Did you know that you can donate part of your liver and it will regrow and function normally again in just a few months? Living liver donation is the best option to help patients with end-stage liver disease receive a life-saving organ.

Qualifications

A living liver donor must be at minimum:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • in good mental and physical health,
  • and voluntarily willing and fully prepared to go through the donation process.
  • Potential donors are also required to complete the donor evaluation process.

Initial Screening

To see if you meet criteria for living liver donation, you will need to complete a screening survey with a member of the living donor team. Once a liver physician reviews your initial intake, a nurse coordinator will contact you about the next step in the evaluation process.

Start the Process

To start this process, please take our screening survey.

Evaluation

The evaluation includes a complete medical history, physical exam, series of laboratory and radiology tests, and any other testing you need for medical clearance.

Selection & Matching 

Once evaluation testing is complete, the living donor multidisciplinary committee will review your results. They will then decide if you can safely proceed with the donation. We will notify you about the committee’s decision.

Living donors and organ recipients must have a compatible blood type. Read the blood type compatibility chart below to see what type of blood the donor and recipient must have in order for transplant surgery to be successful:

Donor's Blood Type Transplant Candidate's Blood Type
O O
A or O A
B or O B
A, B, AB, or O AB

*Note: Your Rh factor (for example, if your blood type is A positive or O negative) is not important in matching.

Surgery

If your surgery is approved, the multidisciplinary team will continue to work closely with you to schedule surgery and give you additional information about your donation process. 

Follow-Up

We will schedule a follow-up visit with a surgeon within two weeks after your donation. You will also see the surgeon and have blood work with labs at three months, six months, one year, and two years after your donation. This clinical information and results are important to safely monitor your recovery.

Financial Resources

Are you considering living organ donation but are worried about costs of care? Learn more by reading the American Society of Transplantation's Live Donor Financial Toolkit.

Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA)

During the entire donation process, the independent living donor advocate (ILDA) is available to you to ensure your rights as a donor are protected.

To Begin

To start the screening process, please take our screening survey.

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Faris Ahmed, MD, FASN

Dr. Ahmed joins the Kidney Transplantation program at the University of Utah after specialized training abroad and domestically. As a transplant nephrologist, he assists the pre- and post-transplant evaluation and management of kidney transplant patients in addition to the evaluation of living donors. He is active in transplant research and will be... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension

Locations:

University Hospital
Transplant and Specialty Clinic
801-585-6320
University Hospital
Kidney and Liver Clinic
801-585-6320

Laith F. Al-Rabadi, MD

Patient Rating:

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Dr. Al-Rabadi finished his undergraduate and medical training at Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007. Afterwards, he joined Edelman lab at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology to study endothelial dysfunction in uremic milieu. Dr. Al-Rabdi finished his Internal Medicine training at University of Iowa in 2013 then ... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension

Locations:

University Hospital
Kidney and Liver Clinic
801-585-6320
University Hospital
Transplant and Specialty Clinic
801-585-6320

Paul J. Campsen, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Paul Jeffery Campsen, MD, FACS, FAST is the Surgical Director of Pancreas Transplantation, Adult and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at the University of Utah.   He also specializes in Autotransplantation of the kidney for chronic kidney pain and loin pain hematuria syndrome.  He practices at the University... Read More

Jacke L. Corbett, FNP-BC, DNP

Patient Rating:

4.8

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Jacke started working the Kidney Transplant Team in 1990 as a Kidney Transplant Coordinator. After completing her advanced degree, she started working as a nurse practitioner, caring for kidney and pancreas transplant recipients and living donors.... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Pancreas Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-581-2634

Isaac E. Hall, MD, MS

Dr. Isaac E. Hall joined the University of Utah Kidney Transplant Program after several years at Yale University, where he completed residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and received additional specialized training and faculty experience as a transplant nephrologist. Dr. Hall’s primary clinical interests involve all... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension

Locations:

University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-585-6320

Shanel S. Holbrook, APRN

Shanel Holbrook is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at the University of Utah.  Her clinic practice focus is Transplant Nephrology.  She has a strong passion for Transplant Nephrology and her clinical interests include BK nephropathy and post-transplant pregnancy management.She gradua... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-585-6322

Robin D. Kim, MD

Patient Rating:

4.5

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Dr. Kim received his Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine which included a two-year research fellowship in liver regeneration and cancer. Following his residency, Dr. Kim went ... Read More

Specialties:

Kidney Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Liver, Biliary, & Pancreas Surgery, Living Kidney Donor Transplant, Living Liver Donor Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Transplant Surgery

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital 801-585-6140
Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Gastroenterology
801-585-6140
University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-585-6320

Fuad Shihab, MD

Patient Rating:

4.8

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Fuad Shihab, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Programs at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics and the Director of the Kidney and Liver Clinics. He also serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the University Medical Group. As a transplant nephrologist, he man... Read More

Specialties:

Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension

Locations:

University Hospital
Transplant Center
801-585-6320

University of Utah

University Hospital 50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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