Meet the Team

Program Overview:

  • Established in 2001.
  • Approved by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Have performed over 300 transplants to date; 35 liver and liver-kidney combined transplants were performed in 2012.
  • This program leads the nation in liver patient survival rates and is ranked in the top 10 percent in the United States.  Program received a 94.5 percent one-year survival rating for patients receiving their first liver transplant from January 2009 to June 2011 (source: This rating is above the national average among all liver transplant centers in the United States. click here to view statistics.
  • On a percentage basis, have transplanted more medically urgent patients than any other transplant program in Texas (based on patient MELD scores).
  • Only transplant center in Central and South Texas approved to offer a new innovative treatment therapy used to treat primary liver cancer patients when surgery, transplantation or tumor ablation is not a viable option.
  • Comprehensive liver tumor management by a hepatobiliary cancer team offering multiple modalities that include: state-of-the-art diagnostic liver tumor imaging capabilities, surgical team with experience in tumor resection, radioactive microsphere infusion therapy, minimally invasive chemo-emobolization, and liver transplantation.
  • Ongoing Liver Tumor Consortium, a weekly forum of dedicated specialists focused on the timely and efficient treatment of liver tumors. The multidisciplinary team includes transplant surgeons, general surgeons with special interest in solid organ tumors, interventional radiologists and oncologists; they convene to review and determine the best plan of care for patients with liver tumors.
  • Integrated hepatology/liver transplant program offering specialized care for complex Hepatitis B and C cases by board-certified transplant hepatologist.
  • Dedicated clinical research program providing patients access to the newest developments in transplant medications and management.
  • Facilities allow for prompt acceptance for patients with acute fulminant hepatic failure with quick listing for high priority transplantation.
  • Bilingual physicians, clinical and support staff.

Liver Disease and Transplant Program Clinical Team