Transplant Services

A History of Surgical Excellence 

Established in 2004, the South Florida Transplant Center, located on the campus of Broward Health Medical Center, is dedicated to offering patients with end-stage liver disease, cancer and organ failure hope to live a longer, more active life.


For more information on the program, please call 954.831.2763 or email The transplant donor desk can be reached 24-hours a day, seven days a week at 954.831.2763. 

The South Florida Transplant Center is pleased to announce a monthly support group for pre- and post-liver transplant patients facilitated by the Transplant Center and Psychology Services at Broward Health Medical Center. For more information click here and to register for classes, please click here.

Our liver transplant program strives to provide excellent outcomes and dedicated service to patients suffering from end-stage liver disease. Transplantation involves surgically replacing the diseased organ with a healthy, new one, with the goal of restoring liver function. The procedure is considered for individuals with the following conditions:

  • Alcoholic cirrhosis
  • Cancerous tumors of the liver or bile duct
  • Drug-induced liver injury
  • Noncancerous tumors of the liver
  • Problems with the major blood vessels that supply the liver
  • Sudden liver failure
  • Viral hepatitis

In 2018, Florida Blue recognized the South Florida Transplant Center as a Blue Distinction® Center for Transplants for Adult Liver Transplant. The recognition is a part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, which recognizes nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and superior health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) demonstrates that our program’s outcomes are among the nation’s best. In fact, in 2017, SRTR recognized the program as one of the top 10 in the nation for liver transplants, and Broward Health Medical Center was the only Florida hospital included on the list.

This prestigious recognition demonstrates the liver transplant team’s continued commitment to excellence.

Our Approach

To help meet the needs of transplant patients and their families, the center takes a multidisciplinary approach to care by providing patients access to a team of healthcare professionals who are experienced in all medical and surgical aspects of transplantation.

Team of Specialists

South Florida Transplant Center’s experienced team is committed to using proven innovations to successfully treat people with liver failure and other complications of liver conditions.

A team of specialists works together to provide personalized care needed before, during and after transplant. This team includes:

  • Dietitian Hematologist
  • Surgeon
  • Transplant Coordinator
  • Transplant Patient and Support Person (family/friends)
  • Transplant Pharmacist Transplant Eligibility Specialist
  • Transplant Social Worker


Edson S. Franco, MD
Transplant Surgery Director, Abdominal Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery

John Rivas, MD
Medical Director Liver Transplant Services- Transplant Hepatology

Joshua J Shaw, MD
Abdominal Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery

Emmanouil Palaios, MD
Abdominal Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery

During and following transplant surgery, organ transplant patients require care from the medical team who works closely with consulting physicians throughout the transplant process. Additionally, weekly multidisciplinary rounds are held to maximize integration of different aspects of patient education and discharge planning.

Liver Cancer and Hepatobiliary Surgery

In addition to liver transplant services, the South Florida Transplant Center’s team of physicians is dedicated to the care of patients suffering from liver cancer. The team offers a multi-modal approach, which includes the use of radio frequency ablation, trans-arterial chemo-embolization, and laparoscopic liver resection. Complex hepatobiliary surgery cases, such as biliary reconstruction after bile duct injury and liver resections for benign and malignant disease, are also part of the surgical team’s expertise.

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