University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the leading liver transplant hospitals in Europe. It is one of just seven liver transplant centres in the United Kingdom and has done pioneering work on split liver transplants, which enable one liver to be split between two patients.
Professor John Buckels and Mr David Mayer performed Britain’s first ever split liver transplant in the 1990s, and Professor Paul McMaster established a reputation as one of the world’s leading liver surgeons before his retirement in 2003.
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The hospital’s liver surgery team has a number of active research programmes underway, including looking into some of the most advanced methods in the world.
Because the liver is such a complex organ, the team’s research is looking at areas as diverse as ethical issues around transplant, the value of different scanning technologies and the use of an artificial means of maintaining the liver’s condition in a deceased patient before transplant.