With over 14,000 patients in the country awaiting a liver transplant, living liver donation has become a lifesaving opportunity for patients. Live liver donation offers individuals the option of transplant before their liver disease worsens. A liver section from a live donor provides a person on the wait list shorter wait times and a better quality of life. A live liver donation is possible because of the liver’s unique ability to enlarge to a normal size in both recipient and donor within a matter of weeks. The act of organ donation is extraordinary and our dedicated living donor team will guide potential donors every step of the way.
Living liver donors must be:
- In good health and between the ages 21 and 55
- Able to understand the risks and possible complications of liver donation
- Willing to do all testing required
- In a stable life situation with family or social support
- Self-insured even though the evaluation and surgery are covered by the recipient’s insurance
If interested in becoming a living liver donor, please first complete the living donor screening form.
Submit a patient referral online. To speak to a program manager, call 210-567-5777 or toll-free 1-888-336-9633.
Hospital to hospital transfer
Health care providers looking to transport a patient to University Hospital can do so with one simple phone call:
To transfer an adult patient to University Hospital, call 210-358-2500.
To transfer a pediatric patient to University Hospital, call 855-484-7733.