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Liver Transplant Program

The liver transplant program at UK Transplant Center treats patients with end-stage liver disease and liver tumors. Our team of surgeons, nurse practitioners and nurse coordinators, hepatologists, pharmacists, and social workers partner in providing personalized transplant care before, during and after surgery.  

When treating patients with liver tumors, our transplant team works closely with the oncologists and surgeons at the UK Markey Cancer Center to ensure the special needs of these patients are met. Additionally, we offer the most advanced treatment available for patients with hepatitis C (hep C), cirrhosis and other diagnoses who are in need of a liver transplant.   

The first liver transplant at UK took place in 1995. Since then, our surgeons have performed more than 700 transplants at UK Transplant Center, using state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge medical and surgical interventions to provide the best possible treatment in a caring and compassionate environment.

  • Locations

    Clinics

    UK Northern Kentucky Transplant Clinic

    UK Northern Kentucky Transplant Clinic

    Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates
    425 Centre View Blvd.
    Crestview Hills KY 41017

    Services available: Liver, Kidney

    Medical Plaza East

    UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic

    Medical Plaza East
    Suite 150,
    3 Audubon Plaza Drive
    Louisville KY 40217

    Services available: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

    UK Transplant Center

    Kentucky Clinic building

    Kentucky Clinic

    Third Floor, Wing D, Room J301,
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-323-1700

    transplant@email.uky.edu - Note that this email is not secure and should not be used to send personal health information.

    Services available: Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

  • About liver transplant

    A liver transplant is a surgical procedure in which a patient with irreversible liver damage receives a liver from a non-identical donor (allograft). Diseases such as NASH (nonalcoholic fatty liver), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC/ liver cancer) and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) may cause irreversible liver damage and subsequent end-stage liver disease (ESLD). One of the most common reasons a liver transplant is performed is for liver cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C or alcohol abuse.


    A patient being considered for liver transplantation must undergo an extensive assessment that includes diagnostic testing such as blood work, imaging of the liver and psychological and social counseling. The patient must also be tobacco and drug free. The patient will be required to prove cessation by passing drug screens as well as attending any required rehabilitation program or counseling.

    Only after the required criteria is met can the patient being placed on the UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing) waiting list. A patient’s place on the waiting list will be determined by their MELD (model end-stage liver disease) score. After a liver transplant, the patient will be placed on lifelong anti-rejection medication to prevent the body from rejecting the transplanted liver. Compliance is very important as the transplanted liver may be rejected without adherence to the prescribed medication.


  • Make an appointment

    Appointments available

    New patients

    If you are a new patient or would like to learn more about UK HealthCare Transplant Center services, please call us toll-free at 866-285-4337

    Current patients

    If you are a patient and need to reach a member of your transplant team, please contact us at:

    Liver Transplant Team 
    Toll-free: 888-808-3212  
    Local: 859-323-8500

  • Patient stories

    Teresa Schladt

    Surviving end-stage organ failure, a liver transplant and cancer takes an extraordinary team

    Teresa Schladt was diagnosed at age 35 with alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, a genetic disorder that can damage the liver and lungs. Her younger brother, David Bishop of Nicholasville, also has the disease and six years ago had a double-lung transplant at UK Chandler Hospital.

    Read Teresa's story »

    Bruce Smith playing guitarFacing permanent brain damage, patient turns to UK for unlikely answer: a liver transplant

    In 2011, Bruce Smith sat in his office preparing to make handouts for a meeting, like any other normal work day. But when he sat in front of his computer, he suddenly realized something frightening: He’d lost all understanding of how to use the machine.

    Read Bruce's story »