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Kenneth Chavin, MD, General Surgery, Cleveland, OH, UH Cleveland Medical Center


General Surgery Cleveland, OH

Hepatobiliary Surgery, Transplantation, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Professor and VIce Chairman of Surgery, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Division Chief, Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, James A. Schulak MD Endowed Director of the Transplant Institute, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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  • Dr. Kenneth Chavin is a general and transplant surgeon in Cleveland, OH. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and has been in practice 30 years. He specializes in abdominal transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and minimally invasive surgery and is experienced in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, transplant surgery, and healthcare quality. He currently is the Director of the Transplant Institute at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Case Western School of Medicine

Skills & Expertise

  • Transplant surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Reperfusion injuries, Immunosuppressive Agents, Immune Tolerance, Healthcare quality, Living donor transplant surgery, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Liver regeneration, Laparoscopy, Mitochondrial Proteins, Open renal transplantation, Open renal transplant surgery, Simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplantation, Pancreas after kidney transplantation, Renal transplant surgery, Laparoscopic renal transplantation, Laparoscopic renal transplant surgery, Renal transplantation, Kidney transplantation, Transplant infectious disease, Transplant anesthesiology, Islet cell transplant surgery, Hepatic cirrhosis, Graft-versus-host disease, End-stage renal disease

Education & Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineFellowship, 1996 - 1998
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
    Medical University of South Carolina College of MedicineResidency, General Surgery, 1990 - 1996
  • Medical University of South CarolinaPhD, Immunology, 1990 - 1993
  • Graduate Hospital PhiladelphiaResidency, General Surgery, 1987 - 1990
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
    Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple UniversityClass of 1987
  • Lafayette CollegeBS, Biology, Cum Laude, 1979 - 1983

Certifications & Licensure

  • OH State Medical License
    OH State Medical License 2016 - 2023
  • TN State Medical License
    TN State Medical License 2001 - 2002
  • MD State Medical License
    MD State Medical License 1996 - 1998
  • SC State Medical License
    SC State Medical License 1990 - 2017
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1989 - 1996
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Regional Top Doctor Castle Connolly, 2014-2018
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2012-2013
  • Roche Laboratories Presidential Travel Award American Society of Transplant Surgeon, 2005
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Valganciclovir (VGCV) Followed by Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Hyperimmune Globulin Compared to VGCV for 200 Days in Abdominal Organ Transplant Recipients at High Risk for CM...  
    Prabhakar K Baliga, John W McGillicuddy, Charles F Bratton, Satish Nadig, Kenneth D Chavin, Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Use of Intra‐Aortic Counterpulsation in Cardiogenic Shock Post‐Liver Transplantation  
    Gabriel R Chedister, William D Stoll, Kenneth D Chavin, John W McGillicuddy, Satish N Nadig, David G Koch, Clinical Transplantation
  • Hydroxyethyl starch and acute kidney injury in orthotopic liver transplantation: a single-center retrospective review  
    Hand WR, Whiteley JR, Epperson TI, Tam L, Crego H, Wolf B, Chavin KD, Taber DJ, Anesth Analg, 1/1/2015
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • The Impact of Baseline and Follow-Up SAI Scores on Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation.
    Taber DJ, Hamedi M, Gebregziahber M, Srinivas T, Chavin K, Egede L, Baliga P, Am J Transplant, ATC, 1/1/2015
  • A Critical Analysis of the Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplantation.
    Taber DJ, Hamedi M, Gebregziahber M, Srinivas T, Chavin K, et al, Am J Transplant, ATC, 1/1/2015
  • The association between donor and recipient gene variants and tacrolimus safety and efficacy in a diverse cohort of kidney transplant recipients.
    Taber D, Srinivas T, Pilch N, Gebregziabher M, Egede L, Baliga P, Chavin K, Am J Transplant, ATC, 1/1/2015
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  • Management of Comorbidities for Successful Surgical Procedures, Hepatic Resections and Transplant. 
  • "Hepatic Steatosis in a Growing World: The Impact on Transplantation" 
  • "Partial Hepatectomy" 
    Medical University of South Carolina - 1/19/2012
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  • TLR4KO mice are protected from endothelial overactivation in the absence of Kupffer cells after total hepatic ischemia/reperfusion. 
    Ellett JD, Atkinson C, Evans ZP, Amani Z, Balish E, Schmidt MG, Schnellmann RG, Chavin KD
  • An Overview of Pancreas Transplant: Role of Ultrasound with other imaging correlation. 
    Irshad A, Ackerman S, Chavin KD, Baliga P, Anis M, Sanders G
  • Results of the African-American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) Trial. 
    Rajagopalan PR, Baillie, Emovon OE, Chavin KD
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