The liver is a highly critical organ which performs many important functions in the human body. The liver filters blood coming from the digestive tract, metabolizes drugs, produces bile, and stores and converts sugars to help regulate body glucose. The liver is also highly resilient; however genetics, viruses, cancer and lifestyle stressors can push the body's largest gland into dysfunction and disease.
The CADC's experts in liver disease work in partnership with the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation (CLDT), a comprehensive, multi-campus center built on the collaboration of Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medicine, and NewYork-Presbyterian. The CLDT offers adults and children with liver disease patient-centered care across numerous specialties. Close-knit collaboration is the cornerstone of care at the CADC and CLDT, with specialists ranging from hepatologists, gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, advanced care nursing teams and social workers.
Conditions We Treat
- Liver cancer, as well as cancers that have spread to the liver from elsewhere in the body
- Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Fatty liver disease
- Disorders of the bile duct
- Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
- Portal hypertension
- Obstructive jaundice
- Autoimmune hepatitis
The CLDT is also one of the highest-volume liver transplant centers in the United States, and is well-equipped to perform liver transplantation when deemed appropriate and necessary. Doctors independently evaluate recipient and donor candidates to properly assess risk and with the goal of achieving successful outcomes.
Advancing Therapies for Liver Disease
A wide array of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options is available at the CADC and the CLDT, including cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedures. This gives our doctors the ability to choose the best strategy when treating disease, unrestrained by limited tools or techniques.
Research by physicians and scientists at the CADC and the CLDT continues to improve our scope of therapies. Numerous developments in treatment of liver disease were pioneered at NewYork-Presbyterian and its affiliate academic centers, including recent curative drugs for hepatitis C and development of the fully laparoscopic donor hepatectomy procedure. Patients of the CLDT and the CADC have many opportunities to participate in government- and industry-funded research studies. With comparative effectiveness research as a major pillar of the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, our physicians are at the forefront in scientific advancement, clinical innovation, and outcomes analysis of the treatment of liver diseases.
A Leader in Liver Transplantation
With the highest transplant rates of all hospitals in New York, the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation leads in clinical expertise and innovation.
- Fewer patients die while waiting for a transplant at the CLDT than the national average - 14% at the CLDT versus 23% nationally.
- The CLDT is the only program in the United States to offer fully laparoscopic donor hepatectomy, a procedure with smaller incisions, quicker recovery time, and more successful outcomes from donors.
- Among all New York City hospitals, the CLDT retains the highest rate of transplant from its waiting list compared to other centers - in some cases, a ten times higher likelihood of receiving a liver exists at the CLDT.
The CLDT also maintains one of the largest living donor programs in the nation, contributing to the center's higher rate of transplantation versus other centers. Learn more about our liver transplant program, and find out how you can become a living donor.
Patient-Centered Liver Disease Care
Patients receive highly-personalized care at the CADC and the CLDT, with dual priorities of quality of life and patient involvement in decision making. The CADC strives to provide the least-invasive treatments possible, but retains the expertise in a whole spectrum of therapeutic options.
The CADC also offers numerous services and consultations, including genetic counseling, nutritional counseling, and the support of a social worker. Patient support groups are also offered for patients with specific diseases, such as those with hepatitis C and those awaiting liver transplantation. Many of these services are provided at no cost to the patient.