Liver Transplant

Son saves father with living donor liver transplant

The University of Maryland is home to a high-volume liver transplant program, changing the lives of more than 80 patients a year with the most advanced cases liver failure.

The team of liver transplant surgeons works closely with physicians within the University of Maryland Liver Center, a multidisciplinary practice comprised of hepatologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, medical and surgical oncologists, general surgeons and nursing staff who all specialize in the medical and surgical management of liver, gall bladder and bile duct disease.

The transplant team has an approved protocol for the treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma, a rare yet lethal form of bile duct cancer, which involves a combination of medical and interventional radiologic therapies prior to receiving a liver transplant. Only a handful of transplant programs in the country offer this treatment for hilar cholangiocarcinoma. 

Learn from these stories of patients who have received liver transplants at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

  • Woman changes perspective on organ donation when loved one needs living donor liver transplant.
  • Video chat with surgeon educates patient on benefits of double-listing; leads to transplant.
  • Woman has baby after liver transplant and celebrates first Mother's Day. 
  • Recipient dyes hair green for Donate Life Month to educate others about organ donation. 
  • Son donates part of liver to father in spirit of Kwanzaa.
  • Graduate of University of Maryland School of Pharmacy donates part of his liver to save his father. 
  • Nate Brunson was the first patient in Maryland to receive a liver transplant for the treatment of a rare bile duct cancer called a hilar cholangiocarcinoma.
  • Christine Roberts was on the verge of death from fulminant liver failure and had only hours to live before receiving a liver transplant. 
  • Gene Cassidy, Baltimore City police officer, receives a life-saving liver transplant after an injury in the line of duty decades ago left him blind and Hep C+ from a blood transfusion received before blood was tested for the hepatitis virus: Baltimore City Hero Saved By Liver Transplant
  • Avid tennis player, Betsy Wyble, had liver surgery for a complex hepatobiliary issue and is back out on the courts: Liver Surgery Patient Success Story Betsy Wyble
  • A boyfriend donates part of his liver to his girlfriend in a living donor liver transplant: Baltimore Man Donates Part of His Liver to Save Girlfriends Life
  • A son returns the gift of life to his mom with a living donor liver transplant: Living Liver Donor Transplant Success Story Christina and Costen Merritt

This page was last updated: October 27, 2014

         
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