Thousands of Americans who suffer from liver disease die each year while waiting for a transplant. It has been the case that these patients must wait for an organ donor to die first. But surgeons at the University of Virginia are trying to make it safer for volunteers to donate half of their liver to those in need. Dr. Carl Berg (University of Virginia) is the director of hepatology and Dr. Tim Pruett (University of Virginia) is the director of the medical center’s transplant department.
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