Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD

Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Surgery, General
Languages: Japanese
Office Phone: (212) 305-0828
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Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors

Biography

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.  

Area of Expertise

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Education

Osaka University, Japan

BM, 1984 Osaka University Medical School (Japan)

Residency: Osaka University Medical Center

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Publications

  • Wasson LT, Yuzefpolskaya M, Wakabayashi M, Takayama H, Naka Y, Uriel N, Jorde UP, Demmer RT, Colombo PC. Heart Fail Rev. Epub, 2014.
  • Takeda K, Takayama H, Kalesan B, Uriel N, Colombo PC, Jorde UP, Naka Y. Long-term outcome of patients on continuous-flow left ventricular assist device suppot. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 148: 1606-1614, 2014.
  • Landes E, Naka Y, Takeda K, Takayama H. Single center experience with a minimally invasive apicoaxillary external left ventricular assist device. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014. Epub.
  • Kato TS, Lippel M, Naka Y, Mancini DM, Schulze PC. Post-transplant survival estimation using pre-operative albumin levels. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014. 33:547-548.
  • Fried J, Han J, Naka Y, Jorde UP, Uriel N. Myocardial infarction after left ventricular assist device implantation: clinical course, role of aortic root thrombus, and outcomes. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014. 33:112-115.
  • John R, Naka Y, Park SJ, Sai-Sudhakar C, Salerno C, Sundareswaran KS, Farrar DJ, Milano CA. Impact of concurrent surgical valve procedures in patients receiving continuous-flow devices. J Thoratec Cardiovasc Surg. 2014. 147:581-589.
  • Khawaja T, Chokshi a, Ji R, Kato TS, Xu K, Zizola C, Wu C, Forman DE, Ota T, Kennel PJ, Takayama H, Naka Y, George I, Mancini D, Schulze PC. Erratum to: ventricular assist device implantation improves skeletal muscle function, oxidative capacity, and growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis signaling in patients with advanced heart failure. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Musle 2014. Epub.
  • Khawja T, Chokshi A, Ji R, Kato TS, Xu K, Zizola C, Wu C, Forman DE, Ota T, Kennel P, Takayama H, Naka Y, George I, Mancini D, Schulze CP. Ventricular assiste device implantation improves skeletal muscle function, oxidative capacity, and growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis signaling in patients with advanced heart failure. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2014. Epub.
  • Fried J, Levin AP Mody KM, Garan AR, Yuzefpolskaya M, Takayama H, Diuguid DL, Naka Y, Jorde U, Uriel N. Prior hematologic conditions carry a high morbidity and mortality in patients supported with continuous flow left ventricular assist devices. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Epub.
  • Pronschinske KB, Qiu S, Wu C, Kato TS, Khawaja T, Takayama H, Naka Y, Templeton DL George I, Farr MA, Mancini DM, Christian Schulze P. Neutrophil gelatinase- associated lipocalin and cystatin C for the prediction of clinical events in patients with advanced heart failure and after ventricular assist device placement. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Epub.
  • Takayama H, Soni L, Kalesan B, Truby LK, Ota T, Cedola S, Khapley Z, Uriel N, Colombo P, Mancini DM, Jorde UP, Naka Y. Bridge-to-decision therapy with a continuous flow external ventricular assist device in refractory cardiogenic shock of various etiologies. Circ Heart Fail. 2014, Epub.
  • Uriel N, Numi N, Colombo PC, Yuzefpolskaya M, Restaino SW, Han J, Thomas SS, Garan AR, Takayama H, Mancini DM, Naka Y, Jorde UP. Advanced heart failure in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus: Is there equal access to care? J Heart Lung Transplant 2014. Epub.
  • Moazami N, Steffen RJ, Naka Y, Norde U, Bailey S, Murali S, Camacho MT, Zucker M, Marascalco PJ, Rao V, Feldman D; SUSTANI investigators. Lessons learned from the first fully magnetically levitated centrifugal LVAD trial in the United States: The DuraHeart Trial. Ann Thorac Surg 2014. Epub.
  • Thomas SS, Naumi N, Han J, Lippel M, Colombo P, Yuzefpolskaya M, Takayama H, Naka Y, Uriel N, Jorde P. Pre-operative mortality risk assessment in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices: Application of the HeartMate II risk score. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014. Epub.
  • Ascheim DD, Gelijns AS, Goldstein D, Moye LA, Smedila N, Lee S, Klodell CT, Szady A, Parides MK, Jeffries NO, Skerrett D, Taylor DA, Rame JE, Milano C, Rogers JG, Lynch J, Dewey T, Eichhorn E, Sun B, Feldman D, Simari R, O’Gara PT, Taddei-Peters WC, Miller MA, Naka Y, Begiella E, Rose EA, Woo YJ. Mesenchymal precursor cells as adjunctive therapy in recipients of contemporary left ventricular assist devices. Circulation 2014. 129:2287-2296.
  • Kato TS, Jiang J, Schulze PC, Jorde U, Uriel N, Kitada S, Takayama H, Naka Y, Mancinic D, Gillam L, Homma S, Farr M. Serial echocardiography using tissue Doppeler and speckle tracking imaging to monitor right ventricular failure before and after left ventricular assist device surgery. JACC Heart Fail. 2013. 1: 216-222.
  • Garan AR, Iyer V, Whang W, Mody KP, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo PC, Te-Frey R, Takayama H, Naka Y, Garan H, Jorge UP, Uriel N. Catheter ablation for ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients supported by continuous flow left ventricular assist devices. ASAIO J. 2014. Epub.
  • Jorde UP, Kushwaha SS, Tatooles AJ, Naka Y, Bhat G, Long JW, Horstmanshof DA, Kormos RL, Teuteberg JJ, Slaughter MS, Birks EJ, Farrar DJ, Park SJ; HeartMate II Clinical Investigators. Results of the destination therapy post-FDA-approval study with a continuous flow left ventricular assist device: A prospective study using the INTEWMACS Registry. J Am Coll Cardiolol. 2014. Pii:S0735-1097.
  • Morrison KA, Jorde UP, Garan AR, Takayama H, Naka Y, Uriel N. Acquired von Willebrand disease during CentriMag support is associated with high prevalence of bleeding during support and after transition to heart replacement therapy. ASAIO J. 2014. 60: 241-242.
  • Chung CJ, Wu C, Jones M, Kato TS, Dam TT, Givens R, Templeton DL, Maurer MC, Naka Y, Takayama H, Mancini DM, Schulze PC. Reduced handgrip strength as a marker of frailty predicts clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure undergoing ventricular assist device placement. J Card Fail. 2014. Pii: S1071-9164.
  • Mody KP, Takayama H, Landes E, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo PC, Naka Y, Jorde UP, Uriel N. Acute mechanical circulatory support o fulminant myocardiogenic shock. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 201. 7:156-64.
  • Nishimura T, Ota T, Takayama H, Naka Y. Extended trans-septal and left atrial dome incision combined with Manouguian’s aortotomy for complex double valve surgery. Eur J Cardiothoracic Surg. 2014. Epub.
  • Jorde UP, Uriel N, Nahumi N, Bejar D, Gonzalez-Constello J, Thomas SS, Han J, Morrison KA, Jones S, Kodali S, Hahn RT, Shames S, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo P, Takayama H, Naka Y. Prevalence, significance, and management of aortic insufficiency in continuous flow left ventricular assist device recipients. Circ Heart Fail. 2014. Epub.
  • Uriel N, Han J, Morrison KA, Naumi N, Yuzefpolskaya M, Garan AR, Duong J, Colombo PC, Takayam H, Thomas S, Naka Y, Jorde UP. Device thrombosis in HeartMate II continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices: A multifactorial phenomenon. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013. Epub.
  • Takeda K, Naka Y, Yang JA, Uriel N, Colombo PC, Jorde UP, Takayama H. Timing of temporary right ventricular assist device insertion for severe right heart failure after left ventricular assist device implantation. ASAIO J. 2013. 59:564-569
  • Wang DY, Kelly LA, Richmond ME, Quinn TA, Cheng B, Spotnitz MD, Cabreriza SE, Naka Y, Stewart AS, Smith CR, Spotnitz HM. Feasibility of temporary biventricular pacing after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with reduced left ventricular function. Tex Heart Inst J. 2013: 40: 403-409.
  • Kato TS, Colombo PC, Nahumi N, Kitada S, Takayama H, Naka Y, Di Tullio MR, Homma S, Mancini D, Jorde UP, Uriel N. Value of serial echo-guided rump studies in a patient with suspicion of device thrombosis after left ventricular assist device implantation. Echocardiography. 2013. Epub.
  • Bartoli CR, Demarest CT, Khalpey Z, Takayama H, Naka Y. Current management of left ventricular assist device erosion. J Card Surg 2013. Epub.
  • Ota T, Yerebakan H, Akashi H, Takayama H, Uriel N, Colombo PC, Jorde UP, and Naka Y. Continuous-flow left ventricular assist device exchange: clinical outcomes. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013. Epub.
  • Takeda K, Naka Y, Yang JA, Uriel N, Colombo PC, Jorde UP, Takayama H. Outcome of unplanned right ventricular assist device support for severe right heart failure after implantable left ventricular assist device insertion. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013. Epub.

Book Chapters

  • Hill JD, Farrar DJ, Naka Y, Chen JM, Portner PM, Loisance D. Positive Displacement Ventricular Assist Devices. In: Mechanical Circulatory Support. ISHLT Monograph Series. Editors. Frazier OH, and Kirklin JK. Elsevier Saunders. Pp 53-76. 2006.
  • Dang NC, Oz MC, Naka Y. Ventricular Assist. In: Kaiser LR, Kron IL, Spray TL eds. Mastery of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2nd edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pp 500-509, 2006.
  • Aggarwal S, Cheema F, Oz MC, Naka Y. Long-term Mechanical Circulatory Support. In Cohn LH ed. Cardiac Surgery in the Adult. 3rd edition. McGraw Hill Medical, New York, Pp 1609-1627. 2006.
  • Naka Y, Rose EA. Assisted Circulation in the Treatment of Heart Failure. In Zippes, Libby, Bonow, Mann, eds Braunwald’s Heart Disease 8th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Saunders. 2007: pp 685-696.
  • Morgan JA, Oz MC, Naka Y. Ventricular assist devices. In Sellke FW, del Nido PJ, Swanson SJ, eds Sabiston & Spencer Surgery of the Chest. 8th ed. Elsevier Saunders, 2010; pp1507-1524.
  • Sayer G, Naka Y, Jorde UP. Ventricular assist device therapy in advanced heart failure – State of the art. In Jeremias and Brown eds Cardiac Intensive Care 2nd ed. Elsevier Saunders, 2010; pp 576-585.
  • Takayama H, Worku B, Naka Y. Chapter 11. Postoperative Management of the patient with a Ventricular Assist Device. In: Sladen RN, Fanshawe M, editors. A Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Monograph. Postoperative Cardiac Care. Chapter 11. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams&Wilkins; 2011, p191-206.
  • Takayama H, Naka Y. HeartMate II. In: Matsuda H, ed. Heart Transplantation. Tokyo, Japan: Springer Japan; 2011: 4.4.5.
  • Takayama H, Worku B, Naka Y. Chapter 66. Long-term Mechanical Circulatory Support. In: Cohn LH editor. Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, 4th edition. McGraw Hill Medical; 2012, p1353-1372.
  • Takayama H, Yang J, Naka Y. Chapter 152. Cardiothoracic Surgery on Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices. In: Franco KL, Thourani VH, editors. Cardiothoracic Surgery Review. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams&Wilkins; 2012.
  • Takayama H, Yang J, Naka Y. Chapter 177. Redo Heart Transplantation (Columbia Experience). In: Franco KL, Thourani VH, editors. Cardiothoracic Surgery Review. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams&Wilkins; 2012.
  • Takayama H, Thomas S, Naka Y. Chapter 6. Transplant versus VAD: Evolving and Future Perspectives. In Shunei Kyo, editor. Ventricular assist devices in advanced-stage heart failure. Springer 2014.

Books

  • Deng M and Naka Y. Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy in Advanced Heart Failure. 2007. Imperial Press.
  • Morgan J and Naka Y. Surgical Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure. 2013. Springer.
Locations

Milstein Hospital Building

177 Fort Washington Avenue
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New York, NY 10032

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Professor of Surgery at CUMC

  • 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