Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranks Highest in Georgia for Survival

Committed to Delivering the Highest Quality of Care to Patients Near and Far

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) currently ranks the Emory Liver Transplant Program as number one in Georgia for 1-year patient survival. Thanks to our surgeons, providers, nurses and care team (who all work diligently every day), the highest quality of care is possible for our patients in need of a liver transplant. The story of these numbers goes far beyond accolades and recognition. It demonstrates our commitment to constantly innovate, collaborate and care for the patients and families we serve.

SRTR Liver Transplant Rankings

A Leader in the State, a Leader in the Nation

In 1987, transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital performed the first liver transplant in Georgia. Since that time, we’ve taken the experience and knowledge of our team to build the state’s leading liver transplant program – and one of the best in the nation.

In 2018, our liver transplant team performed 127 adult liver transplants. This positions our program among the top 12 centers in the nation for liver transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). OPTN links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the OPTN under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Our hands-on experience over the years has given our team unmatched insight, and the know-how to design a treatment plan based on the unique needs of each individual patient. We collaborate across specialties to answer questions and concerns from every angle to help treat liver failure patients.

Focused on Time to Transplant

At Emory, we understand that getting patients on the transplant list quickly is an important step in getting them back to good health. That’s why we’re committed to streamlining the process wherever possible and assigning dedicated resources to help you get the care you need.

This focus is driving results for our patients. Of our 127 patients transplanted in 2018, 31 percent received a liver transplant in one month. A total of 43 percent of patients were transplanted within three months of listing.

An Innovative Approach to Care

Our surgeons, researchers, and care teams are dedicated to offering the latest advances in care for our liver transplant patients. And we are the only hospital in Georgia that provides an intensive care unit dedicated to liver failure and liver transplant.

We’re also on the forefront of cutting-edge research in liver transplantation, allowing us to offer treatments that are only available at a few transplant centers in the country. These treatments include liver transplantation in HIV-positive patients and patients with cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts).

Emory is also one of few transplant centers in the Southeast to offer extracorporeal liver support with the Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS ®), which serves as a bridge to transplant for those who experience acute liver failure.

Driving Quality Outcomes

Our dedicated approach to care is driving high-quality outcomes for our patients. With the most recent release of SRTR quality data (June 2019), our team surpassed the expected survival rates of liver transplants and grafts:

  • Actual one-year, risk-adjusted liver transplant survival rate: 94.75%
    • Expected survival rate: 92.52%
  • Actual one-year, risk-adjusted liver graft survival rate: 93.69%
    • Expected survival rate: 90.9%
  • Actual three-year, risk-adjusted liver transplant survival rate: 90.03%
    • Expected survival rate: 86.17%
  • Actual three-year, risk-adjusted liver graft survival rate: 88.92%
    • Expected survival rate: 84.04%

About Emory Liver Transplant Program

Emory Transplant Center has performed more than 2,600 liver transplants. The Liver Transplant Program has a long tradition of treating end-stage liver disease and portal hypertension, providing the full continuum of lifesaving care involved in liver transplant.

Emory’s expert team of liver transplant specialists includes liver transplant surgeons, transplant hepatologists, gastroenterologist, anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologists and nurses who are all experienced in treating liver failure.

 

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