we have performed one of the highest numbers of liver transplants annually on the East Coast.
Through the University of Maryland Liver Center, we manage every aspect of liver disease for you. If you need a transplant, we understand your needs and will work to find the best solution for your long-term health.
Patients and families who choose UMMC can be confident in our:
- Good outcomes, even for the sickest patients: Our transplant results are in line with national standards. This result is particularly noteworthy because we work with patients who have the most severe liver diseases and transplant needs.
- Transplant for HIV-positive and hepatitis C-positive patients: We can transplant patients who are positive for hepatitis C or HIV. Learn more about advances in hepatitis C treatment.
- Living donor transplant: Our program is the #2 living donor liver transplant program in the United States for patient and graft survival. We offer living donor transplant for adult and pediatric patients. Learn more about living donor liver transplant.
- New approaches to cancer care: Surgeons and radiologists work to shrink tumors before surgery. This process can make transplant possible for more patients who have hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We also are among only a few hospitals on the East Coast that can perform transplants for patients who have cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).
- Aggressive approach to alcoholic liver disease: We regularly manage care for patients who have alcoholic liver disease, including cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis. We accept some patients who have been turned down at other transplant centers.
- Streamlined process for double-listing: We encourage patients who have been waitlisted at other centers to double-list with UMMC. Our e-visit program lets you complete your evaluation remotely. You do not need to travel for the evaluation. Learn more about e-visits for liver transplant patients.
We believe in exploring every innovation that might help patients who are facing liver disease. We offer new approaches to care beyond liver transplant, including:
- The latest liver care treatments: As an academic medical center, we can give our patients access to the latest liver care advancements as soon as they are available. Learn more about our research and clinical trials.
- Bioengineered livers: Our researchers are building the next generation of what is possible with liver transplantation, including genetically modified animal organs that can be used as a bridge to transplant or supportive therapy for people waiting for transplant.
- Drugs to protect kidneys: We are leading the way with drugs to protect recipients’ kidneys after liver transplant, including living donor recipients.
- New operating room devices: We use the latest surgical tools to minimize blood loss. These tools include the harmonic scalpel, which clots blood almost instantly, and electrocautery to seal off blood vessels before they bleed too much.
- Integrated shock and trauma care: Our team works with UMMC’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to help patients who have serious liver trauma. Our specialized ICUs can accept patients without wait time. We have one of the nation’s few MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) liver dialysis units to support the sickest liver patients while they await transplant.
At UMMC, our advanced liver disease program cares for patients who are facing transplant. Our experts in liver disease and liver surgery work closely together to manage any type of liver disease, whether you require surgery, cancer care or other treatment.
Our team includes:
- Surgeons with specialized expertise in hepatobiliary (liver and bile duct) surgery
- Specialized transplant hepatologists (liver specialists) who manage patients’ liver failure before transplantation and offer new treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis C recurrence. Learn more about advances in hepatitis C treatment.
- Gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in treating the digestive system, including the liver) with experience in diagnosing and treating liver disease
- Oncologists (cancer specialists) and interventional radiologists (physicians who use imaging, such as X-rays and scans, to target treatment precisely). Together, these specialists provide aggressive treatment of liver tumors so that we can successfully complete transplants.
- Nurse coordinators, trained specifically in transplant care, who will be your point of contact throughout your care at UMMC. We offer a specialized cancer coordinator for patients with liver cancer. Meet the transplant nurse coordinators.
- Liver transplant anesthesia team specially trained to manage complex surgeries, minimize complications and reduce requirements for blood transfusions.
- World-renowned transplant immunologists (doctors and scientists who focus on the immune system) who are developing new ways to reduce the risk of organ rejection and preserve and protect kidney function
- Social workers and a nutritionist to help you and your family understand the care you need before and after transplant
Meet our team.
We bring specialized liver care to patients throughout the region in addition to seeing patients at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Many patients can receive pre-transplant care at a location convenient to them.
These locations include:
Learn more about our practice locations.
To schedule a conversation with the liver team, please call 410-328-4030.
For referring physicians: To refer a patient or get more information, please call 1-800-373-4111. A physician service representative from Consultation and Referral Services will direct your call to the appropriate physician or department.
For more details, please visit our section for referring physicians.