There are over 13,000 people in the United States waiting for a liver on the national transplant waitlist. The liver transplant program at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida takes on a unique approach to address this need. With a multidisciplinary team approach, the program has been able to deliver significantly higher transplant rates than the national average transplant rate. Patients have a greater chance to receive a transplant, with an average wait time of roughly four months, which is much quicker than wait times at other centers. 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 surgeon C. 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, even going as far as the physical space. This allows for a total approach to patient care.
The team is at the forefront of applying new technology and innovations effectively to patients. They have been able to significantly lower the length of patient stay, with an average being six days. The program accepts patients with acute and chronic liver failure and encourages providers to refer early rather than late, giving them 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.