If you have a serious liver condition, living liver donation is the best way to ensure you get the life-saving organ donation you need. 

Q: How Do I Ask Someone to Be My Donor?

If you need a liver donation, there are a few things you should do to see if living liver donation is an option for you. You must have a close emotional connection to your potential donor.

  • Educate your family and friends about your medical condition.
  • Let them know living donation is the best option to get a healthy donation when you need it, even though you can still be listed on the deceased donor waiting list.
  • Educate yourself about living donation so you understand what steps your donor will have to go through.

Q: How Long Does it Take For a Donor to Be Evaluated?

Our living donor program lets donors complete evaluation testing at their own pace. We will have a potential donor complete many tests to make sure they're healthy enough to donate a portion of their liver.

Testing usually takes four to six weeks. Testing may take longer if our transplant specialists need to perform additional tests.

Q: When Can My Donor Start the Evaluation Process?

After our specialists at University of Utah Health's liver clinic meet with you, your potential donor can start the evaluation process by taking our living donor survey.

If someone knows in advance that they are committed to being your live donor, please have them take our living donor survey above. Your donor can contact us before we see you in our clinic.

Q: Can My Donor Go Through the Evaluation Process in Another State?

Your donor can get most of the early testing and evaluation in their local area, even if they live outside of Utah. Please note that if your donor has tests at another hospital, the evaluation process may take longer.

Q: Can My Donor Have the Surgery in Another State?

Your donor must have the donation surgery at University of Utah Hospital.

Q: How Many Potential Donors Can You Evaluate For Me?

We can evaluate two potential donors at the same time to see if they are good matches for you.

Q: Who Should I Contact to Find Out About My Donor's Evaluation?

If you'd like to learn about how your potential donor's evaluation is going, you can contact your transplant coordinator. She can help answer any questions during the evaluation process.

Because of patient privacy laws, we cannot provide you with specific information about your donor's testing.

Q: Will My Donor Have to Pay For the Surgery?

Living donors do not pay for any costs for the transplant surgery. Instead, we will bill the recipient's insurance company after the transplant sugery is over.

Your liver donor must pay for transportation, housing, time off work, and any standard health tests like pap smears, mammograms, and colonoscopies.

Q: How Long Does My Donor Need to Stay in Salt Lake City After the Donation?

We will ask your donor to stay in the Salt Lake Area for about two weeks after the donation surgery. We may ask your donor to stay longer depending on how well she is recovering.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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