Liver transplant: Your best choice

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has performed liver transplants on adults and children since 1984. Our liver transplant program is among the nation's best, with excellent outcomes and dedicated service to our patients.

Iowa’s only Blue Designation Center® for transplant

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized the UI Hospitals & Clinics as a Blue Distinction Center® for delivering quality transplant care.

Blue Distinction Centers® have demonstrated the delivery of quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. UI Hospitals & Clinics is the only Iowa health system to receive this designation.

The personal side of your care

The care and convenience afforded you at UI Hospitals & Clinics is unmatched. We work hard to assure your comfort during your evaluation, waiting period, and throughout the transplant process.

During your transplant and recovery, family members will likely spend time in the Iowa City area to follow you through your care. Our patients and families are delighted to discover how livable Iowa City and surrounding communities are, with many lodging, dining, and shopping choices just a few minutes from the hospital.

Choosing the UI Liver Transplant Program

Our team is made up of caring, empathetic, compassionate experts in their field. We have designed our referral and evaluation process to be as patient-friendly as possible.

Our services are available around the state, allowing patients to be seen by members of our core team in the Des Moines area, Dubuque, and Davenport in addition to Iowa City.

Our evaluation process is patient friendly and efficient. Our mission is to work with transplant candidates to help them get to their transplant goal as quickly as possible.

Because our waiting list is relatively short, we have been able to transplant people before they become too sick. These factors, combined with the exceptional expertise of our team, mean that fewer people on the Iowa liver transplant waiting list die while waiting for a transplant.

The UI Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Center provides comprehensive management of all medical and surgical diseases of the liver and bile ducts. Our staff members care for patients with a variety of diseases that might lead to acute or chronic liver failure who might ultimately require liver transplantation. In addition, we offer expertise in the treatment of benign and malignant liver masses, and malignant diseases of the gall bladder and bile ducts.

Last reviewed: 
January 2018

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