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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) for a special series called "Your Health," featuring UMMS specialists who will share their medical expertise with viewers all across the state of Maryland.

UMMS guests will appear every other week in a special "Your Health" segment on MPT's program "Direct Connection," airing live Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The show takes calls from viewers, so you have the opportunity to speak directly to our experts and get your questions answered.

Miss the show? You can catch the segments right here on this site. You can also see a list of upcoming guests and topics. We hope you'll tune in for "Your Health" with UMMS and MPT.

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"Living Donor Liver Transplantation"

Monday, April 24
7:30pm on MPT's Direct Connection "Your Health"

While the treatment of some liver conditions continues to advance, a transplant is the only option for many people. Nearly 15,000 people in the United States are waiting for a liver transplant, including about 900 in Maryland. About 20 percent of those waiting for a liver die before a suitable donor organ is found. Despite the need, there were only 295 liver transplants in Maryland last year.

Most transplanted livers come from organ donors who have died, but a living donor liver transplant is a possibility. Transplant surgeon Dr. John LaMattina, Director of the Living Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine,  on Maryland Public Television Direct Connection / Your Health  discussing how surgeons can remove a portion of a living person’s liver and transplant it to the liver recipient. The liver regrows to its full size in both people. 

April is National Donate Life month, a great time to register to be an organ donor.

Have a question about organ donation? Submit your question via Twitter @MPTNews #yourhealth. Then watch Direct Connection at 7:30pm on April 24th to see if your question is used on the show

Dr. John LaMattina
Director, Living Liver Transplant Program
Assistant Professor of Surgery