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Title Director, Abdominal Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida
Department Transplantation Center
Primary Location Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Italian
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Evaluation of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Recipients
  • General Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer Management and Treatment
  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Resection
  • Liver Transplant
  • Organ Transplant
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Transplant- Liver Kidney/Pancreas
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cystic Disease
  • Klatskin Tumor
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma
  • Retroperitoneal Tumor
View all 11 Specialties +


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About Antonio Pinna, MD

Noted transplant surgeon Antonio Pinna, MD, serves as Director of the Abdominal Transplant Center and the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. His medical career spans four decades and includes personally performing nearly 3,000 liver, kidney and intestinal transplantation surgeries. Dr. Pinna specializes in living donor liver transplantation, split liver transplantation, liver transplant to treat hepatocellular cancer, liver transplantation in patients with familial amyloidosis, and domino liver transplant technique. He also has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of patients with pancreatic and biliary cancers and bowel lengthening surgery as an alternative to intestinal transplantation. 

Dr. Pinna was Director of the Liver Transplant Program and Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi before joining Cleveland Clinic Florida. He remains part of a leading team of organ transplantation experts who travel throughout Cleveland Clinic’s global enterprise performing transplant surgeries and ensuring patients receive world-class transplant care. 

Previously, Dr. Pinna served as Director of the General Surgery and Transplant Division at the University of Bologna where he established the first small bowel transplant program in Italy, expanded the division to include living related kidney transplants, and established the hepato-biliary cancer program. He also served as a professor of surgery at the University of Bologna for more than 15 years.

A prolific researcher, Dr. Pinna has numerous peer-reviewed publications covering a breadth of research pursuits, from liver-dual kidney transplantation and the treatment of hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation to treatments for pancreatic, bile duct and liver cancer. He has advanced new immunosuppression strategies to improve patient outcomes and pioneered techniques in small bowel transplantation. Today he serves on the editorial board for Annals of Surgery and is a reviewer of the leading industry journals Transplantation, American Journal Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, and Clinical Transplantation.

Fellowship trained in organ transplantation at University of Pittsburgh’s Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute, Dr. Pinna earned his medical degree from Sapienza University of Rome, where he also completed his general surgery residency. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Transplantation Society, the American Surgical Transplant Society, the European Society of Organ Transplantation, and the International Liver Transplant Society, among others.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Organ Transplantation
Pittsburgh, PA

Residency - Residency Program "specializzazione Chirurgia Generale
general surgery

Medical Education - University of Rome Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
medicine and surgery
Rome, Italy

Graduate School - University of Rome La Sapienza
Rome, Italy

Undergraduate - liceo classico gm dettori
Cagliari, Italy


  • General Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/15/2023, Dr. Pinna 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

70 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
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

3 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Very good experience with Dr. Pina & pre transplant organizer Dorian. They were very polite & informative!

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Pinna is the best surgeon for my cancer so I will trade bedside manner for expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Pinna is an incredibly excellent doctor. I would not be alive were it not for him. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. And I always recommend Cleveland Clinic.

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