Role of the Psychosocial Team

The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation's psychosocial team works very closely with the multidisciplinary team to assess patient's candidacy for transplant. The team consists of one full-time psychiatrist and three full-time adult social workers at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia campus and one full-time social worker at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell campus. There is also a full-time pediatric liver and small bowel transplant social worker at CHONY.

Each patient and their caregiver is required to meet with a social worker and transplant psychiatrist. During the psychosocial evaluation, patients will be educated regarding liver disease, listing criteria, post-transplant hospitalization and regimen, and potential caregiving needs. The evaluation is also used to assess whether any additional resources might be appropriate for the patient, such as psychiatric recommendations for the treatment of anxiety or depression related to chronic illness, transportation options and home care.

In addition to providing supportive counseling and education throughout the transplant process, the social worker and, in some cases, psychiatrist will collaborate with the medical team to help facilitate a safe discharge home after the hospitalization for transplant.