Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Team

Wee, Alvin

Alvin C. Wee, MD

Alvin C. Wee, MD, is the program director for the St.Vincent Transplant Services Renal and Pancreas Transplant Programs. Dr. Wee has been with St.Vincent since January 2009.

Dr. Wee received his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas, College of Medicine and Surgery, Philippines, in 1997. He completed his Urology Residency at the University of the Philippines in 2004. He also pursued a master’s degree during those years. He completed a year of Internal Medicine residency in Ohio, after which he pursued his Renal/Pancreas Transplant fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2006. He was appointed as an associate staff at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute in July 2008. His specialty includes Renal/Pancreas Transplantation, renovascular surgery and minimally invasive urologic surgery.

Dr. Wee has presented multiple poster and oral presentations in national meetings and co-authored book chapters, abstracts and publications. He is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland.


Ghoneim, Islam

Islam A. Ghoneim, MD, Ph.D

Islam A. Ghoneim, MD, Ph.D, has joined the staff as an attending surgeon at St.Vincent Transplant Services. Dr. Ghoneim is also an attending surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, as part of a collaborative partnership between the two organizations. Dr. Ghoneim’s specialty is renal and pancreas transplantation.

Dr. Ghoneim received his medical degree in 1999, his Master of Science degree in Urology in 2003, and his Doctorate of Urology degree in 2007; all from the Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Urology at Cairo University. Dr. Ghoneim completed his Clinical Research Fellowship in 2008 and 2009 at Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute in Cleveland, OH. Most recently he was a Clinical Fellow for Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.

Dr. Ghoneim is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He has an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate) Certificate, Medical Informatics Certificate and an International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

He has co-authored 10 publications, 15 abstracts and six book chapters and theses, including Campbell’s Urology. Dr. Ghoneim has also presented at three national and international conferences.


Govani, Mahendra

Mahendra V. Govani, MD, FRCP (UK)

Mahendra V. Govani, MD, FRCP (UK), is the medical director and transplant nephrologist of the St.Vincent Renal Transplant Program, a role in which he has served in since October 2008. He previously served in the same capacity at Lutheran Kidney Transplant Center at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Before that he was medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program, an associate professor of Clinical Medicine (2003-2007), and an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine (1999-2003) at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Before he moved to Indiana in 1999, he was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Dr. Govani received his medical degree from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University, India, in 1978, and completed his residency at the hospitals affiliated with Sheth KM School of Postgraduate Education and Research in 1981. He received additional training in internal medicine and nephrology at several hospitals including the London Hospital, Whitechapel in the United Kingdom from 1984 to 199l. In 1993, he completed his Fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He also completed a Fellowship in Renal Transplantation in 1994 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. In 1995, Dr. Govani completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Hospital, University of Tennessee in Nashville.

Dr. Govani is board-certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Nephrology. He has also completed UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) approved training for renal transplantation.

Dr. Govani has co-authored 13 publications, five book chapters and more than 20 abstracts along with presentations at numerous national conferences. He has also participated in various academic peer-review activities, including an ad hoc reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation. His research interests are delayed graft function, optimization of immunosuppression, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, BK nephropathy, and ethics in kidney transplantation.

He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation; member of the American Society of Nephrology; and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom.