Our liver care experts offer diagnostic procedures and treatment for patients with all forms of liver disease, including those requiring liver transplantation. The biliary tract consists of ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and then to the small intestine.

We are also part of the Iowa Liver Center, a collaboration among the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center, based in Iowa City; the Iowa Digestive Disease Center (IDDC), based in Clive; and Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines (Mercy), including its affiliated clinics and subsidiaries.

Our clinics provide specialized services for patients with:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver failure
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Genetic disorders including hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease
  • Gallstones that pass out of the gallbladder into the ducts
  • Injury to the bile ducts during gallbladder surgery
  • Disorders of the pancreas
  • Tumors in the pancreas, gallbladder or bile ducts
  • Growths of polyps in the gallbladder

Our clinical services include:

Why Choose Us?

University of Iowa Health Care provides world-class care to adults and children with diseases of the liver and its biliary system. Our highly trained specialists, many of whom also conduct cutting-edge research, provide the state's widest range of services from diagnosis to ultra-sophisticated liver transplantation.

  • We were the first hospital in Iowa to perform a living-related liver transplant.
  • An 8-pound Iowa infant was one of world's smallest persons to receive a liver transplant in a procedure performed at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
  • In a recent year we performed 34 liver transplants.
  • Our 2009 Transplant Survival Rates (after one year):
    • Adult Liver: 95%

Academic Departments that Provide Hepatology Care

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