Liver Transplant Program
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The UCSF Liver Transplant Program is one of the nation's leading liver transplant centers for children and adults, and has been designated a Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We have transplanted livers into almost 4,000 recipients since 1988, including more than 350 children.

More living donor liver transplants are done at UCSF than at any other transplant center in the West. Our multidisciplinary team has expertise with young patients of all ages and sizes – from infants to young adults – and with all types of transplants, including living donor and split-liver transplants. More than half our pediatric transplants are in infants and children under 2 years of age.

Our care is comprehensive: We monitor both the liver and your child’s overall growth and development throughout their childhood and into early adulthood. Children who receive livers at UCSF have a survival rate of 94 percent after three years, and living donor liver recipients have a 100 percent survival rate. UCSF is a national leader in pioneering innovations after transplant, including minimizing immunosuppression.

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Our primary goal is to return patients to a normal life 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. Fortunately, living donors can now donate a segment of their liver, which grows to the appropriate size in the recipient. The donor's remaining liver then regenerates, eventually growing back to its original size. UCSF's team was one of 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

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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.

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

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Our Team

Nancy Ascher
Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD
Organ transplant surgeon
Jennifer Clare Burgis
Jennifer Clare Burgis, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Odinakachukwu Ehie
Odinakachukwu Ehie, MD
Pediatric anesthesiologist
Sandy Feng
Sandy Feng, MD, PhD
Organ transplant surgeon
Christopher E. Freise
Christopher E. Freise, MD, FACS
Organ transplant surgeon
James M. Gardner
James M. Gardner
Organ transplant surgeon
Ryutaro Hirose
Ryutaro Hirose, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Sang-Mo Kang
Sang-Mo Kang, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Irfan Kathiriya
Irfan Kathiriya, MD
Hung Gia Nguyen
Hung Gia Nguyen, MD
Emily R. Perito
Emily R. Perito, MD, MAS
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver and pancreas specialist
Andrew Posselt
Andrew Posselt, MD, PhD
Bariatric and transplant surgeon
Lynn Ramirez
Lynn Ramirez, MD
Pediatric infectious disease physician
Sue Rhee
Sue Rhee, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and liver specialist
John Roberts
John Roberts, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Garrett R. Roll
Garrett R. Roll, MD, FACS
Organ transplant surgeon
Philip Rosenthal
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Pediatric hepatologist
Sara Kathryn Smith
Sara Kathryn Smith, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist
Peter Stock
Peter Stock, MD
Organ transplant surgeon
Shareef Mohammed Syed
Shareef Mohammed Syed, MBChB
Organ transplant surgeon
Stephen Dwight Weston
Stephen Dwight Weston, MD
Dimitra Farmas
Dimitra Farmas
Social worker
Lisa Gallagher
Lisa Gallagher, NP
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Sonia Makol
Sonia Makol, LCSW, MSW
Social worker
Cressy Potter

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