The Division of Abdominal Transplantation, under the direction of John A. Goss, M.D., the 22 faculty members and the staff of the Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Center support adult and pediatric transplant programs across the Texas Medical Center. Our surgeons and staff provide transplantation services at Baylor St. Luke’s Abdominal Transplant & Liver Disease Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), which in the past year added kidney transplant to its existing liver transplant program and became one of only five VA centers to perform kidney transplantations for veterans.
The Liver Transplant Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine is an advanced surgical fellowship designed to train competent liver transplant surgeons during a two-year fellowship.
Our liver transplant program is one of the busiest in the nation. Since 1998, our surgeons have performed over 1,500 liver transplants, with outstanding results. In 2014, we celebrated the 500th liver transplant performed at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. In the past year, over 100 liver transplants were performed by division surgeons, achieving one of the highest survival rates in the country. Pediatric cases counted for almost one-third of these transplants, making this program at Texas Children’s Hospital one of the largest in the United States.
Reflective of this astounding track record, this past year Dr. Goss was awarded the Baylor College of Medicine Master Clinician Lifetime Award in recognition of his 17 years of exemplary and consistent clinical service, commendable leadership skills, and continuous service to the community. Speaking of this recognition, Dr. Goss commented, “It’s a very nice feeling to know that we’ve led the way within the Texas Medical Center when it comes to liver transplantation, and helped so many patients.”
The division’s commitment to research, in part funded through National Institutes of Health grants and conducted at the Advanced Liver Therapies Research Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, gives patients access to the latest clinical trials, including those testing therapies for chronic viral hepatitis B and C infections and treatments for thrombocytopenia in liver disease.