The Liver Transplant Health Care Team at TGH’s Transplant Center

Nurses talk about filesLiver Transplant CenterThe liver transplant health care team at Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Center is completely dedicated to you and meeting your needs before, during, and after your transplant surgery.
 
During the liver transplant process, every patient at our transplant center works with a range of medical professionals and support staff, including a:
  • Coordinator, who will become your primary contact and guide you throughout the transplant process. This registered nurse will also be available to answer any questions you have along the way.
  • Surgeon, who will perform your surgery, and meet with you before and after your transplant.
  • Hepatologist, who specializes in liver diseases and will meet with you while you are on the waiting list and six months after your transplant.
  • Social worker, who will assess your family support and other needs before your surgery.
  • Financial counselor, who will evaluate your insurance coverage and your out-of-pocket expenses (or co-payments) for procedures and medications. This person is a vital component of your team because if Tampa General cannot negotiate a contract with your insurance company, we will be unable to consider you for a transplant, and you will need to continue treatment with your referring physician.
  • liver referral form buttonDietitian, who will assess your nutrition and provide information about any special pre- and post-transplant diet restrictions.
  • Pharmacist, who will evaluate your medications and inform you about their side effects.
  • Psychologist, who will assess any emotional or psychological concerns and, if applicable, guide you through cessation programs for drugs and alcohol, as abstinence will be required throughout the transplant process. In fact, you may need to submit to random alcohol and drug screenings; a positive screen or failure to show up at the lab within three hours will terminate your evaluation and/or prompt removal from the waiting list.
Each member of the Tampa General liver transplant health care team is essential and will provide you with the support you need throughout the transplant process, but you’ll also need a team at home to assist in your care. You must designate a support person to help coordinate your care before and after transplant. This person will provide transportation to clinic visits (up to three times per week) and assist with your medication regimen. You will also need to have an adult with you at all times for at least a month following the transplant.
 
For more information about the liver transplant health care team at our transplant center, contact the Tampa General Hospital transplant office at 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.