Living Donor Liver Program

Living donor liver transplant is a transplant using part of a living person’s liver. There are not enough deceased donor livers available on the national waiting list for the people who need them. One option for people today is a transplant that uses part of a liver from someone who is still alive.

The option of living liver donation reduces the risk of health deterioration and death for patients who need a liver transplant. At the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, we strongly encourage patients and their families to consider the opportunity of living donor liver transplantation. It is an important option to help meet this organ shortage.

What are the Advantages of Living Donor Transplantation?

  • Provides the patient needing a transplant with a high-quality liver
  • Shorter wait time for patients with low MELD scores – Transplant is completed before the patient’s health deteriorates
  • Reduces the risk of the patient’s death while waiting on the deceased donor list
  • Provides a unique opportunity to restore health to a close friend or family member

Who Can Be a Living Donor?

  • Spouses, relatives, friends or individuals unrelated to the patient needing a transplant
  • Healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 years old
  • Donors must have a compatible blood type with the patient needing a transplant

Living Donor Process

Candidates for liver donation must be in excellent physical and emotional health. The donor must have normal or near normal liver function. Donors must undergo a complete evaluation to determine if they can be a liver donor.


Ochsner is the ONLY living liver program in Louisiana.

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