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
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Care and Treatment

Getting ready for a liver transplant

We understand that the waiting period can be stressful. During this time, we encourage you to continue seeking support and maintaining a positive attitude.

While on the waiting list, please keep in frequent contact with your transplant coordinator regarding:

  • Hospitalizations—during clinic hours, call your coordinator. For emergencies only (after clinic hours or on holidays), call the Stanford Page Operator at 650-723-6661 and ask for the on-call hepatology coordinator or hepatologist to be paged.
  • Lab work, ultrasounds or CT scans done in your local area
  • Health status or medication changes
  • Insurance or physician changes
  • New contact information, including address and phone number

Other important patient responsibilities while on the waiting list:

  • Maintain routine clinic visits with your hepatologist. If rescheduling is necessary, you must do so before the appointment day, except in cases of emergency.
  • Bring a list of all medications with dosage and frequency and written list of questions to your clinic appointments.
  • Obtain a Primary Care Physician (PCP) and maintain regular visits.
  • Have abdominal imaging in the form of ultrasound, CT scan or MRI every six months to check for liver cancer.
  • Abstain completely from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or using illicit drugs.

Always follow the recommendations of your transplant team in regards to clinic appointments, medications, diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and/or Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous attendance.

Surgery and recovery

Depending on the type of transplant you have, surgery can take from six to twelve hours. During your surgery, your family may wait in the ICU waiting room. Your surgeon will update your family after the surgery is completed.

After surgery, you will be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients usually stay in the ICU for 24 to 48 hours before being transferred to the transplant unit. Liver transplant recipients typically stay in the hospital for five to ten days.

While you are recovering in the hospital, we will provide you with one-on-one education on how to take your medications and manage your post transplant care.


Due to the nature of liver transplantation, complications can happen. Generally, the sicker you are going into the transplant, the greater the risk of complications. These may require additional treatment and delay your discharge. Stanford is known for taking on some of the most challenging transplant cases. Our patients are some of the sickest patients in the country. Despite this, we consistently have outstanding results.

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

Call us to make an appointment


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 »