Hepatology focuses on the liver, the largest organ inside the body. The liver has many important jobs, including changing food into energy, making bile to help with the digestion of food, and getting rid of toxins from the body. At the University of Michigan Hepatology Program, we diagnose and manage the entire range of liver disease. Our mission is to provide innovative, comprehensive, and compassionate care to patients affected by liver diseases, including liver failure, hepatitis, cirrhosis and fatty liver disease.
Medical Services related to Liver Biopsy
At the Cirrhosis Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, our multidisciplinary team provides chronic disease management support for people with cirrhosis, including structured education on disease self-management, and enrollment in a specialty software program that tracks health maintenance, such as screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).
The Wilson Disease Clinic, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, is a Wilson Disease Center of Excellence, as designated by the Wilson Disease Association. We earned this designation because of our commitment to diagnosing, optimizing care, and following up with patients affected by Wilson Disease, and communicating advances through a team of specialized Wilson disease providers.
At the Viral Hepatitis Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, we provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options, ready access to new therapies for hepatitis B and C through clinical trials, plus physician assistants and nurse practitioners dedicated to assisting patients receiving standard care with access to medications, monitoring of response, and management of side effects.
The University of Michigan Transplant Center is the largest and most experienced transplant center in Michigan, and among the largest in the nation, with 80-100 liver transplants performed each year, We offer services that are not widely available, including liver transplant for cancer of the bile duct and splitting a donor liver, using the smaller portion to transplant a child and the larger portion to transplant an adult.