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Living-Donor Liver Transplant Process

When you come to UPMC as a potential liver donor, our team of transplant experts will evaluate you to ensure that organ donation poses the least possible risk to you and the transplant recipient.

Steps of Living-Liver Donation

The steps of living-liver donation include:

  1. Pre-liver-donation evaluation
  2. Surgery to remove part of your liver
  3. Post-liver-donation care

Throughout the process, you will interact with our comprehensive living-donor liver transplant team of:

  • Transplant social workers
  • Dedicated liver transplant nurse coordinators
  • Nutritionists
  • Transplant hepatologists
  • Liver transplant surgeons

This team will determine if you're suitable for living donation. One member of that team is an independent living-donor advocate who is assigned to you and will act on your behalf.

Your living-donor advocate will:

  • Make sure you are fully aware of what it means to be a living-liver donor.
  • Explain and help you understand the risks of living-donor liver transplant surgery.
  • Voice any of your concerns to the liver transplant team.
  • Determine if your decision to donate is fully informed.

​Become a Liver Donor

If you'd like more information about becoming a liver donor, call toll-free 1-877-640-6746 or contact a UPMC living-donor liver transplant nurse coordinator at:
  • 412-647-5647
  • 412-647-5489
  • 412-647-5512


To schedule an evaluation for liver donation, please complete the above “Can I be a donor?” form and submit to, and a member of the liver transplant team will reach out to you in the near future.

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