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Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Details about the living liver donor program and potential risks.
Becoming a Living Liver Donor

Program Introduction

Living donor liver transplantation offers an alternative when time matters. Cleveland Clinic's Living liver donor program is the only one in Ohio performing both adult and pediatric living-donor liver transplants.

Cleveland Clinic Performs Laparoscopic Living Donor Surgery for Liver Transplants

Cleveland Clinic Performs Laparoscopic Living Donor Surgery for Liver Transplants

Clinic now offers laparoscopic living donor surgery for liver transplantation in adult recipients. We are one of few U.S. academic medical centers to offer this advanced procedure, resulting in smaller scars and faster recovery for donors.

Risks of Living Donor Donation

Risks of Living Donor Donation

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN, liver transplant clinical nurse, explains the possible risks involved from a living liver donor transplant.

Considerations Before Donating

Considerations Before Donating

Annette Humberson, LISW-S, transplant social worker at the Cleveland Clinic, talks about what to consider before becoming a living liver donor.

Liver Assessment

Liver Assessment

Cristiano Quintini, MD, liver transplant Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, explains the decision to become a living liver donor begins with an evaluation to make sure that your liver is normal and large enough.

Living Donor Procedure

Living Donor Procedure

Federico Aucejo, MD, and C.H. David Kwon, MD, liver transplant surgeons at Cleveland Clinic, discuss surgery options and what to expect as a living liver donor. 

Living Liver Donor Evaluation

Living Liver Donor Evaluation

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN, liver transplant clinical nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, explains the evaluation phases of becoming a living liver donor.

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Brooks with his uncle, Grant Mosher, celebrating their one year transplant anniversary.

Uncle’s Living Donor Liver Donation Saves Toddler’s Life

Feb 4, 2021

“He gave us the gift of life. I don't know how you ever thank anyone enough for that.”
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Karen Ciolek (left) donated a portion of her healthy liver to help her friend, Mindy Craft.

Unexpected Donor Steps Up to Save Her Friend’s Life

Dec 12, 2019

“The opportunity to change someone’s life for the better is the greatest gift … the best thing any of us can do.”

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Abraham Aviv with his daughter Shiri and her boyfriend, Nikko. (Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic)

Minimally Invasive Transplant Surgery is Transformative for Living Liver Donor’s Recovery

Oct 30, 2019

“He’s young, strong -- who would want to do this? But he insists. He says, ‘You need it. And I’m ready.’”
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