The Iowa Liver Center

The Iowa Liver Center delivers complete and coordinated care in convenient locations for Iowans with liver disease.

Three major Iowa health care organizations formed the Iowa Liver Center in early 2013 to offer a full range of well-coordinated diagnostic, treatment, and support services for those with liver disease.

The collaborators are the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center in Iowa City, the Iowa Digestive Disease Center in Clive, and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Comprehensive Services

Iowans with liver and biliary tract disease benefit from the shared expertise among the state's experts in these diseases. Care for Iowa Liver Center patients is coordinated throughout their treatment, whether for routine tests and exams or for more complex conditions requiring a liver transplant.

How to Access the Services of the Iowa Liver Center

Patients can make an appointment on line or by phone to be seen at any of the locations represented by the Iowa Liver Center: in Clive, Des Moines, and Iowa City.

A physician can refer a patient to be seen by specialists in the Iowa Liver Center. Referrals can be made to the individual locations.

Liver Disease

Iowa Liver Center

The term liver disease applies to many diseases and disorders that cause the liver to function improperly or stop functioning.

Along with its job of metabolizing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, the liver stores vitamins and minerals and removes toxins so that nutrients supplied to the body are optimized for nourishment.

While the liver plays a role in most diseases, the following diseases are among those most associated with the liver: hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

Iowa Liver Center physicians treat these and scores of other diseases and conditions that affect the liver.