Colonel Darnell's Story
Colonel Darnell Waun of the Air Force Nursing Corps experienced life, as he says, on "both sides of the bed rails" after a liver transplant.
Caring for Transplant Families
Jefferson is proud to inform our transplant patients and their families about the Gift of Life Family House services.
Cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer are just some of the conditions that may result in the need for a liver transplant. If you are considering a liver transplant, you can rest assured that you will receive excellent care at Jefferson. Jefferson has distinguished itself in the field of liver transplant, having performed the first liver transplant in not only Philadelphia but the entire Delaware Valley more than 25 years ago.
Why Choose Jefferson for a Liver Transplant in Philadelphia?
Jefferson has the lowest mortality rate among patients on the Region 2 (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) liver recipient waiting list, and our patient and graft survival rates (91 percent and 87 percent respectively) surpass Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) benchmarks as well as Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) regional and national levels. These impressive results allow us to accept patients with higher morbidities than those accepted by other centers in the region.
To date, more than 1,200 patients have received transplants at Jefferson and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which administers the nation's policies on organ transplantation and procurement, designated Jefferson as a liver transplant program for both live and deceased donor livers. We are also one of only three adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant centers in the region.
In addition, Jefferson is proud to inform our transplant patients and their families about the Gift of Life Family House services. The program provides temporary lodging and support services for families whose loved ones are undergoing a transplant at Jefferson.
Four-Day Outpatient Evaluations
We understand that timing is critical to our patients. Jefferson patients can now be evaluated for transplant in four days. In these four days, patients will see all necessary physicians and staff members and receive all of the required testing. The patient will be brought to our multidisciplinary meeting to discuss potential listing the following Monday. Our four-day outpatient evaluation and listing process maintains the standards of quality care and attention associated with Jefferson’s world class health facilities and professionals.
Deceased Donor Liver Transplant
When a patient does not have a family member, loved one or other individual willing and able to donate a liver, a transplant from a deceased donor is the only option. Learn more about deceased donor liver transplants.
Living Donor Liver Transplant
Living donor liver transplants have allowed a person to donate a part of his or her healthy liver. The donated part of the liver transplanted in the recipient grows to full size within days, weeks or months. Learn more about living donor liver transplants.
Domino Liver Transplant
In this scenario, a young patient with a metabolic disease – such as amyloidosis – receives a liver from a deceased donor. The young patient's liver is then harvested for donation to an older patient with liver cancer. Learn more about domino liver transplants.
Liver Transplants for Pediatric Patients
Jefferson has a partnership with the transplant program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, to provide live liver transplants for pediatric patients with damaged livers. The typical pediatric liver transplant requires about 20 percent of an adult liver; the donor is in most cases a natural parent. There is a seamless transition of duPont patients to Jefferson when they are evaluated to be more appropriately managed at an adult transplant center.
Schedule an Appointment
Making an appointment is now more convenient than ever. Click the link below to schedule an appointment online or call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to speak with a JEFF NOW representative.