Liver Transplant

Nationally-Recognized Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant in Georgia was performed in 1987 by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital. Today, Emory Transplant Center is known for its Liver Transplant Program nationwide. It has performed more than 2,700 liver transplants to date. Our program has a long tradition of treating end-stage liver disease and portal hypertension, providing the full continuum of lifesaving care involved in liver transplantation.

Emory's expert team of liver transplant specialists is comprised of liver transplant surgeons, transplant hepatologists, gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists and nurses who are all experienced in treating liver failure. Our number one goal is to provide our patients with the unsurpassed, comprehensive care they deserve.

Liver Transplant Program Highlights & Differentiators

National Ranking: To date, our renowned physicians have performed more than 2,700 liver transplants. Our Emory Liver Transplant Program ranks among the top centers in the nation for adult liver transplant volume (OPTN, CY2020 data).

Dedicated Services for Liver Failure & Liver Transplant: Emory University Hospital is the only hospital in the state of Georgia that provides an intensive care unit and service line dedicated to liver failure and liver transplant.

Forefront of Liver Transplant Research: Emory Transplant Center is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in liver transplantation, offering treatments that are only available at a few transplant centers around the country. These novel treatments include liver transplantation in HIV-positive patients and patients with cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile ducts.

Offering a Bridge to Transplant: Emory Transplant Center is the only center in the Southeast to offer extracorporeal liver support with the Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS®), a viable option for treating select patients with acute liver failure that can be used either as a bridge to transplant or for spontaneous recovery.

One Patient's Story

Stacy is a transplant patient whose health care journey started during COVID-19. With the help of Ravi Vora, MD and the Emory Liver Transplant Program team, Stacy didn’t miss a beat – even during a pandemic – and is back to living a healthy life with her family.