Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD

Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD
Specialties: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
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525 East 68th Street
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New York, NY 10065
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About Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD

Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD, is an internationally known heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer in mechanical assist therapy for heart failure. Under his leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian has earned international recognition for its contributions in developing and testing new cardiac devices and in training cardiothoracic surgeons around the world. NewYork-Presbyterian’s heart transplant program is the largest U.S. heart transplant program by volume. Dr. Naka’s clinical specialties include adult cardiac surgery for coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support device implantation. His research has focused on cardiac and pulmonary transplantation, organ preservation, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, vein graft disease after bypass surgery, and outcomes of clinical mechanical circulatory support device surgery and heart transplantation. He has been a lead investigator in several clinical trials paving the way in the research and innovation of new approaches to mechanical circulatory assistance, including use of these devices as destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. Dr. Naka earned his medical and post-doctoral degrees at the Osaka University Medical School in Japan. Upon his arrival at Columbia University in 1993, he began his specialization in cardiac and pulmonary transplantation, in research efforts. He finished his training in 1998, having completed a research fellowship in cardiac and pulmonary transplantation and a visiting clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery, after which he joined the cardiac surgery faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Naka is now the heart transplant surgical director at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital

Expertise

  • Aneurysm Aortic Surgery

  • Aortic Disease

  • Aortic Dissection

  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve

  • Coronary Artery Bypass

  • Heart Failure Surgery

  • Heart Surgery

  • Heart Transplantation

  • Heart Valve Surgery

  • Marfan's Syndrome

  • Mechanical Circulatory Support (heart pump)

  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

  • Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery

  • Pericardial Disease

  • Tumor of the heart

Education

  • Medical School: Osaka University Medical School (Japan)

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Awards

  • New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2005 - present
  • Socrates Award, 2016
  • Cournand and Comroe Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association, 1995
  • First Prize. Residents Research Prize Competition, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, 1994
  • First Prize. Residents Research Prize Competition, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, 1995
  • Young Investigators Award, Japanese Association of Thoracic Surgery, 1988
  • Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine, 2010 AHA

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