The Big Picture of Liver Transplantation at UMMC
Dr. Rolf Barth, director of liver transplantation at the University of Maryland Medical Center, provides an overview of liver transplantation at UMMC and the multidisciplinary group of physicians and staff who care for patients each step of the way.
The liver transplant team includes a team of various experts, such as:
- Transplant Surgeons
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Social Workers
- Transplant Nurse Coordinators
- Hepatobiliary Surgeons
- Interventional Radiologists
It is up to this team to determine the appropriate course of treatment for each patient, whether that be a liver transplant or another therapy. The team works together to make sure patients stay as safe as possible while waiting for a transplant and then after receiving a transplant.
Dr. Barth describes new therapies for patients with liver disease, such as medicines for hepatitis C and new surgical treatments for patients with liver cancers. He emphasizes the team's focus on improving outcomes for patients so that they can return to a normal life after their transplant. Researchers in the University of Maryland laboratories are seeking solutions to engineer new organs so that fewer patients pass away while waiting for a deceased donor organ.
It's an exciting time for patients with liver disease as teams of experts, like those at the University of Maryland, push hard to improve patient outcomes and change the future of liver transplantation.