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Liver Transplant

Liver transplant at Allegheny Health Network

Pioneering research at AHN

Diseases of the liver were once considered among the most difficult to treat. Because of pioneering research, new technologies, and a team approach to patient care, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is leading the way in improved survival rates and helping to enhance patients' quality of life. 

When is transplant an option?

AHN care teams carefully consider each patients' situation to determine the right course of treatment. In many cases, people with the following conditions are considered for transplant:

  • Cirrhosis (due to  alcohol liver disease, hepatitis C, or other causes)
  • Acute liver failure
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • Other sources of liver dysfunction

We do what it takes to help you

The AHN liver transplant program was established in 2007. Since then, it has continued to grow in the number of people it has helped.

  • We go the extra mile to seek out and consider more donor organs than other transplant centers
  • We never give up on even the sickest patients who need a liver transplant. We perform procedures on more patients with high Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores compared to other programs in the region and nation, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
  • Our program is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • We conduct extensive research and refer patients for clinical trials to expand treatment options.

Our unique approach to patient care

When you come to the AHN Transplant Institute, you will receive innovative, coordinated care from a team of specialists with different areas of expertise. They work together to provide you with the best possible outcome. By meeting regularly to discuss your treatment plan, they are able to avoid duplicate tests, which can save you time and money. The liver transplant specialist team includes:

  • Dietitians
  • Hepatologists
  • Social workers
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Transplant psychiatrists
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Other healthcare professionals