The Advanced Liver Disease and Liver Transplant Center provides individual and expert care to each patient with liver disease. Our team of physicians offers not only transplantation services, but also specialty management of advanced liver disease.
Transplantation represents one option for patients, however our overarching philosophy is to maintain liver health and wellness. We work directly with you and your family to develop a care plan to meet your individual needs. Patient education and support services round out the clinical care provided by the team to help you achieve the best possible quality of life.
Our multidisciplinary team of liver disease experts includes:
- Hepatologists (physicians who specialize in liver disease)
- Advanced practice providers
- Nurse coordinators
- Social workers
- Nutrition specialists
- Financial specialists
Services and treatments provided include:
- Combined liver/kidney transplantation
- Complex surgery for bile duct and pancreatic diseases (including Whipple procedures)
- Comprehensive care for all forms of chronic liver disease
- Liver transplantation
- Minimally invasive treatment for liver cancer
- Nutrition/fitness assessments for metabolic liver disease
- Surgical, medical and radiologic treatment for all complications of cirrhosis
- Surgical, radiologic and medical treatment for hepatocellular cancer
- Viral hepatitis treatment (including Hepatitis C and B)
Patients come to the Center with a variety of liver diseases. Thus, our team of experts provides comprehensive and individualized education based on your needs. In addition, the American Liver Foundation is a great resource for disease information and support.
In most cases of liver disease, transplants are not needed. However, if you or your loved one is in need of a liver transplant, the first step is to attend an education class about organ transplantation. This class is offered in English and Spanish. During class, you will receive a binder containing detailed information about the transplant process, including:
- Initial evaluation and testing
- Details of being on the waiting list
- The transplant surgery
- Care after the transplant
We encourage patients to be open and honest and to ask any and all questions in order to get the information they need to make an informed decision. Patients can also talk with other patients who have been through a transplant procedure to gain firsthand insights into the transplantation process in general.
We also offer onsite support groups at the Transplant Institute – a schedule of those meetings can be obtained by calling the Transplant Institute at (602) 521-5900.
All of our patient education materials are available in English and Spanish. The following is a list of other resources:
The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments which may not yet be available to the public.
Our goal is to help you reach a healthier quality of life. For this reason, we have a strong focus on patient education and support. We provide all our patients and their families with the information and educational materials needed to attain the healthy outcomes the Transplant Institute is known for achieving.