The largest solid organ in the body, the liver resides on the right side of the abdomen under the rib cage. It plays an important role in the digestive system. The liver serves many functions from clearing the blood of toxins to processing the essential nutrients of the foods we eat. An unhealthy liver compromised by disease, lifestyle and other factors, demands accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and superior care to avoid irreversible damage and organ failure.
The Liver Disease/Hepatology Program at NorthShore delivers leading-edge comprehensive care for all different types of liver diseases both acute and chronic. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained hepatologists (liver disease specialists) have extensive experience caring for patients using the most innovative technologies, procedures and therapies available. In fact, in 2014 NorthShore became the first and only medical center outside of Chicago to offer FibroScan® ‒ an innovative non-invasive diagnostic device used to assess liver damage for patients with chronic liver disease. Quick, easy and painless, FibroScan® is a non-surgical alternative to traditional liver biopsy for measuring the extent of scarring, or fibrosis. If left unchecked, this damage could progress to cirrhosis, the most advanced stage of liver disease.
At NorthShore, we treat all types of liver disease and common conditions that can seriously harm the liver, including chronic hepatitis B and C infections, caused by blood-borne viruses and fatty liver disease, a condition often diagnosed in patients with metabolic syndrome (which includes excess weight, pre-diabetes or diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, elevated blood lipids and polycystic ovarian syndrome). We also have expertise caring for patients with less common conditions, including autoimmune hepatitis, and genetic disorders such as hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease.
For patients with liver tumors/hepatocellular carcinoma, we take a team approach to develop a personalized treatment that takes into account the specific features of the tumor as well as the status of the surrounding liver. Our liver cancer program is located at the Kellogg Cancer Center. Your multidisciplinary team includes hepatologists, medical oncologists, liver surgeons, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, pharmacists and advanced therapeutic endoscopists. These specialists meet regularly to discuss each patient’s management in detail. They hold a weekly multidisciplinary liver cancer clinic at the Kellogg Cancer Center.
Our liver specialists see patients from the earliest to the most advanced stages of their disease, including patients with liver failure and those who require a liver transplant. We have extensive experience managing the care of pre-transplant patients and work closely with all liver transplant centers in the Chicago area, including the Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Chicago, our preferred transplant referral center.
NorthShore Skokie Hospital serves as the primary site for our FibroScan® exams as well as our Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Program Center. You may also see our liver disease specialists at our other hospital locations in Evanston, Glenview and Highland Park.
For More Information
For more information on types of liver disease and on hepatology at NorthShore or to schedule an appointment with one of our hepatologists, please call 847.657.1900.