Liver Transplant Program

The UCSF Liver Transplant Program is one of the nation's leading liver transplant centers for both children and adults. Designated a "Center of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, our team has transplanted livers into more than 2,300 recipients, including nearly 300 children.

Children who receive livers at UCSF have a survival rate of more than 95 percent after one year and 90 percent after five years, well above the national average. Our program also has one of the lowest re-transplantation rates in the country. After liver transplant, most children return to a normal quality of life and catch up or accelerate in growth. We have a number of former patients who have given birth to their own healthy children.

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Our primary goal is to return patients to a "normal" lifestyle as soon as possible. To accomplish this, we have a comprehensive approach to patient care. The program's internationally recognized surgical team is supported by specialists in gastroenterology, infectious disease, anesthesiology, liver disease and pharmacology as well as by nurse coordinators, social workers, mental health professionals, a nutritionist and financial counselors.

For many years, one of the challenges to doing liver transplants in children was the difficulty of finding small livers from deceased donors. However, a new procedure allows living donors to donate a segment of their liver, which grows to the appropriate size in the child. The donor's remaining liver will regenerate, eventually growing back to its original size. UCSF's team was among the first in the world to perform this surgery.

Our liver transplant research has included testing new anti-rejection drugs, contributing to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Liver Transplant Database and establishing procedures for treating Hepatitis B and liver cancer patients with transplants.

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Your child will need a referral from a liver specialist or other doctor to be evaluated for a liver transplant. Once the referral is made, we will call you to schedule the evaluation.

Getting Here

Liver Transplant Program
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-5892
Fax: (415) 476-1343

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional Locations
Santa Rosa

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

More Information

Download a Mission Bay campus map

Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

More Information

(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
SFMTA website

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

More Information

Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

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Clinics & Centers

Condition Information

Our Team

Nancy Ascher
Nancy Ascher, PhD, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Sandy Feng
Sandy Feng, PhD, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Chris Freise
Chris Freise, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Ruth Goldstein
Ruth Goldstein, MD
Ryutaro Hirose
Ryutaro Hirose, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Sang-Mo Kang
Sang-Mo Kang, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Emily Perito
Emily Perito, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver specialist
Andrew Posselt
Andrew Posselt, PhD, MD
Bariatric and transplant surgeon
David Quan
David Quan
Sue Rhee
Sue Rhee, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver specialist
John Roberts
John Roberts, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Philip Rosenthal
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Pediatric hepatologist
Peter Stock
Peter Stock, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Lisa Keung
Lisa Keung
Sonia Milbank

Patient Experiences