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Jason Solomon Hawksworth, MD

Surgical Director, Adult Liver Transplantation
Chief, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Director of Robotic Liver Surgery Program, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Expertise:

Abdominal Organ Transplantation
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Hepatobiliary Surgery
Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Intestinal Transplant
Kidney Transplantation
Liver & Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Liver Transplant
Liver Transplant, Pediatric
Liver Transplantation
Living Donor Transplantation
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Multivisceral Transplantation
Organ Transplant, Pediatric
Sarcoma
Small Bowel Resection
Small Bowel Transplant, Pediatric
Surgical Oncology

About:

Jason Hawksworth, MD is a noted pioneer in minimally invasive robotic hepatobiliary and transplant surgery. Dr. Hawksworth is the Surgical Director of Adult Liver Transplantation, Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery, and the Director of Robotic Liver Surgery Program in the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Hawksworth is known for unique and innovative minimally invasive robotic surgeries to remove tumors of the liver, bile duct and pancreas, including robotic major hepatectomy, robotic pancreatectomy, and robotic Whipple. He also specializes in robotic transplantation including robotic kidney transplantation, robotic living donor nephrectomy and robotic living donor hepatectomy.

Dr. Hawksworth received his undergraduate degree from The United States Military Academy at West point and his medical degree from Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. Hawksworth completed general surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center followed by an abdominal transplant and hepatobiliary surgery fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.

Previously the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Hawksworth established one of the nation’s premier robotic hepatobiliary and transplant programs in 2018 at Georgetown. He was recruited to Columbia University Irving Medical Center in 2023 to lead the liver transplant and hepatobiliary programs and continue to develop innovative techniques in robotic surgery.

Dr. Hawksworth is a member of several key organizations including a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, International Laparoscopic Liver Society, and Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. His research interests include clinical transplant and hepatobiliary trials, and he has published over 60 scientific manuscripts and book chapters in leading journals such as Annals of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, American Journal of Transplantation and Transplantation.

Dr. Hawksworth is a Colonel in the Army reserves and has deployed four times to support combat operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Visit The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at columbiasurgery.org/liver.

Honors:

2018   Affiliate Faculty Teaching Award, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, General Surgery Residency Training Program

2017   Dean's Impact Award, Uniformed Services University of the Health Services, for academic and clinical excellence

2015   Combat Medical Badge, for providing surgical care in combat, Afghanistan

2013   Young Investigator Travel Grant, International Society of Bowel Transplant, Oxford UK

2011   Young Investigator's Award, American Transplant Congress

2011   Fellow of the Year, Georgetown University Hospital

2010   General Lewis A. Mologne Award, for graduating National Consortium Region military resident with "highest overall excellence and professional medical expertise"

2010   Bailey K. Ashford Basic Science and Clinical Research Awards, finalist

2008   Diane S. Malcolm Research Award, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2008   Young Investigator's Award, American Transplant Congress

Publications:

Hawksworth J, Radkani P, Nguyen B, Fishbein T, Winslow E. Robotic central hepatectomy and right anterior sectionectomy: Minimally invasive parenchyma sparing surgery for central liver tumors. Journal of Gastrointest Surg. 2023 Feb; 27(2):407-410.

Hawksworth J. Minimally Invasive Right Hepatectomy or Sectionectomy: Balancing Case Complexity, Parenchymal Preservation, and Oncologic Success. Invited Commentary. J Am Coll Surg. 2022. Epub.

Ekong U, Reddy S, Yazigi N, Khan K, Kaufman S, Chapman K, Leon E, Ah Mew N. Regier D, MacLeod E, Kroemer A, Girlanda R, Hawksworth J, Matsumoto C, Fishbein T. Domino liver transplantation: Expanding the liver donor pool to the pediatric recipient. Liver Transpl. 2022 Dec;28(12):1947-1950.

Hawksworth J, Radkani P, Nguyen B, Aguirre O, Winslow E, Kroemer A, Girlanda R, Guerra F, Haddad N, Fishbein T. Robotic Hepaticojejunostomy for Late Anastomotic Biliary Stricture After Liver Transplantation: Technical Description and Case Series. Ann Surg. 2022 Jun 1;275(6):e801-e803.

Hawksworth J, Radkani P, Nguyen B, Belyayev L, Llore N, Holzner M, Mateo R, Meslar E, Winslow E, Fishbein T. Improving safety of robotic major hepatectomy with extrahepatic inflow control and laparoscopic CUSA parenchymal transection: technical description and initial experience. Surg Endosc. 2022 May;36(5):3270-3276.

Radkani P, Hawksworth J, Fishbein T. Biliary System. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 21st edition. Mar 2, 2021.

Kaufman SS, Hussan E, Kroemer A, Timofeeva O, Pasieka HB, Guerra JF, Yazigi NA, Khan KM, Ekong UD, Subramanian S, Hawksworth JS, Girlanda R, Ghobrial SS, Fishbein TM, Matsumoto CS. Graft Versus Host Disease After Intestinal Transplantation: A Single-center Experience. Transplant Direct. 2021 Jul 19;7(8):e731.

Ghobrial S, Gonzalez CE, Kaufman S, Yazigi N, Matsumoto C, Fishbein T, Hawksworth J, Ekong UD, Kroemer A, Khan K. Anti-plasma cell treatment in refractory autoimmune hemolytic anemia in a child with multivisceral transplant. Pediatr Transplant. 2021 Nov;25(7):e14045.

Weiner J, Svetlicky N, Kang J, Sadat M, Khan K, Duttargi A, Stovroff M, Moturi S, Kara Balla A, Kwon DH, Kallakury B, Hawksworth J, Subramanian S, Yazigi N, Kaufman S, Pasieka HB, Matsumoto CS, Robson SC, Pavletic S, Zasloff M, Fishbein TM, Kroemer A. CD69+ resident memory T cells are associated with graft-versus-host disease in intestinal transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2020 Nov 23.

Kara Balla A, Elsabbagh AM, Khan KM, Kroemer AHK, Hawksworth JS, Yazigi NA, Fishbein TM, Matsumoto CS, Kaufman SS. Factors Associated With 5- and 10-Year Survival After Intestinal Transplantation in Infants and Children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 Nov;71(5):617-623.

Nosé BD, Ottmann SE, Lauria AL, Hawksworth JS. Synchronous Hemihepatectomy With Pancreatectomy Through Application of Associated Liver Partition and Portal Vein Ligation for a Metastatic Gastrinoma. Am Surg. 2020 Oct 30:3134820951493.

Villano AM, Barrak D, Jain A, Meslar E, Radkani P, Chalhoub W, Haddad N, Winslow E, Fishbein T, Hawksworth J. Robot-assisted combined pancreatectomy/hepatectomy for metastatic pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma: case report and review of the literature. Clin J Gastroenterol. 2020 Oct;13(5):973-980.

Hawksworth J, Llore N, Holzner ML, Radkani P, Meslar E, Winslow E, Satoskar R, He R, Jha R, Haddad N, Fishbein T. Robotic Hepatectomy Is a Safe and Cost-Effective Alternative to Conventional Open Hepatectomy: a Single-Center Preliminary Experience. J Gastrointest Surg. 2020 Oct 1.

Kroemer A, Belyayev L, Khan K, Loh K, Kang J, Duttargi A, Dhani H, Sadat M, Aguirre O, Gusev Y, Bhuvaneshwar K, Kallakury B, Cosentino C, Houlihan B, Diaz J, Moturi S, Yazigi N, Kaufman S, Subramanian S, Hawksworth J, Girlanda R, Robson SC, Matsumoto CS, Zasloff M, Fishbein TM. Rejection of intestinal allotransplants is driven by memory T helper type 17 immunity and responds to infliximab. Pediatr Transplant. 2020 Aug 25:e13820.

Belyayev L, Hawksworth J, Khan K, Kaufman S, Subramanian S, Kroemer A, Loh K, Girlanda R, Fishbein TM, Matsumoto CS. Immunologic Complications and Graft Survival in Crohn's Disease and NOD2 Mutant Non-Crohn's Disease Adult Recipients Following Intestine Transplantation. Transplant Direct. 2020 May 21;6(6):e556.

Kang J, Loh K, Belyayev L, Cha P, Sadat M, Khan K, Gusev Y, Bhuvaneshwar K, Ressom H, Moturi S, Kaiser J, Hawksworth J, Robson SC, Matsumoto CS, Zasloff M, Fishbein TM, Kroemer A. Type 3 innate lymphoid cells are associated with a successful intestinal transplant. Am J Transplant. 2020 Jun 28.

Zolper EG, Black CK, Devulapalli C, Wang J, Mahan M, Kroemer AH, Hawksworth JS, Matsumoto CS, Girlanda R, Fishbein TM, Sher SR, Evans KK. Long term outcomes of abdominal wall reconstruction using open component separation and biologic mesh in the liver, kidney, and small bowel transplant population. Hernia. 2020 Jun;24(3):469-479.

Hawksworth J, Fishbein TM. Management of Intestinal Failure. Current Surgical Therapy, 13th edition, ed. John L. Cameron and Andrew M. Cameron. Dec 2, 2019.

Elsabbagh AM, Hawksworth J, Khan KM, Kaufman SS, Yazigi NA, Kroemer A, Smith C, Fishbein TM, Matsumoto CS. Long-term survival in visceral transplant recipients in the new era: A single-center experience. Am J Transplant. 2019 Jul;19(7):2077-2091.

Hawksworth JS, Matsumoto CS. Donor-specific antibody management in intestine transplantation: hope for improving the long-term durability of the intestine allograft? Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2019 Apr;24(2):212-218.

Black CK, Termanini KM, Aguirre O, Hawksworth JS, Sosin M. Solid organ transplantation in the 21st century. Ann Transl Med. 2018 Oct;6(20):409.

Elsabbagh AM, Girlanda R, Hawksworth J, Pichert MD, Williams C, Pozzi A, Kroemer A, Nookala A, Smith C, Matsumoto CS, Fishbein TM. Impact of early reoperation on graft survival after liver transplantation: Univariate and multivariate analysis. Clin Transplant. 2018 Jun;32(6):e13228.

Hawksworth JS, Desai CS, Khan KM, Kaufman SS, Yazigi N, Girlanda R, Kroemer A, Fishbein TM, Matsumoto CS. Visceral transplantation in patients with intestinal-failure associated liver disease: Evolving indications, graft selection, and outcomes. Am J Transplant. 2018 Jun;18(6):1312-1320.

Elsabbagh AM, Williams C, Girlanda R, Hawksworth J, Kroemer A, Mastumoto CS, Fishbein TM. The impact of intercenter sharing on the outcomes of pediatric split liver transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2017. Dec;31(12).

Hawksworth J, Matsumoto C. Intestinal Transplant Techniques: From Isolated Intestine to Intestine in Continuity with Other Organs. Organ and Tissue Transplantation. Solid Organ Transplantation in Infants and Children, ed. Stephen P. Dunn and Simon Horslen, 2017.

Guerra JF, Zasloff M, Lough D, Abdo J, Hawksworth J, Mastumoto C, Girlanda R, Island E, Shetty K, Kaufman S, Fishbein T. Nucleotide oligomerization domain 2 polymorphisms in patients with intestinal failure. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Feb;28(2):309-13.

Hawksworth JS, Rosen-Bronson S, Island ER, Girlanda R, Guerra JF, Valdiconza C, Kishiyama K, Christensen KD, Kozlowski S, Kaufman SS, Little C, Shetty K, Laurin J, Satoskar R, Kallakury B, Fishbein TS, Matsumoto CS. Successful Isolated Intestinal Transplantation In Sensitized Recipients With The Use Of Virtual Crossmatching. Am J Transplant. 2012 Dec;12 Suppl 4:S33-42.

Hawksworth JS, Graybill JC, Brown TS, Gillern SM, Wallace SM, Davis TA, Elster EA, Tadaki DK. Lymphocyte Depletion in Experimental Hemorrhagic Shock in Swine. J Inflammation. 2012 Sep 25;9(1):34.

Hawksworth JS, Leeser D, Jindal R, Falta E, Tadaki D, Elster EA. New Directions for Induction Immunosuppression Strategy in Solid Organ Transplantation. American Journal of Surgery. April, 2009. 197(4):515-24.