About Nahel Elias, MD

Dr. Nahel Elias is an abdominal transplant surgeon dedicated to kidney, liver, and pancreas recipients' care. He attended the University of Damascus, Syria (MD 1994), completed Transplant Research Fellowship at McGill (Montreal, Canada), General Surgery residency in Michigan '97-'02, and the MGH Multi-Organ abdominal Transplant Surgery fellowship '02-'04, then joined MGH Transplant Surgery staff. Since then, Dr. Elias has developed protocols supporting solutions to organ shortage; including ICUs, operating room, and New England Organ Bank collaboration advancing donation programs at regional hospitals. He has evolved the transplant database, and chairs the MGH Transplant Center Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement since 2008.

In 2012 Dr. Elias became Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation, and the program has progressed greatly under his leadership. Its volume has surpassed other regional programs and its results improved further. It continues to improve and address patient's needs and satisfaction.

Additional to performing and caring for liver and kidney transplant, Dr. Elias also treats patients with liver cancer through the Cancer Center Multi-Disciplinary Liver Clinic since its inception, as a transplant surgeon and a hepatobiliary surgeon. His skills in surgical care provide many options to his patients with liver disease, including transplantation, as well as other hepatobiliary and portal hypertension procedures.

Dr. Elias teaches medical students, residents, and fellows, and directs a Harvard Medical School transplant surgery course. He also speaks frequently locally, nationally, and internationally about the transplantation research projects he leads on Immunosuppression and utilization of Hepatitis C and HIV organs for transplantation, 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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Mass General Transplant Center
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-2000

Mass General Vascular Center
55 Fruit St.
Gray Building
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-0765

Medical Education

  • , University of Damascus, School of Medicine
  • Residency, North Oakland Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital*****
  • Fellowship, University of Michigan Health System

American Board Certifications

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Transplant patients are cared for by large multidisciplinary teams of providers managing different phases of transplant care. Communication within each team and between teams is a key driver of the patients' outcome. In his role as the MGH Transplant Center Quality Director, Dr. Elias is investigating tools to improve handoff and transition of care. A funded IPASS tool development project is currently ongoing at the MGH Abdominal Transplant Division under Dr. Elias' lead. He is also supervising multiple other quality improvement research projects.

Additionally, Dr. Elias conducts clinical trials to improve the care of the transplant patients, both facilitating earlier transplant utilizing Hepatitis C positive organs, and providing improved outcomes with novel immunosuppression agents. Dr. Elias is also the MGH Principal Investigator for the HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) act multi-center trial funded by the National Institute of Health and overseeing transplantation of HIV positive organs into HIV positive recipients. MGH is the only center in New England performing these transplants, a potential opportunity to expedite transplantation of the HIV positive recipients as well as utilization of HIV positive donor organs which were discarded prior to the passage of the HOPE act.

Dr. Elias also performs research projects with organ allocation policies focus.


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