UCHealth’s liver transplant team, based at University of Colorado Hospital, is unmatched in volume by any other program in the Rocky Mountain region. We perform over 80 liver transplants annually.

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Why choose UCHealth for your liver transplant?

The first liver transplant in the world was performed at our hospital in 1963 by world-renowned surgeon Thomas Starzl, MD. Since pioneering this surgery, we’ve performed thousands of liver transplants in adults and children. We also have extensive experience in performing living-donor liver transplants.

Under the leadership of Igal Kam, MD, we’ve made significant technological and treatment advances that greatly increase the likelihood that liver transplant patients lead a normal life after transplant surgery. At University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in metro Denver, we devote an entire floor to transplant patients.

It’s reassuring to know that:

  • Our one-year survival rate is one of the highest among centers performing over 60 liver transplants per year.
  • Our three-year survival rate is 85 percent.
  • You’ll receive medical care from a team of experts specifically trained to address the special needs of transplant patients.
  • The average hospital stay from date of transplant to discharge is 12 days.

Types of liver transplants

Cadaver transplant

A cadaver transplant uses the liver of a person who is brain-dead. This is the most common type of liver transplant.

Living donor transplant

As the name suggests, a living donor transplant comes from a live person, usually a relative or close friend who donates a portion of his/her liver to the person in need of the transplant.

Learn more about living liver donation.

Your evaluation for transplant
Liver transplant wait list
Your liver transplant surgery
Monitoring your recovery after discharge
Diet and exercise after transplant
Patient and family education sessions

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