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The UW Health Transplant Program is a national leader in the field of transplantation. The UW Health Transplant Program was a pioneer in reduced-liver transplants for children and first began to perform reduced liver transplants in 1989.  The first adult-to-adult live donor liver transplant was performed at UW Hospital in 1999.
 
As of July 2017, there were more than 300 patients on the waitlist for a liver transplant in Wisconsin and nearly 14,000 in the nation. The waiting list for liver transplants is continually changing as the most severe patients are always being placed at the top of the list.
 
While the average wait time for seriously-ill patients listed with the UW Health Liver Transplant program tends to be lower than other programs in the region, patients with less severe disease may have a significant wait time. Receiving a living donor liver transplant provides an advantage compared to remaining on the transplant waiting list. It provides an opportunity for patients to be transplanted before becoming seriously ill.
 
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Patient Stories

 

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

Some say family is a warm blanket that surrounds us when we are most vulnerable. For Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten of Caracas, Venezuela, that aphorism was never more evident than when she needed a liver transplant to fight cancer in the bial du...
12/27/2016 | 2017 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Rebeca Vaisberg de Lustgarten

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

Brothers Jack and Gene Johnston of Illinois grew up having a close relationship. They share home projects, and enjoy golfing and taking Caribbean vacations together. While on a recent vacation, Gene noticed that Jack's health seemed to be rapidl...
12/20/2016 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Gene and Jack Johnston

Living Liver Donation: Stephanie's Story

Living Liver Donation: Stephanie

- Stephanie, who served as the donor for her mother's liver transplant Related Resources Got your dot?Stephanie served as the donor for her mother's liver transplant operation at UW Hospital and Clinics. She recounts the experience in her o...
11/13/2015 | Living Liver Donation: Stephanie's Story

Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician's Health

Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician

Fourteen-year-old Aviva was exhausted prior to her first high school final exams. Her family thought it was mononucleosis. Tests revealed liver disease serious enough to require a transplant.
3/25/2015 | Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician's Health