Jefferson Health

Viral Hepatitis

While there is no existing treatment for viral hepatitis, Jefferson hepatologists (physicians who specialize in the treatment of the liver) are experienced in diagnosing and treating all known types of hepatitis with the goal of reducing symptoms and preventing serious complications such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.

Whether you wish to take precautions against hepatitis A before traveling or have chronic liver disease as a result of hepatitis C, our specialists in liver disease will provide personalized care to help you manage your disease through a multifaceted approach that may include medication therapy and lifestyle changes. Our Travel Medicine Services team at Jefferson can advise you of the precautions you should take and administer the needed vaccinations before your trip – all in one visit to our Center City Philadelphia office. During your visit, our team will also provide helpful hints to keep you healthy before and during your trip.

If damage to your liver cannot be controlled, a liver transplant may be necessary. Jefferson is home to the longest continuously active liver transplantation program in the Philadelphia area, in fact, we performed the first liver transplant in the Delaware Valley. Jefferson is also designated a Live Donor Liver Transplant Center by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that administers the nation's policies on organ transplantation and procurement. The designation makes Jefferson a liver transplant program for both live donor and deceased donor livers.

Transplantation specialists at Jefferson have developed innovative therapies to improve the quality of life for our liver transplant patients, including new antirejection protocols. Our surgeons also use an innovative bloodless technique for removing the liver, eliminating the need for a blood transfusion and helping to improve the survival rate and reduce the length of hospital stay and infection.

Making an appointment with Travel Medicine Services

Although it's ideal to schedule your appointment six to eight weeks before your trip, if you're leaving sooner, please don't assume you cannot or should not seek care. Appointments for Travel Medicine Services are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule a consultation, please call 215-955-0860.