At Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, we understand that liver disease and surgery may be a scary or overwhelming process for you and your caregiver. Our world renowned team of surgeons and specialists provide care for people who are in need of a liver transplant.
Your liver transplantation team will include liver transplant hepatologists, gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, radiologists and pathology experts, advanced-care nurses, social workers, and patient support staff — who work collaboratively to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible.
At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, we are committed to outstanding patient care, research, and educational programs. Our experts provide personalized care for each patient from the first visit, through surgery and follow-up care after transplant. We are committed to advancing the science of transplantation in order to develop safer and more individualized therapies for our patients.
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian for Liver Transplantation?
Exceptional surgeons: Our liver transplant team has extensive experience treating all stages of liver failure. We routinely care for patients with rare, complex or technically challenging conditions. Our patients are comforted knowing that our surgeons have years of training and experience.
Our Center Saves More Lives in Less Time: Transplantations save lives in patients affected by terminal organ failures and improve quality of life. The transplant rate tells how many patients on a transplant program’s waiting list underwent transplant per time on the waiting list. The transplant rate provides an overall summary of how quickly our patients undergo transplantation.
Leaders in advanced techniques and technology: Our surgeons use the most advanced surgical techniques and technology available. We specialize in minimally invasive techniques — including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgical procedures — which offer effective care for our patients with less pain, less bleeding and a shorter recovery.
Higher Transplant Rate Means Shorter Wait Time: The waiting list for liver transplantation grows every day. Despite improved awareness of organ donation and the unyielding need for donors, every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant waiting list. With that said, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has one of the shortest wait times for liver transplants in the country. Our philosophy is to treat your symptoms and not your MELD (model for end-stage liver disease) score.
Patients with Disadvantaged MELD Scores (6-14) Are More Likely to Get Transplanted At Our Center: Our Center transplants more patients with disadvantaged MELD scores than any other New York Metropolitan Transplant Center. We do this through an individualized approach by assessing each organ and matching to patients. If you are a patient with a lower MELD score, Weill Cornell Medical Center gives you the best chance of transplant.
Our Center Accepts a Higher Number of Organs: Transplant rates depends on the Centers acceptance of organs. At Weill Cornell Medical Center, we take our time to fully evaluate the health of each organ and its potential to save our patients lives.
Conditions We Diagnose and Treat
Liver transplantation surgically replaces a failing or diseased liver with one that is normal and healthy. At this time, transplantation is the only cure for liver insufficiency or liver failure because no device or machine reliably performs all of the functions of the liver. The liver is a vital organ, meaning that one cannot live without it. The liver serves many critical functions including metabolism of drugs and toxins, removing degradation products of normal body metabolism (for example clearance of ammonia and bilirubin from the blood), and synthesis of many important proteins and enzymes (such as factors necessary for blood to clot).
People who require liver transplants typically have one of the following conditions:
Our liver transplantation team has developed a unique depth and breadth of experience, serving a specialized center known for leading-edge medical, surgical and aftercare knowledge and techniques.
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Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.
If you would like a remote second opinion, we can connect you directly with expert physicians and specialists at the Weill Cornell Medicine Liver Transplantation, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery division. Learn more at WCM Department of Surgery Second Opinion.
Meet Our Team
The Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian liver transplantation team offers patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.