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Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD

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Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD, is an internationally known heart transplant surgeon and a pioneer in mechanical assist therapy for heart failure. Under his leadership, Columbia University Medical Center’s Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs have earned international recognition for their contributions in developing and testing new cardiac devices and in training cardiothoracic surgeons around the world. Columbia’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.  

Primary Specialties
Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Board Certification
Surgery, General
Education And Training
Osaka University, Japan
BM, 1984 Osaka University Medical School (Japan)
Residency: Osaka University Medical Center
Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Clinical Expertise
Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Surgery, General
Heart Surgery
Cardiac Valve Surgery
Heart Valve Surgery
Aortic Disease
Valve Replacement
Valve Reconstruction/Repair
Thoracic Aneurysm
Open Heart Surgery
Aortic Aneurysm
Pericardial Disease
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Marfan's Syndrome
Aortic Dissection
Cardiac Surgery
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
Arterial Insufficiency
Cardiac Valve Replacement
Mitral Valve Surgery
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
Aneurysm Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Mitral Valve Repair
Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
Heart Valve Repair
Heart Failure
Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
Aneurysm Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
Heart Transplantation
Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery
Aneurysm Aortic Surgery
Aneurysm Repair, Aortic
Bloodless Surgery
Insurance Programs
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Affinity [Essential (Exchange), Medicaid, Medicare]
CIGNA [Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]
Health First [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]
Health Plus - Amerigroup [Medicaid]
Local 1199
Medicaid [NJ, NY]
Medicare [Medicare]
Oscar (Exchange)
Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare]
UnitedHealthcare [HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare, POS, PPO]
VNSNY CHOICE [Select Health]


This provider accepts new patients
Appointment Phone Number:
(212) 305-0828
Primary Office
Milstein Hospital Building
177 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 7-435
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-0828
Fax: (212) 305-2439
Public Transportation: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Non-English Languages Spoken:
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