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Elias, Nahel, MD

  • Surgical Director, Kidney Transplantation


Accepting New Patients



Transplant Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Kidney (renal) 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

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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 MD from the University of Damascus, Syria in 1994, was a Transplant Surgery Research Fellow at McGill (Montreal) and Michigan1994-1997.

He 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 hepato-cellular carcinoma, has participatedin the Cancer Center's multi-disciplinary liver cancer clinic since itsinception, both as a transplant surgeon and a hepato-biliary surgeon. Hisskills in surgical care provide many options to his patients with liver disease.These include transplantation, as well as other hepato-biliary and portalhypertension procedures. Dr. Elias teaches medical students, residents, andfellows, and directs a Harvard Medical School course on transplant surgery. Healso speaks frequently locally, nationally, and internationally about Transplantation,conducts research on Immuno-suppression, and hepatitis C management, and hascontributed to the medical literature. He has won many awards and is a memberof many Surgical and transplant societies.

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News & Events

  • MGH performs 3,000th kidney transplant

    In 2015, Mary Anne Gauthier of Nashua, New Hampshire, received a series of devastating diagnoses. The retired professor of nursing, who taught at Northeastern University and ran its undergraduate nursing program for nearly two decades, knew something was wrong.

  • 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.


Transplant Outpatient Center
165 Cambridge St
Suite 301
Boston, MA 02114-2751
Phone: 617-726-6631
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165 Cambridge Street
Suite 301
Boston, MA 02114-2751
Phone: 617-643-0765

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