The Penn Transplant Institute is dedicated to serving as a resource for physicians and their patients. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country.
Physician Services with Penn PhysicianLink®
Penn PhysicianLink® is an exclusive program that helps all referring physicians connect with Penn Medicine. This comprehensive package of support services expedites and facilitates direct physician communication for patient consults, referrals, transfers and appointments.
Initiating the Liver Evaluation Process
Liver transplant should be considered for patients meeting any of the following clinical parameters:
- Fulminant hepatic failure.
- Progressive rise in serum bilirubin.
- Portal hypertension manifesting in intractable ascites, hypersplenism, thrombocytopenia, and/or bleeding varices.
- Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.
- Uncontrollable or recurrent encephalopathy.
- Poor synthetic function expressed by decreased albumin and elevated prothrombin time.
- Inability to function or maintain normal activity.
- Metabolic diseases associated with chronic liver disease hepatocellular malignancy confined to the liver without evidence of major vascular invasion or metastatic spread.
- Intractable pruritis.
- Development of hepatorenal syndrome.
- Progressive malnutrition and/or muscle wasting.
Records can be faxed or mailed to:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Transplant Institute
Liver Transplant Program
3400 Spruce Street
Dulles Building, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Communication with Referring Physicians
Communication with referring physicians is a top priority for the Penn liver transplant team. Referring physicians are called at the time of transplant and are updated on the patient’s course. Continuing communication regarding patient status is sent via letters at the time of follow up office visits. Team members are available via cell phone or email to answer any questions.
Once a patient is stable, his or her care is transferred back to the primary care provider, usually between six and 12 months following transplant. In order to track patient outcomes and fulfill United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) regulations, Penn evaluates transplant patients every year following transplant. The Penn liver transplant team is available to assist providers with the management of transplant patients.