Elaine's Story

After Elaine was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, her physicians determined that she needed a liver transplant. Rather than wait for a liver to become available, her daughter, Meredith, donated a portion of her own liver to Elaine. 

Learn about live liver donation

The Benefits of Choosing Penn for Liver Transplant

Penn Medicine's liver transplant program offers patients access to the highest quality of care available. We have extensive experience treating patients with end-stage liver disease. Patients and their families can expect excellent results from a program that consistently achieves liver transplant survival rates that exceed national averages.  

The liver transplant program is comprised of:

  • A living donor liver program, offering patients an alternative to long waiting periods for a liver
  • The most experienced physicians, who have performed over 2,500 liver transplants
  • The most progressive care available, anywhere with access to research programs that position Penn at the forefront of new developments in liver transplantation
  • Total integration of care from pre-surgery management, through the liver transplant surgery and postoperative care
  • Access to multiple organ procedures such as a liver-kidney transplant or a liver-lung transplant


Beyond excellent medical care, Penn offers liver transplant patients and their families the highest level of hospitality, including the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House, a beautiful, modern guest house providing accommodation for patients, their families and caregivers who live a distance from the hospital.

Liver Transplant Program Locations

The liver transplant program is located at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Evaluations for liver transplant are also offered at Chester County Hospital and Lancaster General Health. Hepatology consults are offered at Penn Medicine Bucks County and the Penn Medicine practice in Egg Harbor Township.

Pediatric Transplant Care

Pediatric patients benefit from a joint program between the Penn Transplant Institute and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) allowing late adolescent patients to transition their care to an adult facility. Additional partnership exists for healthy adult relatives to donate part of their liver to a child. 

In This Section

Treatments and Procedures

Understanding the process of a liver transplant is important, including being placed on the donor waiting list, and preparing for treatments and procedures.

Special Areas of Expertise

Penn's Liver Transplant Team has special expertise in treating end-stage liver disease.

Treatment Teams

The multidisciplinary liver transplant team at Penn Medicine is comprised of specialists who manage patient care at every stage.

Events Calendar

View upcoming events for the Liver Transplant Program.

The Penn Difference

Patients who choose Penn Medicine for their liver transplant have access to the most advanced care available. Our program has established a national reputation for exceptional outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about liver transplants.

Liver Transplant - Clinical Trials

Penn Medicine performs research and clinical trials to enhance the treatment and care of patients with liver transplants.

Patient Stories

View inspirational stories about patients who have undergone a successful liver transplant at Penn. Explore our videos here.

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