Kamal M.F. Itani, MD

Professor, Surgery

Kamal Itani
1400 VFW Parkway


Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, Chief of surgery at the VA Boston Health Care System is a Professor of Surgery at Boston University. Dr Itani attended medical school at the American University of Beirut, residency in surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Prior to his move to Boston, Dr. Itani was an Associate Professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and The Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine. He was also Chief of General Surgery at the Houston VA Medical Center and a staff surgeon at The Ben Taub General Hospital.

Dr. Itani’s primary clinical interest is in surgical infections, and abdominal wall reconstruction with a research focus on the improvement of health services and surgical outcomes within his areas of clinical interest. He is the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, and book chapters and is the investigator, co-investigator on several projects.

Dr Itani is a member of various surgical organizations and has served in various leadership positions in these organizations. He is a past President of the Association of VA surgeons, The Surgical Infection Society, and past chair of the surgical quality data use group ,the research arm of the VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program (VASQIP) and past chair of the research committee of the American College of surgeons. He is currently a governor of The Americas Hernia Society and a council member of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the editorial board of JAMA surgery and Surgical Infection, and is a reviewer for several medical and surgical journals.
Over the course of his career, Dr Itani has received numerous National and International awards and recognitions. Dr Itani was recently profiled in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.( Profiles in surgical research Kamal M.F. Itani, MD, FACS)

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • American University of Beirut, MD
  • American University of Beirut, BS


  • Published on 8/12/2021

    Dipp Ramos R, O'Brien WJ, Gupta K, Itani KMF. Re-Infection after Explantation of Infected Hernia Mesh: Are the Same Micro-Organisms Involved? Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2021 Aug 12. PMID: 34388028.

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  • Published on 6/21/2021

    Graham LA, Hawn MT, Dasinger EA, Baker SJ, Oriel BS, Wahl TS, Richman JS, Copeland LA, Itani KMF, Burns EA, Whittle J, Morris MS. Psychosocial Determinants of Readmission After Surgery. Med Care. 2021 Jun 21. PMID: 34149017.

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  • Published on 4/7/2021

    Merkow RP, Kaji AH, Itani KMF. The CONSORT Framework. JAMA Surg. 2021 Apr 07. PMID: 33825818.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Lipshy KA, Itani K, Chu D, Bahadursingh A, Spector S, Raman K, Dardik A, Tzeng E, Ballantyne GH, John PR, Cmolik B, Maloney J, Kozol R, Longo WE. Sentinel Contributions of US Department of Veterans Affairs Surgeons in Shaping the Face of Health Care. JAMA Surg. 2021 Apr 01; 156(4):380-386. PMID: 33471058.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Itani KMF, Rivard PE. Identifying Risks and Opportunities in Outpatient Surgical Patient Safety: A Qualitative Analysis of Veterans Health Administration Staff Perceptions. J Patient Saf. 2021 Apr 01; 17(3):e177-e185. PMID: 29112029.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Kim NE, Moseley JM, O'Neal P, Whang E, Itani KMF, Kristo G. Retired Surgeons as Mentors for Surgical Training Graduates Entering Practice: An Underutilized Resource. Ann Surg. 2021 03 01; 273(3):613-617. PMID: 30907756.

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  • Published on 2/15/2021

    Dipp Ramos R, O'Brien WJ, Gupta K, Itani KMF. Incidence and Risk Factors for Long-Term Mesh Explantation Due to Infection in More than 100,000 Hernia Operation Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2021 Jun; 232(6):872-880.e2. PMID: 33601005.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Kelz RR, Sellers MM, Niknam BA, Sharpe JE, Rosenbaum PR, Hill AS, Zhou H, Hochman LL, Bilimoria KY, Itani K, Romano PS, Silber JH. A National Comparison of Operative Outcomes of New and Experienced Surgeons. Ann Surg. 2021 02 01; 273(2):280-288. PMID: 31188212.

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  • Published on 1/15/2021

    Portuondo JI, Itani KMF, Massarweh NN. Association Between Postoperative Complications and Long-term Survival after Non-cardiac Surgery among Veterans. Ann Surg. 2021 Jan 15. PMID: 33630458.

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  • Published on 12/17/2020

    Strymish JM, O' Brien W, Itani K, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. What Is the Primary Driver of Preoperative Vancomycin Use? It's Not Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-or Allergy. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 12 17; 71(10):2732-2735. PMID: 32337589.

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