Benjamin Philosophe, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Surgical Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Professor of Surgery

Languages: English, French, Hebrew


Bile Duct Cancer, Biliary Tract Surgery, Cirrhosis, Gallbladder Cancer, Hepatic Surgery, Hepatitis, Hepatobiliary Disease, Hepatobiliary Malignancies, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, Laparoscopic Pancreas Surgery, Live Donor Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Cysts, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Evaluation, Liver Tumors, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Bilary Surgery, Robotic Liver Surgery, Robotic Pancreas Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery more

Research Interests

Prediction of donor organ functionality; Liver Fibrosis more

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Dr. Benjamin Philosophe is the surgical director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. He also serves as the lead transplant surgeon at Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Hepatology Multidisciplinary Center.

Dr. Philosophe was the first physician to perform robotic total right and total left hepatic resections in the state of Maryland. He has expanded the application of minimally invasive surgical approaches to other hepatobiliary diseases and has improved outcomes and reduced effects of surgery on these patients. Dr. Philosophe practices out of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., as well as Johns Hopkins Community Physician locations in Bethesda, Md. and Lutherville, Md. He is also affiliated with Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center. 

Dr. Philosophe has a wide range of expertise, including cirrhosis; hepatic surgery, hepatitis, hepatobiliary conditions and surgeries; biliary tract surgery and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery; laparoscopic surgeries; vascular surgery; and robotic surgeries. He also has an expertise in various kinds of transplant surgeries, such as kidney, live donor liver, liver and pancreas, as well as various kinds of cancer, such as bile duct, gallbladder, hepatocellular, liver and pancreatic.

Dr. Philosophe earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, followed by a liver transplantation fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Philosophe also completed a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland, where he went on to work as a professor of surgery and the head of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. 

Dr. Philosophe is a member of the American Board of Surgery, the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Transplantation Society and the International Liver Transplantation Society. He has earned a Super Doctors Award in general surgery from the Washington Post Magazine, as well as a Top Doctor Award for hepatobiliary surgery and transplant specialists from Baltimore Magazine. Dr. Philosophe has also been repeatedly named one of America’s Top Doctors and one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer by Castle Connolly. 

Dr. Philosophe has contributed to numerous publications and presentations. His research interests include uncovering the mechanisms that contribute to transplant rejection and determining characteristics that can be used to better predict donor organ function. He has completed pioneering work in developing a scoring system called the Maryland Aggregate Pathology Index (MAPI), which is used by transplant surgeons worldwide to assess the likelihood of a deceased donor’s kidney function after transplantation. MAPI has increased the utilization of donor kidneys and saved many lives. more


  • Surgical Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
  • Professor of Surgery

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  • MD PhD; Boston University School of Medicine (1990)


  • General Surgery; Barnes-Jewish Hospital (1995)


  • Transplant Surgery; University of Maryland Medical Center (1998)
  • Liver Transplantation; University of Toronto (1997)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery) (2001)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Among Dr. Philosophe's research interests are uncovering the mechanisms that contribute to transplant rejection and determining characteristics that can be used to better predict donor organ function. His accomplishments include pioneering work in developing a novel scoring system Maryland Aggregate Pathology Index (MAPI) used by transplant surgeons throughout the world to assess the likelihood of a deceased donor kidneys function after transplantation. This algorithm has increased the utilization of donor kidneys and saved many lives.

Activities & Honors


  • Super Doctors Award (General Surgery), Washington Post Magazine
  • Top Docs Award for (Hepatobiliary Surgery and Transplant Specialists), Baltimore Magazine


  • American Board of Surgery
  • Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • The Transplantation Society
  • International Liver Transplantation Society

Videos & Media

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    Why Come to Johns Hopkins for a Kidney Transplant

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    Why Come to Johns Hopkins for a Liver Transplant

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