Liver Transplant Clinic

The multidisciplinary Liver Transplant Clinic, directed by Dr. Robert Fontana, provides medical evaluation and consultation for adults with acute or chronic liver failure to help determine the etiology, stage, and optimal treatment plan. Newly referred patients should have all medical records, x-rays, and pathology reports sent to the transplant coordinator prior to the appointment. During the visit, new patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team including a hepatologist, transplant surgeon, transplant social worker, and care coordinator. Patients with advanced liver disease or cirrhosis with the following features are suitable referrals for this clinic:

  • Bleeding from varices or the gastrointestinal tract
  • Ascites (fluid retention in the abdomen)
  • Hepatic encephalopathy (mental confusion)
  • Early stage primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • Liver failure (such as a CTP score greater than or equal to 7 or a MELD score greater than or equal to 10) from any cause
  • Glycogen storage disease and other metabolic liver diseases
  • Polycystic liver disease

In addition to new patient referrals, patients on the liver transplant waiting list and liver transplant recipients are also seen in the subspecialty clinics for ongoing care. Participation in research protocols involving newer immunosuppressant regimens, antiviral drugs, and renal outcomes in liver transplant candidates and recipients is available.

Location and contact numbers:

Liver Transplant Clinic
Taubman Health Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Map and Directions

Local phone: 734-936-7491, option 2

Toll Free: 1-800-333-9013, option 2

Fax: 734-998-2384

TTY: 1-800-649-3777

For more information

Go to Adult Liver Transplant on the U-M Transplant Center website.