IU Health

Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD

IU Health

Transplant Surgery

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Dr. Burcin Ekser’s area of clinical practice is liver and intestine/multivisceral transplants for adults and children.

He received his medical degree from University of Istanbul, Turkey, and University of Padua, Italy, where he also completed his general surgery training. He completed a research fellowship and PhD studies in xenotransplantation and transplant immunology at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an associate professor of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he completed his clinical fellowship in abdominal organ transplant surgery.

Dr. Ekser is the director of transplant research and the xenotransplantation research laboratory at Indiana University. An internationally recognized expert in xenotransplantation research, he currently serves as the chair of the Basic and Translational Research Committee of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) and as a Councilor for the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA). Dr. Ekser has published more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and won several young investigator and rising star awards for his innovative research.

He was recognized with a Red Shoe Award in 2019 for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to family-centered care at Riley Hospital for Children.


Insurance plans accepted by this provider are below.

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Anthem Hoosier Care Connect
  • Anthem Hoosier Healthwise
  • Anthem Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Medicare HMO
  • Anthem Medicare PPO
  • Anthem Pathway Essentials Network
  • Care Source Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Care Source Hoosier Healthwise
Community Health Alliance
  • Community Health Network - Employee Plan
  • ProHealth/Community Health System
  • CorVel/Corecare - Workers Compensation
Coventry/First Health
Deaconess OneCare
  • Encore Workers Compensation
  • Health Alliance Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Indiana Health Network - Workers Compensation
  • Indiana University Health - Workers Compensation
  • IU Health Plans Medicare Advantage
Lutheran Preferred
  • Managed Health Services Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Care Connect
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Healthwise
  • Managed Health Services Medicare Advantage
  • MDWise Excel Healthy Indiana Plan
  • MDWise Excel Hoosier Healthwise
  • Parkview Health Plan Signature Care PPO
  • Point Comfort - Refugee Medical Assistance Program
  • Point Comfort - Unaccompanied Children Program
Select Health Network
Suburban Health Organization
  • The Healthcare Group Encircle
  • The Healthcare Group Encore
  • TriCare Select
  • United DSNP
  • United HealthCare
  • United HealthCare Hoosier Care Connect
  • United HMO
  • United Medicare Advantage
  • United PPO
  • VA - CCN via United Healthcare

Note: Although this listing was accurate at the time of posting, insurances change regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Please confirm with your insurance company that this provider is covered by your plan before your appointment.

Specialties & Details


Transplant Surgery

Conditions & Treatments:

Liver & Intestinal Transplantation, Liver Transplant, Intestine Transplant, Multivisceral Transplant

Additional Languages:

Italian, Turkish



Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine:

University of Istanbul, Turkey

School of Medicine:

University of Padua, Italy


University of Padua, Italy


Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Physician Group:

IU Health Physicians

Links & Awards

        • Professional Awards/Achievements: Research Grant, University of Padua (2003) Scholarship for 6 Years, University of Padua (2004) American Society of Transplantation, European Society of Transplantation Exchange Grant (2007)
        • Professional Awards/Achievements: Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress (2009) Travel Award, The Transplantation Society (2009) Magna Cum Laude, General Surgery, University of Padua (2010)
        • Professional Awards/Achievements: NIH NIAID Training Grant (2011) Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress (2015) Rising Star Award, International Liver Transplantation Society (2015)
        • Professional Awards/Achievements: Best Scientific Manuscript, Italian Transplantation Society (2010) Travel Grant, Federation of Clinical Immunological Societies (2010) Travel Grant, Genzyme Annual Fellows Conference (2011)