The Destination Center for Complex Surgery

Superior surgical care

One liver – two lives

What if you could save two lives with one liver?

Surgeons at The University of Kansas Hospital achieved that in December 2012, when they performed the area’s first split-liver transplant.

Deborah Ellerbusch, 39, a child psychiatrist from Newton, Kansas, was one of the recipients. View the video on Ellerbusch, the 1001st liver transplant at the hospital’s Center for Transplantation.

Here, the rarest cases aren’t rare. Our specialized surgical care teams use advanced techniques to provide superior outcomes for patients with even the most complex cases. People from across the country and the region turn to us to meet their surgical needs. 

Among the best for advanced surgical care

As the region’s premier academic medical center, our dedicated surgeons and staff will ensure you experience the highest quality care possible. Supported by state-of-the-art physical facilities, specialty-trained and experienced surgeons provide patients the latest in advanced surgical options to treat their conditions. This includes a wide range of minimally invasive procedures. 

From a common gall bladder removal to a complex organ transplant, our surgeons perform these procedures time and again. This experience is evident in our success rates, which exceed the national average. 
  • Nationally recognized for quality
  • Multidisciplinary care team
  • Innovative surgical options
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Center for Transplantation

As the region’s largest solid organ transplant program, we care for patients from around the country. Expert teams work closely with patients to provide the region’s shortest waiting list times and excellent patient outcomes. Learn more.

Surgical services at The University of Kansas Hospital

Learn about the advanced surgical care provided at The University of Kansas Hospital.