Liver transplantation around the world.
James F. Trotter M.D.
Trotter, J. F. and A. Cardenas (2016). “Liver transplantation around the world.” Liver Transpl 22(8): 1059-1061.
In the recent issues of Liver Transplantation, we have asked transplant doctors and colleagues from around the world to share insights about the state of liver transplantation in their countries. The purpose of these articles is to provide a perspective for each of us to learn how our colleagues organize and provide transplant services based on the challenges and opportunities in their different settings. By learning from the experience of these different countries, we hope that individual physicians might improve their own programs or appreciate the benefits that they might enjoy. To a great extent, the practice of liver transplantation within each country is a reflection of its own unique culture. Western countries are more organized, regulated, and have reached a plateau of transplant volume, whereas emerging countries are less systematic and growing rapidly in both their capabilities and volumes. We hope that these reviews will help provide a better appreciation for the practice of liver transplant within each of our countries by reviewing the experiences reported by Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In future issues, authors from more countries around the globe will be invited to also share their experiences.