Department Transplantation Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Distal Splenorenal Shunt
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplant
  • Intestinal Transplant
  • Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Small Bowel Transplant
  • Transplantation
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Autoimmune Chronic Hepatitis
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
View all 4 Specialties +


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About Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, PhD

Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, PhD,has joined the Department of General Surgery in the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute as Director of the Intestinal Transplant Program. During the next few months, Dr. Abu-Elmagd will take on leadership of the Transplant Center from John Fung, MD, Chairman of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, who has directed the center until now. Dr. Abu-Elmagd has led the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center at the University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) since its establishment in 1999 and has earned an international reputation for clinical and technical contributions to the field of transplantation. He has authored more than 300 original publications and 40 book chapters. He is an active member of 13 prominent professional and scientific societies.

In 1999, Dr. Abu-Elmagd convinced the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that, due to improved survival rates, intestinal and multivisceral transplantation programs should receive reimbursement.

In addition to his clinical and surgical expertise in the field of liver transplantation, Dr. Abu-Elmagd has also made significant global contributions to the field of portal hypertensive surgery. He played a pivotal role in the development and introduction of the immunosuppressive drug FK506, also known as Prograf.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
General Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Medical Education - Mansoura University School of Medicine

Medical Education - Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA USA

Medical Education - Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA USA

Medical Education - Wayne State University
Detroit, MI USA

Residency - Mansoura University Hospital
Surgical Resident

Graduate School - Mansoura University School of Medicine

Residency - Hurghada General Hospital
Surgical Resident

Medical Education - Mansoura University School of Medicine

Professional Highlights

  • President, Intestinal Transplant Association


  • Surgery - General Surgery


  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • The International Liver Transplantation Society
  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • The American Society of Transplantation
  • The Transplantation Society
  • The American Surgical Society
  • The American Surgical Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/13/2019, Dr. Abu-Elmagd has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

35 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2020

very good teleconference with the doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Dr Kareem, his staff and especially his nurse Anita worked with the scheduler to get several of the tests, labs and other appointments scheduled on the same day. Therefore I had to drive from Fort Wane once and not make several trips. This was very appreciated.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Dr Kareem and his staff saved my life. The original operation procedure plans changed when Dr Kareem got involved in my case. His vast experience and detail led to the successful removal of small intestine cancer and other tumors in my liver. I need additional liver work but feel safe when Dr Kareem and his staff are involved.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr. Kareem is extraordinarily knowledgeable about my rare disease, and answered my questions with compassion.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

During my clinic visit, my Dr. had difficulty focusing on me as the patient. He spent much of the appointment time reprimanding the nurse and sharing an event on his phone with the PA and the nurse. The reprimanding behavior made me uncomfortable. Then he compared my weight to other women, rather than addressing the concern I had about my unexplained weight loss and malabsorption I was experiencing. He told me a diagnosis but did not explain what it meant for me or prognosis. He recommended a test based on symptoms I didn't have. When I tried again to share my symptoms and gain clarity and my husband asked questions to better understand what the dr was saying, he left the room and told us to do "what you want to do". He has seemed to care for me in the past but this visit was very different and I left with the feeling that I did not want to come back to his team for care. At the same time, his specialization in my condition means I need his care.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Kareem M. Abu Elmagd and his team saved my sons life for which we will be forever grateful . Everyone involved with Josh has had the highest level of professional care and kindness . I thank God for sending them to us .

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Kareem always takes my complaints seriously and understands my rare anatomy better than any other doctor. I only trust him with anything related to my abdomen.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

The provider spent a good amount of time with me, and had a good treatment plan which made the long wait worthwhile

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr. Kareem is very caring and the best doctor I've every had.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr Kareem is wonderful. Even after running behind schedule he didn't rush me, answered all my questions and took the time to connect with me by asking about my kids and life. He sees the person not just the problem!

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