By combining the clinical and research resources of Saint Louis University and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, SLU Liver Center helps to diagnose, treat, cure and educate the public about liver diseases. Our staff includes some of the highest-profile doctors and research scientists in the country — many of whom have been named in the Best Doctors, Inc. database, a national, independent medical reference service. The Liver Center is led by co-directors Dr. Bruce Bacon and Dr. Adrian Di Bisceglie — internationally recognized experts in the field of hepatology.
As liver specialists in Saint Louis University's division of gastroenterology and hepatology, we see more than 1,200 patients per month with various types of liver diseases. We have one of the largest hepatitis C practices in the world, treating more than 2,000 patients annually.
Our physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating liver diseases that range from the evaluation of mild enzyme abnormalities due to fatty liver to the management of severe, complicated, end-stage liver disease in patients awaiting liver transplantation.
Percutaneous liver biopsy is usually essential for the evaluation of patients with any type of liver disease. Saint Louis University's extensive experience in outpatient liver biopsy allows for safe and cost-effective testing, and our close working relationships with expert hepatic pathologists ensures an accurate diagnosis.
The Liver Center's ongoing clinical research activities allow patients to be included in protocols evaluating various new therapies for the treatment of liver diseases. Many patients can receive the latest forms of therapy free of charge with the support of a pharmaceutical industry-sponsored study.
Through SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, the Saint Louis University Liver Center's transplant service is approved by UNOS, certified by Medicare and designated as a center of excellence by several major insurance providers. Recognizing that continuity of pre- and post-operative care is just as essential to successful outcomes as the actual surgery, our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing the full spectrum of care to liver transplant patients.
Saint Louis University hepatologists work closely with the liver transplant surgeons and the pre- and post-transplant coordinators to develop an individualized plan for each patient.
The goal of the Liver Center is to provide patients with efficient and cost-effective care from evaluation to post-transplant follow-up.
Saint Louis University Liver Center is committed to excellence in liver research, with physicians and scientists working side by side to acquire new knowledge of liver function, causes of liver diseases and applicable treatments.
Many different academic disciplines contribute to our research. Our team includes experts in:
Saint Louis University Liver Center takes research from the lab to patient treatment. As a leading liver research center, we are continually engaged in multi-center clinical trials and can offer our patients access to the latest advances in care. Studies take place in the Center for Biomedical and Health Care Research on the second floor of SLU's Salus Center.
Clinical trials may be offered at no charge through pharmaceutical companies or through the National Institutes of Health Clinical Studies Unit.
To learn about industry-sponsored clinical trials, please call the GI/Hepatology Clinical Studies Unit at 314-977-9400 to speak with a research coordinator.
For information on government-sponsored clinical trials, please call the NIH Clinical Studies Unit at 314-977-9340.
Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center is an organization that raises money to support public education about liver disease, as well as for liver disease research and treatment. Many members have a very personal interest in The Liver Center since they or a close friend or relative have a liver disease.
The immediate goal of the Friends is to raise funds to support ongoing research programs in liver disease, including hepatitis C, and to hire new investigators and researchers. A longer-term goal is to raise funds to establish two or more endowed chairs in liver research at Saint Louis University. The group's ultimate goal is to establish a named, endowed liver research facility consolidating all of the Center's activities into a single location.
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