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The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has performed the most liver transplants in Maryland each year for more than 5 consecutive years. In addition to a team of highly skilled surgeons and hepatologists, we also have every tool available to help patients with end-stage liver failure.
When you refer your patients to us, you can be sure that they will they receive excellent clinical care from an experienced transplant center. You also will find a trustworthy partner in patient care.
We are a large academic medical center that offers a combination of trusted experience and bold innovation. We also have the patient volume to make advancements possible.
Other highlights of our transplant program include:
- Highly skilled physicians and surgeons: We perform cutting-edge transplants for complex cases, including those that other centers have turned away. We performed the first single-incision living organ donation for kidney transplant. We offer living donor liver transplant, and we have one of the few MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) liver dialysis units in the country to support the sickest liver patients. Meet our team.
- Innovative transplantation expertise: We have innovated transplant treatments, such as transplant for cholangiocarcinoma, single-incision laparoscopic kidney donation and transplantation for patients with polycystic kidney disease. As a university-based program, we offer access to the latest research and clinical advances.
- Thorough, disease-based approach to treatment for liver and kidney failure: We offer some of the most advanced treatments available for liver failure, with specialized ICUs and aggressive treatment for liver cancer, alcoholic liver disease and hepatitis C. For kidney failure, our unique access clinics support patients through the spectrum of kidney failure and transplant with options tailored to each patient’s needs.
- Specialized ICU: We can accept patients immediately in the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at UMMC in Baltimore. We have expertise in triage, transfer and management of the sickest patients in the region, within the dedicated R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
- Aggressive tumor treatments: For patients who have cancer that requires transplant, our interventional radiology and oncology teams work to shrink the tumor and permit successful transplant outcomes.
- World-renowned transplant immunologists: Our research teams are developing novel protocols to reduce risk of graft rejection, minimize and eliminate chronic steroid therapy and preserve and protect kidney function. Learn more about our research and clinical trials.
- Telemedicine consultation: Patients and referring physicians can talk to our liver transplant team instantly via a HIPAA-compliant website. We can see patients in ICUs around the state or around the country through the e-ICU platform, which allows immediate consults for patients with disease without having to travel.
- Simultaneous Bilateral Nephrectomy and Transplant for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease:
We look forward to working with you to help treat your patients.
- For Kidney and Liver Transplants: Complete a referral form and fax or mail to UMMC Division of Transplantation. Click one of the buttons below to download.
Note: these forms are fillable PDFs. Please download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to complete the form on your computer.
- For patient transport: Please call 1-800-373-4111 for help with transporting a patient through University of Maryland ExpressCare.
- Connect to one of our physicians: Please call 1-800-373-4111. A physician service representative from Consultation and Referral Services will route your call to the appropriate physician or department.
- Speak to a heart/lung transplant coordinator: Please call 410-328-2864.
- Speak to a liver transplant coordinator: Please call 410-328-3444.
We offer a transplant evaluation process catered to patients’ situations and schedules and the needs of referring physicians.
Here is how our evaluation works:
- Many patients can complete most of the evaluation process in one short day at our Baltimore hospital.
- Out-of-town patients may be able to complete most evaluation testing in their home community.
- Our regional clinics on the Eastern Shore make it possible for patients in those areas to meet with our physicians without traveling to Baltimore.
- UMMC transplant physicians offer secure e-visits for liver transplant patients.
We are your partners in your patients’ care. We provide you with updates on your patients’ progress at every step of the transplant experience, from the pre-transplant workup and listing through the transplant itself and post-transplant follow-up.
Within a few months after transplant, we generally transfer patient care back to the home physician. This is especially true if you are comfortable with the patient’s post-transplant issues and medications.
Prior to transplant, we also are pleased to receive workup studies from the patient’s local physician and your referral network. Our evaluation is flexible to accommodate patients’ needs.
Learn more about our patients’ experiences entering the transplant program.
Learn more about our specific transplant programs:
We offer the UMMC MD Referral app to provide you with direct access to our specialists for urgent referrals and consults.
The UMMC MD Referral app is available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Our app is your resource for information such as:
- Referral guidelines
- Team bios
- Living donor candidacy information
We are always just a phone call away at 1-800-373-4111 should you need help transporting a patient through University of Maryland ExpressCare or connecting to one of our physicians through our Consultation and Referral Services.