(From the June 2016 Issue of MedStat)
Ken Washburn, MD, joins Nationwide Children’s as the director of the new Abdominal Transplant program and will be the chief of the Section of Transplantation. Dr. Washburn also serves as the director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. An authority on liver and kidney transplantation in both adults and children, he comes to Nationwide Children’s and OSUWMC from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was most recently the director of Liver Transplantation. He is a leading voice in setting national transplant policy, serving in leadership capacities within the United Network for Organ Sharing and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. His major areas of clinical expertise are in liver transplantation and complex liver and pancreatic surgery in adults and children. Dr. Washburn earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and a multi-organ transplantation fellowship at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Washburn’s history of well-funded research and clinical trials covers organ procurement, extracorporeal liver assist systems, imaging and the efficacy of transplant medications.