Our Program

Utah's first living liver donor program — Intermountain Liver Transplant at Intermountain Medical Center — began in 1986 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. We began as the 14th liver transplant center in America and the second center in the West. To date, we’ve performed over 1,000 liver transplants, including living-related, deceased donor, and split liver transplantation.

In 2016, Intermountain Healthcare successfully transplanted the United States' first Heptatitis-C positive liver with a view to cure the virus afterward.

Intermountain continues to use cutting-edge technology and expertise to increase organ availability.  There are multiple types of organ donors, many come from patients that have suffered brain death, others come from cardiac death (DCD).  By accepting all types of organs, Intermountain transplants more often resulting in shorter wait times than national averages with comparable outcomes.

More than 18,000 patients are listed for liver transplant throughout the nation. Intermountain Medical Center averages 50 liver transplants each year with a 93 percent survival rate for the first year. 
 

Become an Organ Donor

There are many opportunities for people who wish to donate organs or tissues. Living donations are best, when possible, because it means shorter waiting times both for the recipient and everyone else still on the waiting list, and produces better surgery outcomes.

About Us

In addition to treating liver failure, we specialize in treating all diseases of the liver and bile ducts. Areas of expertise include primary and metastatic tumors of the liver, bile duct problems, portal hypertension, liver cysts, and all types of hepatitis. Our affiliation with the Liver-Pancreas Center provides state-of-the-art care for these difficult problems. Our goal is to restore quality of life to patients with advanced liver disease. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What function does the liver have?

The liver is an organ on the right side of the abdomen. It filters toxins out of the blood and helps the body filter nutrients. When the liver stops functioning properly, serious health problems result.

Information for Living Liver Donors and Recipients

Our Transplant Process

Find information about our liver transplant process. We provide liver transplants both from living donors and deceased donors.