Specialists and Care Centers

Liver Transplantation Specialists and Care Centers

The Northwestern Medicine liver transplant team1 is dedicated to improving the quality of life for their patients. Individually, the team members are among the most experienced and respected medical professionals in the world, having developed and refined many advanced medical and surgical procedures.

Together, they provide a unique resource for patients and physicians who require comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to manage complications of kidney, pancreas, liver and intestinal disorders.

Our physicians believe that successful medical management of complex disorders—including cholestatic disease, liver cancer and end-stage liver disease—requires a team approach.

The entire multidisciplinary transplant team is here to help you with both your decisions and your care, providing the best care possible for you before and after your surgery. This team is a group of health care professionals who have special training and experience in transplantation. The team includes:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Hepatologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Staff nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Licensed social workers
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Clinical coordinators
  • Patient financial liaisons
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pharmacist

Our team sees each patient individually and performs a comprehensive assessment to determine risk factors and then develop the best treatment plan. We work closely with patients and their families to answer questions and provide guidance about treatments and procedures. In addition, we help patients and families manage post-hospitalization care by working with primary care physicians to improve each patient’s quality of life.

Why Northwestern Medicine?

The Kovler Organ Transplantation Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the top living donor liver transplant centers in the United States and one of only nine centers in North America who participated in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health2 to assess living donor liver transplantation. In 2015, Northwestern Hospital performed eight living donor liver transplants, making us the largest living donor program in Illinois. Over the last five years, Northwestern has performed 72 living donor liver transplants. Having initially described laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of a handful of centers in the country performing this procedure.

Satellite outreach clinics

In addition to the downtown campus, we are available to see your patients at any one of our six liver transplant outreach clinics, including:

  • Peoria: Serving central and southern Illinois
  • Glenview: Serving the northern and northwestern suburbs
  • Joliet: Serving the southern and southwestern suburbs
  • Winfield: Serving the western and northwestern suburbs
  • Aurora: Serving the western and northwestern suburbs
  • Portage, Indiana: Serving northern Indiana and southwest Michigan

Our focus on community outreach benefits patients and their physicians by providing many of the pre-liver transplant services close to home, convenient accessibility and the experience that affords our patients the opportunity for a successful liver transplant. We are available to see the following types of patients in the outreach clinics:

  • Complex liver disease patients requiring consultation or second opinion
  • Potential liver transplant candidates
  • Patients on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital liver transplant waiting list

To make an appointment at any of our six satellite clinics, please call 312.695.4837.

Related Resources

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Websites

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases2: AASLD promotes liver health, awareness and resources for the patient and also announces research awards.
  • American Liver Foundation2: The ALF offers an array of information about liver disease and transplantation, as well as clinical trials and chapter locations and specifics. The Illinois chapter features an online support group and message board.
  • Coalition on Donation2: This organization promotes and provides education about organ donation.
  • Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network2: This not-for-profit organ procurement organization works with hospitals and donor families in the northern three-fourths of Illinois and northwest Indiana. The organization is responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for medical transplantation, as well as for professional and public education on organ and tissue donation.
  • MedlinePlus: Liver Transplantation2: Extensive array of information resources regarding all aspects of liver transplantation. Selected and maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • National Organ and Tissue Donation Initiative2: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking this initiative to ease the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors by building a national community of organ sharing.
  • Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network2: OPTN is a unique public-private partnership that links all of the professionals involved in the donation and transplantation system to increase the supply of donated organs available for transplantation.
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)2: Click on "Transplant Living" for information, resources and tools for patients, families and caregivers.
  • U.S. Transplant: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients2: Check Transplant Statistics to see how NMH stands in relation to other transplant centers.
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