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Nahel Elias, MD

  • Surgical Director, Kidney Transplantation


Accepting New Patients



Transplant Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Kidney transplant
  • Liver transplant
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Liver cancer
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma, Cholangiocarcinoma, Liver tumors
  • Hepatitis C
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Damascus Syria
  • Residency, North Oakland Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Nahel Elias is a multi-organ abdominal transplant surgeon dedicated to kidney, liver, and pancreas recipients? care. He received his M.D. from the University of Damascus, Syria in 1994, was a Transplant Surgery Research Fellow at McGill (Montreal) and Michigan 1994-1997.
Dr. Elias completed surgical residency in Michigan in 2002, a Multi-Organ Abdominal Transplant Surgery fellowship in 2004 at MGH, and subsequently joined the Transplant Surgery service staff at MGH. Since then, Dr. Elias has developed protocols supporting solutions to organ shortage; including collaboration with ICUs, operating room, and New England Organ Bank advancing donation programs at regional hospitals. He has evolved the transplant database and electronic record system, and chairs the MGH Transplant Center Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement since 2008.
In 2012 Dr. Elias took over as Surgical Director of Renal Transplantation, and the program has progressed greatly since. Its volume has surpassed other New England programs and maintained excellent results. It continues to improve and address patient?s needs and satisfaction.
In addition, Dr. Elias has great interest in hepatocellular carcinoma, has participated in the Cancer Center?s multi-disciplinary liver cancer clinic since its inception, both as a transplant surgeon and a hepato-biliary surgeon. His skills in surgical care provide many options to his patients with liver disease. These include transplantation, as well as other hepato-biliary and portal hypertension procedures. Dr. Elias teaches medical students, residents, and fellows, and directs a Harvard Medical School course on transplant surgery. He also speaks frequently locally, nationally, and internationally about Transplantation, conducts research on Immunosuppression, and hepatitis C management, and has contributed to the medical literature. He has won many awards and is a member of many Surgical and transplant societies.

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News & Events

  • Kidney transplant patients meet their matches

    John Marzelli and Esperanza Yoblonsky were suffering from IgA nephropathy and both needed a new kidney; they found the answer in the Mass General Transplant Center's internal exchange program.


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