ElHinnawi_Ashraf_720x720Department of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery

Comprehensive Transplant Center Pre-Transplant Office
Brain and Spine Hospital
300 W. 10th Ave.
11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210-1280

I currently perform liver, kidney and pancreas transplants, deceased donor abdominal organs procurement, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and surgery for vascular access for hemodialysis. I'm also involved in teaching and education.

Research Interests

  • Clinical outcomes in transplant
  • Expanding organ usage for transplantation

Current Research

  • “QRK306: A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of QPI-1002 for Prevention of Delayed Graft Function in Recipients of a Donation After Brain Death Older Donor Kidney Transplant (ReGIFT),” PI: Ashraf El-Hinnawi
  • “Prospective, Randomized Trial of Belatacept Switch in Renal Transplant Recipients With Delayed Graft Function,” PI: Jon Von Visger; Co-PI: Ashraf EL-Hinnawi
  • “Multicenter, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of PRT-201 Administered Immediately after Radiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistula Creation in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease” (PRT-201-310), PI: Anil Agarwal; Co-PI: Ashraf EL-Hinnawi
  • “Investigation of Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms, T Cell Profiles and Alloantibody Levels and Isotypes From Peripheral Blood in Primary Kidney Transplant Patients,” PI: Ginny Bumgardner; Co-PI: Ashraf EL-Hinnawi
  • “A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Cinryze (C1 Esterase Inhibitor [Human]) for the Treatment of Acute Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Kidney Transplant Patients,” PI: Ronald Pelletier; Co-PI: Ashraf EL-Hinnawi
  • “A Prospective, Randomized, Open-Label, Multicenter Pilot Study Comparing the Incidence, Number, and Titer of Anti-Donor HLA Antibodies (DSA) and the Frequencies of Donor-HLA Specific B Cells Following Treatment of a Biopsy Proven Acute Rejection Episode Using a Post-Rejection Belatacept-Based Immunosuppression Regimen Versus Standard of Care Treatment in Deceased and Living Donor Kidney Transplant Recipients,” PI: Ronald Pelletier; Co-PI: Ashraf EL-Hinnawi


  • El-Hinnawi A, Nishida S, Levi D, Selvaggi G, Tekin A, Fan J, Ernesto P, Kyota F, Tzakis AG. Use of the recipient celiac trunk for hepatic artery reconstruction in orthotopic liver transplant. Transplant Proceedings. 2013 June;45(5):1928-1930
  • El-Hinnawi A, Sageshima J, Uchida K, Chen L, Burke GW, Ciancio G. New technique in using the gonadal vein in lengthening the right renal vein in living donor kidney transplant. Transplantation. 2012 Sept 27;94(6):e40-41
  • Sageshima J, Ciancio G, Chen L, Dohi T, El-Hinnawi A, Paloyo S, Misawa R, Ekwenna O, Yatawatta A, Burke GW. Everolimus with low-dose tacrolimus in simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation. Clinical Transplant. 2014 Jul;28(7):797-801
  • Sageshima J, Ciancio G, Chen L, Dohi T, El-Hinnawi A, Paloyo S, Gaynor JJ, Mattiazzi A, Guerra G, Kupin W, Roth D, Ruiz P, Burke GW. Lack of clinical association and effect of peripheral WBC counts on immune cell function test in kidney transplant recipients with T-cell depleting induction and steroid-sparing maintenance therapy. Transpl Immunol. 2014 Mar;30(2-3):88-92

Oral Presentations

  • “Pancreas Transplantation,” presented at Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, October 2015
  • “Pediatric Donors for Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant (SPKT),” presented at World Transplant Congress 2014, San Francisco, July 2014
  • “Outcomes of Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Right Donor Nephrectomy, Single Center Experience,” to be presented at American Transplant Congress, Chicago, May 2017

Poster Presentations

  • El-Hinnawi A, Rajab A, Bumgardner GL, Haj Naser L, Plews R, James I, Henry ML, Pelletier RP. “Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation in Obese Recipients; Single Center Experience.” American Transplant Congress 2016, Boston, June 2016
  • Rajab A, Pelletier RP, El-Hinnawi A, Elkhammas EA, Bumgardner GL, Henry ML. “The Impact of Different Immunosuppressive Protocols on Early and Long-Term Outcomes After Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation.” American Transplant Congress 2016, Boston, June 2016
  • El-Hinnawi A, Pelletier RP, Elkhammas EA, Rajab A, Bumgardner GL, Plews R, Pesavento TE, Nori U, Henry ML. “Donors at Age Extremes for Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney Transplant (SPKT).” American Transplant Congress 2015, Philadelphia, May 2015
  • El-Hinnawi A, Sageshima J, Ciancio G, Chen L, Mattiazzi A. “Renal Graft Outcome After Single-Donor Staged Heart-Kidney Transplantation Using Pulsatile Machine Perfusion of the Renal Grafts.” American Transplant Congress 2013, Seattle, May 2013


Medical Degree: MBBS, Jordan University of Science and Technology
Residency: General surgery, King Abdullah Teaching Hospital
Fellowship: Abdominal organ transplantation, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Fellowship: Abdominal organ transplantation, University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami Transplant Institute

Honors and News

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Part of the team that performed the only second five-way kidney transplant chain in Ohio, 2017
  • Medical director for Lifeline of Ohio
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2016
  • Part of team that performed Ohio’s first lung-kidney transplant, 2016
  • Columbus Surgical Society Silver Award, “Pediatric donors for simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant (SPKT),” 2014
  • Courage to Teach Award, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, 2014

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