Medhat Askar, MD, PhD


Medhat Askar, MD, PhD

Appointed: 2006

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Medhat Askar, MD, PhD
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C100
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Medhat Askar, MD, PhD
Department: General Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code C100
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Medhat Askar, MD, PhD, is the Director of Allogen Laboratories and a Staff Physician in the Transplant Center of the Digestive Diseases Institute. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, and the American Board of Bioanalysis in Diagnostic Immunology. His clinical interests include immunology, immunogenetics and transplantation.

Professional Highlights

Dr. Askar's clinical responsibilities as the Director of Allogen Laboratories in Cleveland, Ohio and Charleston, West Virginia include overseeing clinical testing performed for solid organ and stem cell transplant candidates, recipients and donors.

While his primary clinical responsibility is in the area of laboratory supervision, he also provides clinical research support for the transplant services and participates in resident and fellowship educational activities.

Medhat is very active in several roles in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine; including serving as a PBL Facilitator and a faculty member of the first year medical student curriculum in Immunology.He also serves as a member of the CCLCM Admissions Committee and has been the research preceptor for numerous medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Askar is a member of many committees within national and international professional organizations including the Education Committee of the Transplantation Society and the Quality and Standards Committee of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI). He is a Commissioner of the ASHI Accreditation Review Board and the Vice Chair of the Diplomat Exam Committee of The American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. He has authored and co-authored manuscripts in peer reviewed medical journals, a book Chapter, and serves as a reviewer for many high impact transplant journals including the American Journal of Transplantation, The Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Human Immunology, Transplant Infectious Diseases, and Transplant International.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Medical School - Al-Azhar University School of Medicine
Cairo Egypt
Graduate - Al-Azhar University, Cairo,
Internship - Ain Shams University Hospitals
Cairo Egypt
Medical School - Ain Shams University, Cairo,
Doctorate - Al-Azhar University, Cairo,

Specialty Interests

Immunogenetics and Transplant Immunology

Additional Training

  • Scholarship of Education in Health Professions, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship in Medical Education, the Education Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • Distinguished Educator Certificate, the Education Institute, Cleveland Clinic


  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Transplantation Society
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • British Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

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As of 4/20/2015, Dr. Askar 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English