Liver Transplant Care

Our expert team delivers comprehensive medical and surgical care for liver transplantation.

Liver Transplant Care

Our expert team delivers comprehensive medical and surgical care for liver transplantation.

Advanced Care for Liver Disease and Transplant Surgery

If you have end-stage liver disease, you may be a candidate for a liver transplant. Our USC Liver Transplant and Comprehensive Liver Disease Care Center provides expert, innovative care for all types of liver disease and conditions. We bring together a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and physician assistants, as well as support staff, who will be by your side at each step of your transplant journey. We tailor our diagnostic and treatment therapies to help you manage your unique liver disease symptoms.

Our specialists have extensive experience treating all types of liver disease, including fatty liver disease, liver cancer, alcohol-related liver disease, auto-immune hepatitis, viral hepatitis and metabolic liver disease. We are innovators in the field of liver transplant care, giving you access to the most advanced treatment options available, such as:

We are part of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the agency that coordinates the nation’s organ transplant system. We also give you access to our Donate Well program, which helps you manage your health before transplant surgery. No matter how challenging your condition may be, our liver transplant team will help you get the care you need.

What Is a Living-donor Liver Transplant?

Conditions We Treat

  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Auto-immune hepatitis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Genetic liver disease
  • Liver cancer
  • Metabolic liver disease
  • Viral hepatitis

 Treatments We Offer

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during my evaluation?

Our team will provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine your eligibility for liver transplant services. If you are eligible, you will be placed on an organ transplant list.

How will I obtain a liver transplant?

If you are eligible for liver transplant services at Keck Medicine, you will be placed on a transplant list, pending the availability of an organ. Once an organ becomes available, we will schedule your surgery.

What types of providers will manage my liver transplant surgery and treatment?

We offer a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to care, and bring together specialists in adult and pediatric liver transplant surgery and hepatology, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Our liver transplant and liver disease doctors also work in close collaboration with specialists in oncology, nephrology, cardiology, infectious diseases and pulmonology.

We are inclusive in our approach and work closely with you, your family and caregivers to create a personalized treatment plan. Our transplant team will manage your care before and after surgery and follow your transplant journey for life.

What type of support services does Keck Medicine offer?

We offer transplant coordinators who are assigned to manage your care throughout your liver transplant journey. Our transplant coordinators will also connect to a wide network of support services and providers, including nutritionists, pharmacists, physical therapists, mental health specialists, social workers and financial coordinators.

A Trusted Team for Liver Transplant Surgery

Our team includes specialists in adult and pediatric transplant surgery, hepatology, cardiology, gastrointestinal disease, infectious diseases, nephrology, oncology and pulmonology.

Our transplant coordinators connect you to an extended support team of dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, mental health providers, social workers and financial coordinators.

We performed the world’s first adult-to-adult living-donor liver transplant without a blood transfusion and are one of the few centers in the United States providing this service.

We performed the first live donor liver transplant between adults in Southern California.

We are designated as a Center of Distinction by Blue Cross Blue Shield for our medical excellence in liver transplant care.

Our Team

Aaron J. Ahearn, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

John Arthur Donovan, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Liver Transplant Surgery

Juliet Emamaullee, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery  View more

Kambiz Etesami, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery  View more

Yuri Genyk, MD

Accepting new patients
Co-Director, USC Transplant Institure
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Hyosun (helen) Han, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology

Jeffrey A. Kahn, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Liver Transplant Surgery

Ani Amirian Kardashian, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology

Navpreet Kaur, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Saro Khemichian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology

Jim Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Brian Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology

Michael Lin, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Liver Transplant Surgery, Gastroenterology
Specialties
Transplant Hepatology

Linda S. Sher, MD

Accepting new patients
Division Chief for Clinical Research
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery  View more

Hamid Shidban, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery

Liyun Yuan, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology  View more

Kali Zhou, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology

Shannon M. Zielsdorf, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery  View more

Aaron J. Ahearn, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

John Arthur Donovan, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Liver Transplant Surgery

Juliet Emamaullee, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery  View more

Kambiz Etesami, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery  View more

Yuri Genyk, MD

Accepting new patients
Co-Director, USC Transplant Institure
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Jeffrey A. Kahn, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Liver Transplant Surgery

Navpreet Kaur, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Jim Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Pancreas Transplant Surgery  View more

Michael Lin, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Liver Transplant Surgery, Gastroenterology

Linda S. Sher, MD

Accepting new patients
Division Chief for Clinical Research
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery  View more

Hamid Shidban, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery, Liver Transplant Surgery

Shannon M. Zielsdorf, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Kidney Transplant Surgery  View more

Hyosun (helen) Han, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology

Ani Amirian Kardashian, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology

Saro Khemichian, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology

Brian Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology

Liyun Yuan, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology  View more

Kali Zhou, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Specialties
Hepatology, Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology
Specialties
Transplant Hepatology

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