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Surgical Director, Pancreas Care Center

Surgical Director, Kidney and Intestinal Transplant Programs

Associate Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics



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"I strive to provide care filled with compassion, commitment, competence and meticulousness."

My Biography & Research


I found my passion of caring for children during the clinical service rotations of my general surgery residency. Faculty role models with a love for teaching, the resiliency and refreshing honesty of children, and the gratitude of parents, inspired my medical and research career. I strive to provide care filled with compassion, commitment, competence and meticulousness.

I specialize in treating children with pancreatic and hepatobiliary diseases as well as in liver, kidney and intestinal transplantation. In 2013, I helped start the Pancreas Care Center (PCC) at Cincinnati Children’s, in collaboration with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the Division of Endocrinology. The center provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children with pancreatic diseases.

As Surgical Director of the Pancreas Care Center, I established the total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) program for children with debilitating pain and impaired quality of life from acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis.

I am thankful for the many mentors and teachers who influenced my career in medicine and research. I became interested in diseases of the foregut during medical school at Yale. I worked in the surgical laboratory of Dr. Dana K. Andersen — studying abnormalities in chronic pancreatitis in rodents — to learn more about insulin insensitivity in that disease process.

Dr. Andersen encouraged my interest in surgery, as did Dr. Robert Touloukian, who showed me that the variety of surgical experiences I enjoyed in general surgery could also be found in caring for children. During my general surgery residency training at Duke University, I completed a two-year surgical research fellowship in the laboratory of gastrointestinal endocrinology. I worked with Dr. Rodger A. Liddle, who deepened my interest in pancreatic disease.

After my general surgery residency, I completed a two-year pediatric surgery fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s. Then, I completed a two-year abdominal transplantation fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. During that fellowship, I focused my clinical interest in pediatric liver disease as well as liver, kidney and intestinal transplantation. I joined the pediatric surgery faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in 2009.

My prior research experiences in pancreatitis and inflammation have provided an invaluable framework for the development of scientific studies in hepatopancreatobiliary diseases and transplantation. My ongoing research focuses on the surgical management of pancreatic diseases in children. I collaborate with INSPPIRE (International Study Group of Pediatric Pancreatitis: In Search for a Cure). I also serve as a co-investigator on the R01-funded multi-center prospective observational cohort study of TPIAT (POST Study). I partner with other investigators to address research gaps and develop future studies about the surgical approach to, and timing of, TPIAT.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids. We like skiing in the winter and going to the beach in the summer.

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Clinical Interests

Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease; liver, kidney, and intestinal transplantation; pediatric surgical oncology; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of SurgeryUC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Colorectal Disorders, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Liver Care, End-Stage Renal Disease, Liver Tumor, Intestinal Disorders, Pancreas Care, Autoimmune Liver Disease

Research Divisions

General and Thoracic Surgery

My Locations

My Education

BS: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993.

MD: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1998.

Residency: General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1998-2000 and 2002-2005.

Surgical Research Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2000-2002.

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2007.

Transplant Surgery Fellowship: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2007; American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, 2008; American Society of Transplant Surgeons Certification, 2009.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Patient-derived pancreas-on-a-chip to model cystic fibrosis-related disorders. Mun, KS; Arora, K; Huang, Y; Yang, F; Yarlagadda, S; Ramananda, Y; Abu-El-Haija, M; Palermo, JJ; Appakalai, BN; Nathan, JD; et al. Nature Communications. 2019; 10.

Pancreas Divisum in Pediatric Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis: Report From INSPPIRE. Lin, TK; Abu-El-Haija, M; Nathan, JD; Palermo, JP; Barth, B; Bellin, M; Fishman, DS; Freedman, SD; Gariepy, CE; Giefer, MJ; et al. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 2019; 53:e232-e238.

In-hospital and 90-day outcomes after total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation for pediatric chronic and acute recurrent pancreatitis. Kotagal, M; Slusher, J; Ahmad, S; Aronson, LA; Brunner, J; Chima, R; Elder, DA; Goldschneider, KR; Hornung, L; Lin, TK; et al. American Journal of Transplantation. 2019; 19:1187-1194.

Rapid Progression of Acute Pancreatitis to Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis in Children. Sweeny, KF; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Denson, LA; Husain, SZ; Hornung, L; Thompson, T; Abu-El-Haija, M. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2019; 68:104-109.

Prevalence of abnormal glucose metabolism in pediatric acute, acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis. Abu-El-Haija, M; Hornung, L; Denson, LA; Husami, A; Lin, TK; Matlock, K; Nathan, JD; Palermo, JJ; Thompson, T; Valencia, CA; et al. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13.

The management of pediatric renovascular hypertension: a single center experience and review of the literature. Lobeck, IN; Alhajjat, AM; Dupree, P; Racadio, JM; Mitsnefes, MM; Karns, R; Tiao, GM; Nathan, JD. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2018; 53:1825-1831.

Pediatric chronic pancreatitis: Updates in the 21st century. Abu-El-Haija, M; Nathan, JD. Pancreatology. 2018; 18:354-359.

A multicenter study of total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT): POST (Prospective Observational Study of TPIAT). Bellin, MD; Abu-El-Haija, M; Morgan, K; Adams, D; Beilman, GJ; Chinnakotla, S; Conwell, DL; Dunn, TB; Freeman, ML; Gardner, T; et al. Pancreatology. 2018; 18:286-290.

The gut-liver axis: impact of a mouse model of small-bowel bacterial overgrowth. Wang, Q; Wang, B; Saxena, V; Miles, L; Tiao, J; Mortensen, JE; Nathan, JD. Journal of Surgical Research. 2018; 221:246-256.

Management of acute pancreatitis in children. Abu-El-Haija, M; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2017; 29:592-597.