WashburnExecutive Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Professor of Surgery
The Ohio State University University College of Medicine

395 W. 12th Ave.
FOT 192
Columbus, Ohio 43210

I joined Ohio State in March 2016 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where I worked since 1998, most recently as the Valero President’s Distinguished Chair in Transplantation Surgery, director of Liver Transplantation and professor of surgery. I have a special interest in national transplant policy, serving in numerous capacities within the United Network for Organ Sharing and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Research Interests

  • Organ procurement
  • Extracorporeal liver assist systems
  • Imaging
  • The efficacy of transplant medications

Current Research

  • Remote ischemic preconditioning in neurological death organ donors

PubMed articles


Master of Science: Chemistry, Penn State University
Medical Degree: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: General Surgery, Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Multi-Organ Transplantation, Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Honors and News

  • Commendation medal – United States Air Force, 1998
  • Outstanding Student Pittsburgh Surgical Society, 1988
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons