About 13,000 people in the United States are waiting for a liver on the national transplant waitlist. The Liver Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, uses a unique multidisciplinary team approach to address this need. With this approach, the program delivers a significantly higher transplant rate than the national average transplant rate.
In addition, patients have a greater chance to receive a transplant more quickly at Mayo Clinic than at other centers. The program's average wait time is about four months. The program has performed over 3,200 liver transplants with high-quality patient outcomes.
The team is composed of experts who aim to provide optimal care for patients undergoing a liver transplant. Transplant surgeonC. Burcin Taner, M.D., and transplant hepatologist Andrew P. Keaveny, M.D., at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, emphasize how important it is that all their physicians be in the same department and the same physical space. This proximity allows for a total approach to patient care.
The transplant team is at the forefront of applying new technology and medications effectively to patients. As a result, the length of patient stay is significantly lower than that of many other centers, with an average of six days. The program accepts patients with acute and chronic liver failure and encourages providers to refer early rather than late. This gives the team enough opportunity to evaluate patients and treat their liver failure.
With a multidisciplinary team approach, the Liver Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic has been able to deliver exceptional patient outcomes.