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Becoming a Patient in TGH’s Liver Transplant Program

male physician talking with a female patientTampa General Hospital’s Liver Transplant Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for adult liver transplant patients. Our dedicated staff is here to guide you and your family through the transplant process.

To become a patient in our transplant program, you’ll need to be referred by your primary physician or gastroenterologist via our transplant referral form. Your referral must be accompanied by a medical history and physical reports, progress notes, lab reports, and procedure reports, all from the last six to 12 months, as well as your demographics and insurance information. These records will help us determine if you meet the liver transplant qualifications and if transplant is an appropriate treatment for your illness at that specific point in time.

Once we’ve determined that you may be a candidate for liver transplant within our program, we’ll coordinate with you and your referring physician to schedule a date for your evaluation. In some cases, we can arrange for an inpatient evaluation, but if your condition is stable, you’ll need to visit our Transplant & Specialty Services location at 409 Bayshore Blvd. for this assessment. From there, our team will:

  • Coordinate communications with you, your physician, our liver transplant program health care team, and any other departments at Tampa General that might be involved in your transplant
  • Reach out to your insurance company to help secure coverage for your evaluation and treatment
  • Mail you a new patient packet, which includes a medical history, a map and directions to our liver transplant center, a transplant candidate registration request form, a consent form, and a list of hotels in the Tampa Bay area, along with other essential new patient information
liver referral form buttonBecause the referral, evaluation, and organ matching process can take some time, we often suggest that patients be referred to our liver transplant program early in the progression of their disease. When we evaluate patients, we determine whether they should be added to the transplant waiting list at the time of application, or if they need to be monitored and reconsidered at a later date. In the case of an emergency or a hospital-to-hospital referral, your physician may contact our transfer center directly by calling (813) 844-7979, and, if there are no contraindications, you may be transferred to Tampa General for more immediate consideration for a transplant.

Should you have any questions about becoming a patient in our transplant program, you can call 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 for the liver transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. Complete the transplant referral form here.