Experts at Saint Luke’s Hospital performed the first liver transplant in Kansas City in 1980, becoming just the third hospital in the U.S. to perform the procedure. Our surgical team includes some of the most experienced physicians in the area. 

Patient-focused care

At Saint Luke’s, we rely on collaboration across specialists in many disciplines to find the best treatment for you. You will have a hepatologist dedicated to helping you manage your liver disease from diagnosis to transplant.

We treat complex conditions such as:

The Saint Luke's difference

Patients and referring providers choose Saint Luke’s highly specialized and experienced liver transplant team because we provide:

  • Simplified referral process
  • Some of the shortest wait times in the country
  • Prompt scheduling of initial evaluations
  • Support throughout the evaluation process
  • Helpful education sessions and materials
  • Close to home care

Contact Us

By phone: 816-932-4655

Online: Complete contact form


Laura M Alba, MD

Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology

John H Helzberg, MD



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