Message from the Chair

Division of Transplantation & Hepatobiliary Diseases Welcome Message

Welcome to the Division of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Lahey was founded by Dr. Frank Lahey in 1923 as a multidisciplinary clinical practice within the city of Boston but grew to its current location north of the city in 1980.

Continuing in its long tradition of excellence in disease diagnostics and surgical innovation, we became a founding member of Beth Israel Lahey Heath in 2019. Our world-renowned Transplant Program is located in The Roger Jenkins Transplant Institute where a talented and committed team of surgeons, physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, researchers and administrators work together to provide care for transplant patients.

Our liver transplant program is the most active in New England and one of the largest in the country. This includes the largest living donor liver transplant program in New England and one of the largest in the United States. As the only program currently offering robotic living donor hepatectomy, we can now provide select patients donating portions of their liver a faster recovery with a less invasive surgical approach.

Our kidney transplant program is one of the oldest in New England, offering both deceased donor and living donor options and recently performed the first totally robotic kidney transplant in the region. Following in the long surgical tradition of Lahey pioneers, our team offers extensive surgical expertise in complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgery. This includes robotic and laparoscopic techniques as well as more traditional open surgery. We also offer complex surgical resection for various liver and pancreatic tumors as well as advanced radiologic and endoscopic ablation technologies.

Our program is a unique blend of hepatologists, nephrologists, surgeons, oncologists, endoscopists and interventional radiologists. We provide complete management of the entire spectrum of hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders. We are a center committed to the respectful care of our patient family while advancing science and training our future health care providers.

Mohamed Akoad, MD, FACS