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Nizar Zein, MD

Nizar Zein, MD
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Department Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English
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About Nizar Zein, MD

Dr Zein is the Chief of Hepatology and the inaugural endowed holder of the Mikati Foundation Chair in Liver Diseases. He received several awards, including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award, the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research Mentorship. He has been recognized for academic excellence by the Syrian American Medical Society and honored for his leadership and community service by the Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico as the recipient of Presidential Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Clinic in 2015.

Dr Zein’s research focuses on improving disease and treatment outcome in patients with the Hepatitis C virus before and after liver transplantation.  He has authored over 200 publications, and has been the Principal Investigator of several large clinical trials. He holds several patents and established a research group at Cleveland Clinic focused on 3D printing of solid organs.

Dr. Zein is actively involved in the education of fellows and residents being trained at the Cleveland Clinic.  He has been recognized by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Teacher of the Year, a distinction that reflects his commitment to the education and mentorship of young physicians.

Dr Zein has served as the Editor of “The Year in Gastroenterology and Hepatology” associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Special Section Editor of “Liver Transplantation” and an editorial board member of Hepatology and Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Adult & Pediatric Gastroentero
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - Medical College of Ohio Hospitals
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Toledo, OH USA

Internship - Medical College of Ohio Hospitals
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Toledo, OH USA

Medical Education - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Tishreen University Faculty of Medicine
Lattakia, Syria

Additional Training

  • Mayo Clinic Scholar 1996-1997

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman, Global Patient Services
  • Mikati Foundation Endowed Chair in Liver Diseases and Transplantation


  • Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Specialty Interests

Liver disease, liver transplantation, cirrhosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, portal hypertension, Wilson's disease, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis, cholangitis, Budd Chiari, diagnostic and therapeutic EGD (upper endoscopy) and colonoscopy. Medical school education.

Awards & Honors

  • Medical College of Ohio most outstanding resident award 1992
  • Mayo Clinic J Arnold Bargen Award for outstanding achievement in Gastroenterology training 1996
  • American Liver Foundation Scholar Award 1997
  • Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic 2004
  • Physician of the Year, Cleveland Clinic International Center 2005
  • Innovator Award, cleveland Clinic 2006
  • Academic Achievement Award, Syrian American Medical Society 2007
  • Mikati Foundation Endowed Chair in Liver Diseases and Transplantation 2007
  • Top Doctors in Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine 2007
  • Teacher of the year, Cleveland Clinic 2008

Innovations & Patents

  • NS5 and Core proteins in inducing protective antibodies, MMV # 99-073
  • Inhaled liposomal IL-2 in the treatment of chronic HCV infection, MMV # 01-022
  • Etanercept as an adjuvant to interferon and ribavirin for patients with chronic hepatitis C infection, MMV # 03-07
  • A novel assay using ascetic fluid Lactoferrin to diagnose spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and other bacterial infections in patients with liver cirrhosis (CCF, 2004)
  • Non-invasive diagnostic test (serum cytokeratin-18) for patients with suspected nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (serial # 60/801,728)


  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterology Association
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Syrian-American Medical Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/7/2020, Dr. Zein 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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