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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
Thoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Board Certification
Surgery, General
Education And Training
Osaka University, Japan
BM, Osaka University Medical School (Japan)
Residency: Osaka University Medical Center
Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Clinical Expertise
Surgery, General
Thoracic Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Heart Surgery
Heart Valve Surgery
Cardiac Valve Surgery
Bloodless Surgery
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Aneurysm Repair, Aortic
Aneurysm Repair
Aneurysm Aortic Surgery
Aortic Dissection
Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
Aneurysm Surgery
Arterial Insufficiency
Aortic Disease
Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery
Aortic Aneurysm
Cardiac Surgery
Heart Failure
Heart Valve Repair
Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Mitral Valve Surgery
Cardiac Valve Replacement
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Transplantation
Coronary Artery Bypass
Marfan's Syndrome
Pericardial Disease
Open Heart Surgery
Thoracic Aneurysm
Valve Reconstruction/Repair
Valve Replacement
Insurance Programs
Please contact the doctor's office to verify that your insurance is accepted.
Aetna [Columbia University Employee Plan]
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
Oxford Health Plans [Medicare]
United Healthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, 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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