Quick Facts
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    Minimally Invasive Surgery
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    Surgical Oncology
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    Primary Location:
    MetroHealth Medical Center

Get to Know Dr. Kevin M. El-Hayek

Dr. Kevin El-Hayek relocated to MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio, from the Cleveland Clinic in 2019. He brought his expertise in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, also known as HIPEC, a procedure used in combination with cytoreductive surgery to treat peritoneal mesothelioma.

“Someone with mesothelioma, who normally could have expected to live for months, could now expect a 50% chance at a five-year survival,” El-Hayek said of the procedure. “So that’s someone who could now expect to make it to their daughter’s graduation, to see them get married.”

El-Hayek joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2013. He previously completed a residency in general surgery and two fellowships in flexible surgical endoscopy and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

“It’s also important for me to know what the patient wants. Sometimes a patient will ask me, ‘What would you do, doctor?’ I often put that back to them,” he said. “It’s important for me to understand exactly what their wishes are. We talk a lot about risks and benefits, and getting to know exactly what they want.”

Specialties of Dr. Kevin M. El-Hayek

Dr. Kevin M. El-Hayek’s Experience and Medical Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Residency)
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Fellowship)

Awards and Certifications

  • Board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery

Publications of Dr. Kevin M. El-Hayek

  • Peng, J.S. et al. (2020, August). Neoadjuvant chemoradiation is associated with decreased lymph node ratio in borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: A propensity score matched analysis. Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International. 
  • Hasan, L.Z. et al. (2020, August). Surgical infective endocarditis and concurrent splenic abscess requiring splenectomy: a case series and review of the literature. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
  • Strong, A.T. et al. (2019, October). Safety and Feasibility of Per-Oral Pyloromyotomy as Augmentative Therapy after Prior Gastric Electrical Stimulation for Gastroparesis. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.