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More than 1,300 liver transplants have been performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 2011, we performed 134 liver transplants, including 21 adult living donor liver transplants, making ours one of the largest living donor programs in the US. Our results overall are excellent and compare favorably with local, regional and national statistics.

The liver disease and transplant program at Northwestern’s Kovler Organ Transplantation Center offers a complete range of medical and surgical interventions to treat patients with complex liver disorders, including liver disease management, end-stage disease treatment and liver transplantation. We have been recognized for our success with new immunosuppressant agents that help reduce post-transplant complications and are one of the few hospitals in the Midwest to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic resections of liver tumors and laparoscopic procedures in patients with cirrhosis. Additionally, we were one of the first hospitals in Chicago with a dedicated liver cancer clinic.

Why Northwestern Memorial

Our physicians believe that successful medical management of complex disorders, including cholestatic disease, liver cancer and end-stage liver disease, requires a team approach. Our liver program includes eight hepatologists, as well as a team of six liver surgeons and transplantation specialists, gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, infectious disease specialists, oncologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and financial counselors. These specialists meet weekly to chart the best course of treatment for each patient.

Our team sees each patient individually and performs a comprehensive assessment to determine risk factors and then develop the best treatment plan. We work closely with patients and their families to answer questions and provide guidance about treatments and procedures. In addition, we help patients and families manage post-hospitalization care by working with primary care physicians to improve each patient’s quality of life.

Clinical Research

We are one of only nine centers in the country participating in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to assess living donor transplantation. Our physicians also are involved in many clinical research trials to improve the treatment of patients with diseases of the liver.

Liver Cancer Clinic & Treatment Options

Treatment of liver cancer requires a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to evaluating patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. These patients meet with physicians from transplant surgery, hepatology and interventional oncology to devise a course of action that includes a variety of treatments individualized for each patient. The potential therapeutic options we offer include:

  • Resection
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Transarterial chemoembolization
  • Transarterial drug-eluting beads
  • Transarterial radioembolization Y90
  • Combination therapy with RFA+Y90
  • Transplantation

Satellite Outreach Clinics

In addition to the downtown campus, we are available to see patients at any one of five Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation transplant outreach clinics, in Glenview, Joliet, Moline and Peoria/Washington, Illinois, and Portage, Indiana. Our focus on community outreach benefits patients and their physicians by providing care for patients with advanced or complex liver disease closer to home. Learn more . . .


If you have questions about our liver disease and transplantation program, please call 312-695-0870.


Kovler Organ Transplantation Center

Arkes Family Pavilion
676 N. Saint Clair Street
Floor 19, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60611 

Last UpdateApril 9, 2012