Your Liver Transplant Team
Our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals at BIDMC will help you learn about your disease, the tests you will have, the preparations you need to make before surgery, the transplant operation, the recovery period, your medications, returning home, and much more. Your transplant team is your primary source of information and is always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
A Trusted Partnership
Your primary team includes a hepatologist (a physician who specializes in liver function and liver disease), a transplant surgeon, a nurse coordinator, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, a practice assistant, a social worker and a psychologist. Other team members include a nutritionist, pharmacist, financial coordinator and infectious disease specialist.
Your transplant hepatologist has special training in caring for patients with end-stage liver disease. Together your hepatologist and transplant surgeon, along with the rest of the transplant team, help:
- Select liver transplant recipients and donors
- Provide important pre- and postoperative care for recipients
- Manage anti-rejection drugs and their complications and side effects
Your transplant hepatologist and surgeon will want to see you more regularly to carefully monitor your transplant care. They will also work closely with your other medical providers in the community.
In addition to performing the liver transplant operation, transplant surgeons also do:
- Non-transplant hepatobiliary surgery (related to the liver and biliary tract)
- General surgery in transplant patients
- Dialysis access surgery for kidney transplant candidates
- Kidney and pancreas transplants
- Living donor nephrectomies
Your nurse coordinator, physician assistant and practice assistant have special expertise in transplantation. You will see them regularly during your clinic visits. They coordinate and manage all aspects of your care along with your physician and surgeon:
- Arrange and organize the pre-transplant evaluation process, with all necessary testing and follow-up referrals
- Monitor the status of patients on the organ transplant waiting list
- Provide patient and family education
Nurse coordinators, in partnership with the inpatient nurses on Farr 10, help with discharge planning and offer close personal support for you and your family.
Behavioral Health Specialists
Your social worker and psychologist - behavioral health professionals who specialize in transplantation - are also very important members of your team. They help you:
- Understand the physical, emotional and financial impact of your disease, and the impact on your family, including children, and friends
- Develop strategies to handle any special challenges associated with your transplant surgery and care
- Plan for your financial needs
- Connect with organizations, support groups and other community resources for more information about your condition and care
Together with nurse coordinators, your behavioral health team will help you meet other patients and families at BIDMC who have received a liver transplant, and who are eager to share their experience and support.
The Liver Center at BIDMC
Part of your team care may also include the Liver Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Transplant Institute works very closely with BIDMC's acclaimed Liver Center and Liver Tumor Center, which offer advanced, multidisciplinary care - including novel therapies and treatment protocols - to adults with all aspects of liver disease.