The Living Donor Liver Transplantation Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian has performed more than 300 living donor liver transplantations, including North America’s highest number of minimally invasive left-lobe donations.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is the only transplant center in the United States performing fully laparoscopic donor hepatectomies. This technique performed when possible since it markedly reduces donor recovery time.
As pioneers in laparoscopic liver removal, we continue to research techniques to make the surgery safer for the donor, like using the left lobe for transplantation rather than the traditional right lobe, allowing less of the liver to be removed. There are enormous clinical benefits of left lobe living donor liver transplantation to donors including shorter length of stay, accelerated recovery, and improved quality of life.