World-class liver specialists in your neighborhood.
Asian Liver Health Initiative
Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine doctors, in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian’s Asian Liver Health Initiative, are now seeing patients at convenient locations for the Asian population.
NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation (CLDT) is a comprehensive, multi-campus center working with Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine physicians. The center provides adults and children with liver disease patient-centered care across numerous specialties. Our Asian Liver Health Initiative offers services and promotes liver health to the Asian and Asian American community. Our staff speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and English.
Conditions We Treat
- Decompensated cirrhosis requiring liver transplant
- Advanced liver disease
- Liver cancer
- Portal hypertension
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Fatty liver
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Alcohol related liver disease
A Leader in Liver Transplantation
With our experience in treating a high number of patients, expertise in complex cases and leadership in research and innovation, you can expect a dedicated team to provide the specialized care you need at every step. NewYork-Presbyterian’s liver transplant program has the highest transplant rate in the region. Patients treated by NewYork-Presbyterian CLDT physicians are more likely to receive a liver transplant than at any other center in the region.
Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine doctors see patients in convenient offices located in Downtown Flushing.
Weill Cornell Medicine doctors offer patients a convenient location in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Columbia and Weill Cornell Medicine doctors are now seeing patients in their Sunset Park office in Brooklyn.
Liver Disease FAQ
Common causes of liver disease include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, fatty liver, and heavy alcohol use. Autoimmune hepatitis, a condition in which the immune system turns against the liver is also a common cause of liver disease. These liver diseases can cause continued inflammation in the liver if not treated.
Oftentimes people do not experience symptoms of early liver disease. In late stages of disease, people may notice jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, swelling of the abdomen and legs, confusion, and bleeding from the veins in the esophagus or stomach.
Fibrosis in the liver is scar tissue that has formed as a result of longstanding inflammation due to different causes of liver disease (see question 1). There are 4 stages of fibrosis; ranging from stage 1 (mild/minimal) to stage 4 (severe). Stage 4 fibrosis is cirrhosis.
There are different ways to prevent liver disease and to keep your liver healthy.
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are diagnosed with blood tests. If you have not been tested, ask your doctor if you should be.
- There is a vaccine available for hepatitis B. If you are not immunized against hepatitis B or do not know your immunization status, ask your doctor for more information.
- If you have hepatitis C, there is treatment available to cure this virus. Ask your doctor about treatment options.
- Avoid excessive alcohol use, which is binge drinking and heavy drinking. Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women. Heavy drinking is defined by consuming than 15 drinks a week for men and more than 8 drinks a week for women.
- Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of developing fatty liver. If you have any of these conditions, discuss treatment options with your doctor.