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Saint Luke's Liver & Transplant Specialists

Experts in treatment of all stages of liver disease and kidney & liver transplants

Saint Luke’s Liver & Transplant Specialists provides a full range of services for patients with liver disease, and those who require a liver or kidney transplant. Our physicians and surgeons are among the most experienced in the region.

Treating Liver Disease

Saint Luke’s Liver & Transplant Specialists provides a full range of care for acute and chronic liver conditions—from prevention to transplantation. 
Saint Luke’s comprehensive approach includes state-of-the-art imaging for screening and diagnosis; minimally invasive treatments; and full support through the evaluation, transplant, and post-transplant process. 
Our team of liver physicians and surgeons treat:

  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Fatty liver
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Pancreatic disorders that require surgical intervention, including Whipple surgery

Saint Luke’s has the fastest waitlist to transplant time of any liver transplant program in the region, and our one-year survival rate is the highest in the region.

Kidney Transplantation

Saint Luke’s is a leader in kidney transplantation—performing the first kidney transplant in the Kansas City area in 1969, and the first laparoscopy, living kidney donation surgery in the region. Saint Luke’s offers some of the nation’s shortest wait times for kidney transplants.
Our highly specialized and experienced kidney transplant experts are committed to supporting each patient throughout the evaluation and transplant process. 

Our Team

Liver disease and abdominal transplants are complex and require ongoing care. Saint Luke’s has created a multidisciplinary team of fellowship- and subspecialty-trained specialists including:

  • Hepatologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Living donor advocate
  • Living donor coordinators
  • Dietician
  • Pharmacists
  • Financial coordinators
  • Social workers

Appointment Information

New patients please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment so that the necessary paperwork can be completed and your copayment collected. Existing patients, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. If you must cancel your appointment for any reason, please give us at least 24 hours’ notice.

We handle prescription refills during normal office hours only. Please allow 24 – 48 hours for a refill request. 

Copays and outstanding balances need to be paid at the time of service.


Laura M Alba, MD

Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology

Ahmed Awad, DO


Jameson Forster, MD

Surgery (General), Transplant Surgery

John H Helzberg, MD


Kathryn W Shaw, MD

Transplant Surgery, Surgery (General)

Matthew B Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Surgery (General), Transplant Surgery

Stephany C Georgeson, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Paige A Grasso, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kathryn M Lee, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Rebecca Lea Miller, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Mary S O'Neill, RN, APRN

Nurse Practitioner


Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Transplant Clinic–Wichita

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Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Transplant Clinic–Wichita

1035 N. Emporia St Ste 185
Wichita, KS 67214 

Phone: 316-303-1045

Saint Luke's Liver & Transplant Specialists

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Saint Luke's Liver & Transplant Specialists

4320 Wornall Rd Ste 304
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Phone: 816-932-4655

Saint Luke’s Hospital Liver Biliary & Pancreatic Center

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Saint Luke’s Hospital Liver Biliary & Pancreatic Center

4320 Wornall Road Suite 240
Kansas City, MO 64111 

Phone: 816-932-4655

Saint Luke's News

May. 15, 2023
Missouri Liver Cancer Survivor Gets Life-Changing Transplant
Matt Dickhut jokes he’s never won the Powerball, despite decades of trying his hand. But he did win the lottery. Instead of a big check, his winnings came in the form of a new liver.
May. 15, 2023
New Study Finds Significant Increase in Alcoholic Liver Disease Hospitalizations Among Women During Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, alcoholic liver disease (ALD) hospitalizations increased significantly among women—especially those younger than 50.
Apr. 28, 2023
KCTV: Young Mother in Need of Match for Kidney Transplant
KCTV talked to Jackie Burasco and Dr. Matthew Wilkinson about the young mother's search for a kidney donor.