W. Kenneth Washburn

W. Kenneth Washburn, MD

  • Transplant
  • Physician
4.9 out of 5
  • 74 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 21 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

As a liver and kidney transplant surgeon and director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I approach each patient as if he or she were a family member.

Patients come to see me for an opinion. Sometime that opinion means surgery, but not always. I work with my patients and encourage them to be a part of the decision making process to determine which treatment option is the right choice for them.

The opportunity to work here at Ohio State and take care of patients is a privilege. I enjoy coming to work and appreciate the dedication of all the staff and physicians. I’m thrilled to be part of a medical center that’s at the forefront of great patient care, education and research. My career has given me the opportunity to make a life-changing and life-saving impact on thousands of patients over the years.

In my free time I enjoy many types of exercising, especially anything outdoors. I love to keep active!
  • Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Board of directors, United Network of Organ Sharing
  • My research interests include organ preservation, organ allocation, organ transplant policy and outcome assessments for organ transplantation
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Pancreatic Islets Transplantation
  • Biliary Tract
  • Biliary Tract Cancers
  • Biliary Tract Surgical Procedures
  • Bile Duct Cancers
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous
  • Bile Duct Diseases
  • Hypertension, Portal
  • Common Bile Duct
  • Common Bile Duct Cancers
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Living Donors
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Transplantation
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Splenorenal Shunt, Surgical

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
8/1/1984 - 5/5/1988


Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

7/1/1988 - 6/30/1989


Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

7/1/1989 - 6/30/1992

Chief Resident

Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

7/1/1992 - 6/30/1993


New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA

7/1/1993 - 6/30/1995

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Transplant Surgery

More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

74 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Aug 06, 2020

    Wonderful surgeon, grateful to have been transplanted!!!

  • Reviewed on Jul 07, 2020

    Care provider Is excellent

  • Reviewed on May 01, 2020

    very knowledgable about my condition and concerns

  • Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020


  • Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020


  • Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

    doctor was informative

  • Reviewed on Aug 05, 2019

    He was very knowledgeable & friendly.

  • Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

    dr. Washburn was very arrogant. he also seemed annoyed to be at work in general. maybe this is his everyday manner.

  • Reviewed on May 14, 2019

    Dr. Washburn also took plenty of time to explain the surgery to me, along with listening to my questions and concerns. He made sure to cover everything I brought up and eased my mind.

  • Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

    Dr Washburn is the best!! He was very attentive, upfront about what I was facing, answered all my questions and explained everything to me, could not ask for a better physician.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Washburn has reported no relationships with companies or entities.