Transplant Center Menu

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.

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 donation.


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

Christiano 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 Liver Donor Procedure

Federico Aucejo, MD, liver transplant surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, discusses what to expect as a living liver donor.

Evaluation of potential living donors.

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.

Learn More About Our Program

Learn More About Our Program

What you need to know about Living Donor Liver Transplantation.

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Alt text

Four-Year-Old Boy Meets Lifesaving Liver Donor from Halfway Around the World

Dec 7, 2017

“When I saw (Becky), I just wanted to go hug her. How can I thank her for this precious gift? Because of her generosity, she saved my son’s life.”
Read Story
Alt text

An Extraordinary Gift From A Sister-In-Law

Aug 1, 2016

"It's a humbling experience when you start looking for a live donor and people actually start to volunteer, because it is a dangerous procedure for them."
Read Story
Alt text

A Gift Of Love

Dec 22, 2015

“As luck would have it, our regular pediatrician wasn’t available, so we booked a same-day appointment with Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Karen Vargo in Broadview Heights. Dr. Vargo was so kind, and asked so many questions. She was very perceptive and, when she didn’t like what she was hearing and seeing, she told me she was going to call a specialist.”
Read Story