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
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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
Provider Gender


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 hepato-biliary surgeon. His skills in surgical care provide many options to his patients with liver disease, including 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 transplant surgery course. He also speaks frequently locally, nationally, and internationally about the transplantation research projects he leads on Immuno-suppression 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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Where kidney transplants are a family heritage

    Don Burl III is on the brink of receiving his fourth kidney transplant, courtesy of a paired kidney exchange that involves a member of his extended family and a complete stranger.

  • 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.


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Boston, MA 02114-2751
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