W. Kenneth Washburn

W. Kenneth Washburn, MD

  • Transplant
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

Appointments: (614) 293-6724

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 Diseases
  • 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

Medical Degree

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


General Surgery
Tufts Medical Center
7/1/1989 - 6/30/1992


New England Deaconess Hospital
7/1/1993 - 6/30/1995

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Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery

My Department


My Division

Transplant Surgery


40 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

12 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

No problems, explained all in details.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019


Reviewed on Feb 08, 2019

No time wasted in talking to me - got to the point, explained situation.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

all good first visit for transplant workup

Reviewed on Oct 03, 2018

very professional and knowledgeable of my medical background. Spoke to us in normal terms that we could follow

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

very good

Reviewed on May 09, 2018

Very good.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2018

Dr. Washburn answered all my questions and gave me answers to questions I didn't know to ask.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018


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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Washburn has reported no relationships with companies or entities.