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.

Liver Transplant Program at Boswell Building
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-498-7878 Getting Here
Additional Locations

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment

Liver cancer therapies

There are two types of liver cancer: primary (cancer that originates in the liver) and secondary (cancer that originates from another location in the body).

Some of the risk factors associated with liver cancer are:

  • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis B or hepatitis C) or cirrhosis
  • Family history of liver cancer (someone in your family had liver cancer)
  • Gender (men are more likely to get liver cancer than women)
  • Certain metabolic diseases of the liver such as excessive iron (hereditary hemochromatosis), excess copper (Wilson disease), and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

Liver cancer may be diagnosed by abdominal imaging (including CT scan or MRI), blood test (alpha-fetoprotein), angiogram, or surgery.

Once a liver tumor is found, the patient undergoes imaging to determine the number and location of the tumors and whether a tumor has invaded a blood vessel or spread outside the liver. This process is referred to as staging of the liver cancer. It usually involves obtaining a chest CT scan and a bone scan to see if the tumor has spread into the lungs or bones. If there is no evidence of the tumor spreading to other organs, the patient is usually referred to surgery for resection or liver transplantation.

Some patients are not candidates for surgical treatment or will need additional treatment to decrease (downstaging) or slow the growth of the tumor. Such procedures include burning the tumor (radiofrequency ablation), localized liver chemoembolization (transarterial chemoembolization or radioembolization using TheraSphere), or radiation treatment with CyberKnife.

Liver tumor board

As part of our program, liver specialists from surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, and pathology meet weekly at a Tumor Board to evaluate and discuss patients for whom a multidisciplinary approach is being considered.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care 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.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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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.


Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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

Stanford Health Care (formerly 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.


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.


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 »