Experts in Liver Transplants

Stanford Hospital's Liver Transplant Program began in 1991 as part of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program. Since then, our team has performed more than 800 adult liver transplantations, consistently exceeding national patient and liver survival rates at the one- and three-year marks after transplantation.

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment

Personalized Liver Care at Every Stage

Before, during and after transplant, our liver transplant team will provide you with personalized care. We will work with you to determine what type of therapy or procedure is right for you, offer you and your family support and resources,  and keep you informed at every stage. Our program also offers living related liver transplantation for appropriate candidates.

The first step is to undergo a thorough liver transplant evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for transplantation. Once approved for transplant, you will need to maintain regular doctor visits, laboratory tests, and periodic radiologic studies. It is vital that you stay in contact with the transplant program. As soon as a suitable donor liver is identified, we want to make sure you are ready to undergo liver transplantation.

After transplant, you will need to take medications on a daily basis to protect your new organ. This is because your immune system will think your new liver is a foreign invader and WILL try to get rid of it, which is known as rejection. Acute rejection usually happens in the first year as the body reacts to the newly transplanted organ. Chronic rejection happens over a longer period of time and is the primary cause of transplant organ failure over time.

As you move forward in your transplant journey, keep in mind that liver transplant is an option—each individual makes a choice to undergo this surgery. If you have questions at any stage of the process, please ask; your commitment, compliance, and motivation are crucial for the transplant to be a success. Your new liver is a precious gift that needs to be treated with much care and respect.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Hospital & Clinics patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients

Your doctor will request an evaluation by one of Stanford's transplant specialists, who will review your previous medical records and determine if additional tests are necessary. Patients undergoing initial evaluation, medical follow-up before transplant, and post-transplant follow-up, both early and late, are seen in the liver transplant clinic.

To learn more about our outreach locations, call the Outreach Clinic Central Office at 650-725-1988.

To reach a patient care coordinator, call:

  • Tammy Stewart 650-724-3092
  • Beatriz Valdes 650-721-1850
  • Lisa Tislau 650-724-0383

International Patients

Phone: +1-650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment

650-498-7878

For Health Care Professionals

We are committed to maintaining regular communication with referring physicians, including sending all records regarding consultation and outpatient clinic visits, as well as a summary of Liver Transplant Selection Committee minutes.

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811, Fax: 650-721-3476
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANSFER CENTER

Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Hospital & Clinics provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Please submit a referral form via fax or electronically via PRISM. We will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office. If you have any questions about the referral process, please call us at 650-498-7878.

For Fresno, Los Gatos, San Jose, or Turlock clinics fax the cover sheet and patient referral form to 650-498-7602. For all other clinic locations, fax the patient referral form to 650-498-7888.

FOLLOW UP ON A PATIENT

Our team initiates regular telephone communication, if necessitated by the patient's status, and sends each referring physician a binder of basic information regarding pre- and post-transplant patient management, including copies of pertinent chapters and articles from the literature, to facilitate ongoing care.

Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers securely online.

Learn More About PRISM »