Northwestern Expands Liver Transplant Services into Quad Cities
National leader in organ transplantation opens liver clinic in Moline, Illinois
Consumers living in the connected corner regions of Illinois and Iowa, known as the “Quad Cities,” can now access outpatient liver clinic services provided at Northwestern Memorial Hospital without always having to make the trek to downtown Chicago.
The new Northwestern Liver Transplant Evaluation Clinic opened in Moline, Ill. It will serve potential transplant candidates, patients awaiting transplant, and those seeking consultations for advanced or complex liver disease. The new satellite location offers a range of medical interventions for the treatment of complex liver disorders.
“This expansion will be a huge benefit to patients in this area as it will minimize frequent trips to our main center in Chicago,” says Steven Flamm, MD, the program’s medical director. “We are very excited to bring the comprehensive and compassionate care patients have come to expect of Northwestern to a region of the Midwest that is in need of advanced hepatology care that in many cases could lead to a liver transplant.”
The transplant center at Northwestern Memorial has maintained a foothold as a national leader in organ and soft tissue transplantation. It continues to be the largest liver transplant program in Illinois, having performed 113 liver transplants in partnership with the Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s hospital in 2010. Separately, Northwestern also performed 17 adult living donor liver transplants, making it one of the nation’s largest living donor programs in the country, with some of the highest-rated outcomes and statistics in transplants and grafts.
The new clinic in Moline is the sixth Northwestern transplant satellite clinic in the Midwest region. Other clinics are located in Illinois in the cities of Oak Brook, Glenview, Joliet and Peoria/Washington, and in Indiana in the city of Portage.
To make an appointment with Dr. Flamm or a member of Northwestern’s liver transplant team consisting of hepatologist Sean Koppe, MD, and nurse practitioner Sarah Anderson, NP, please call 1-888-995-4837. To learn more about Northwestern’s transplant program, visit www.transplant.nmh.org.