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Ask the Experts - Liver Transplant: Standard and Living Donor
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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K.V. Narayanan Menon, MD.

  • Medical Director of Liver Transplantation
  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN

  • Clinical Nurse Manager, Liver Transplant Program
  • Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Liver transplantation is considered when the liver no longer functions adequately and the benefits of transplantation outweigh the risk of alternative modalities. There are many indications for liver transplant ranging from acute infections to long term conditions resulting in liver failure including chronic hepatitis, liver cancer, sclerosing cholangitis, alcoholism and many others.

A comprehensive evaluation is required to determine eligibility for transplant. Options for transplant include standard cadaveric transplant or living donor transplant, where a piece of a healthy liver from a living person is transplanted into the recipient. Living donor liver transplantation requires additional considerations and assessments, but also offers additional advantages such as avoiding prolonged waiting periods on the national donor list.

Cleveland Clinic has over 30 years of experience in liver transplantation. Our program performs approximately 150 liver transplants per year and offers options for both adult and pediatric liver patients. Our living donor liver transplant program is the only one in the state of Ohio performing both adult and pediatric living donor liver transplants.

Our multidisciplinary team unites experts in all areas of liver disease to participate in evaluation, management, treatment and follow up of liver transplant patients as our expert hepatologists work hand in hand with our surgery team to manage care. Cleveland Clinic’s liver transplant program is a member of the Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium (OSOTC) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), meeting all their requirements for liver transplant. Our program is approved by Medicare for liver transplant and also has OPTN/UNOS full approval for live liver donation.

About the Speakers:
Dr. K.V. Narayanan Menon is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Menon has completed subspecialty training in advanced endoscopy and hepatology. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Menon’s specialty interests include liver transplantation, liver and bile duct cancer, advanced endoscopy, and advanced liver disease.

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN is the Clinical Nurse Manager for the Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic. Donna is a current member of Liver Transplant QAPI and the Donor Advocacy Team. She is a member of NATCO and ITNS as well as an elected member of the UNOS Transplant Coordinators Committee (TCC) since 2015 and serves on workgroups within the TCC.

To make an appointment with Dr. Menon or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Mikati Center for Liver Diseases, please call 216.444.7000, toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 4700) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/liver for more information.

To discuss liver transplantation or living donor transplantation, call 216.444.1976, option 1 or visit clevelandclinic.org/livingdonation.

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