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Covid-19 & Liver Disease

What do patients with liver disease need to know about their risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19, and about the continuity of care at Weill Cornell Medicine? Emily Schonfeld, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, and transplant hepatologist Arun Jesudian, MD, explain what patients with liver disease need

A Second Chance for This Liver Transplant Patient

Nick Oprish recalls the precise date--May 1, 2019--when he and his wife, Melissa, learned that the chest pains he’d been experiencing were due to aggressive liver cancer.

Dr. Benjamin Samstein Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Benjamin Samstein, the Chief of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, was recently featured in an article about laparoscopic liver transplantation in the Wall Street Journal. The procedure is a less invasive way to perform liver transplantation, and many believe more expanding access to this procedure could encourage more donors to step forward.... Read More

NYC Dad Saves His Daughter's Life with Liver Donation

When Peter McKay and his husband, Chris, brought home their daughter from the hospital, they were overjoyed.But two months after bringing Darcy to their Crown Heights apartment, she began to show signs of liver failure. Peter and Chris soon learned that their baby, Darcy, had a rare genetic disease called progressive intrahepatic cholestasis type 2, or PFIC2, which prevents liver cells from properly flushing out bile and forcing it into the bloodstream instead. If left untreated, doctors told... Read More

Infant Receives Liver from His Godmother, a 'Perfect' Match

At only 8 months old, Finn O'Sullivan desperately needed a liver transplant.Finn was diagnosed with two conditions: biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants, and Alpha-1, a genetic disorder that can cause liver disease. Without a new liver, doctors said, he would not have lived long.Fortunately, Finn's family didn't have to look too far for a donor — Finn's godmother, Sarah McKitterick was a "perfect" match, according to an article by ABC News, which... Read More

Helping Out a Friend Through a Living Donation

When Matt Felix's liver began to fail, he knew needed a transplant. Word spread fast about his condition, eventually making its way to Pat Kacani, one of his college friends."I was sitting at my desk and reading it and I was like, 'Oh, man,'" Kacani told WTVR. "I was like, 'I can do this. It is going to be me.'"Kacani volunteered to donate part of his healthy liver to help Felix, and eventually found out he was a match.... Read More