Hello! My name is Dr. Hiroo Takayama and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Tokyo in 1996. To date, I have performed approximately 1,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that I have an expertise in operating on patients with complex aortic disease and/or significant heart failure.
These patients are often deemed inoperable elsewhere, and usually require a specific perioperative care to protect a previously damaged heart that may also require temporary circulatory support.
"Doctor Takayama took the time to answer any and all questions both before and after surgery. He explained what was to be done during the surgery which gave me a warm feeling. He was warm and caring both to me and my wife before and after surgery. We need more doctors like him. Surgery results were excellent."
-- Allen Galloway, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2016
"Dr Takayama took the utmost care regarding my surgery. He explained each procedure and how long the recovery time will be. His team was detailed and answered any question my family and I had. He always heard any concerns I had. I would recommend Dr Takayama and their to any my friends and family."
-- Antionette SURACE, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2016
-- JOHN HAYDEN, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 02/04/2016
-- BAYI MENG, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 01/21/2016
-- Robert J. Postlethwaite, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/06/2015
-- Teresa Fox, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/23/2015
-- John Urban, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 11/13/2014
-- Eugene Hamilton, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/06/2014
-- Phyllis Knecht, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/22/2014
-- roger o'sullivan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/08/2014
-- William Goodale, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/01/2014
I was discharged from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery a week later. Dr. Takayama, all the super trained nurses and the whole staff created an atmosphere which told you that what you were doing was serious, they were very capable and did it all the time and that you were to be fine when it was finished.
Six weeks later, I felt better than before surgery and was back at work and by eight weeks my exercise tolerance is more than 3.5 mph for 30 minutes.
I am very thankful for the skill, dedication and results Dr. Takayama, Columbia Presbyterian and staff delivered. When my heart and future hung in balance, they saved me."
-- Arthur Birnkrant, MD, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 06/19/2014
Dr. Takayama was generous with his time in meeting with me and my family before the surgery. He patiently and thoroughly answered all our questions, including those from my son who is a post doc at MIT.
After surgery, I saw Dr. Takayama and his PA practically every morning as he made his rounds.
I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Takayama."
-- Michael Schiffres, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 06/10/2014
-- Salvatore De Rosa, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/28/2014
I feel like I am transforming to a younger age. I am starting my new life. After surgery, I gradually recovered. Now, I can walk 2 blocks without break."
-- Jinzhi Wang, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/23/2014
If that wasn't noteworthy enough, Dr. Takayama made the time to visit me each day of my hospital stay. Equally as important, he spent time with my at my final follow-up with the PA. Not only is this surgeon gifted, he is humble, precise, and truly there for his patients.
I would recommend him to any and all who need open-heart surgery."
-- Michael Hunter, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 02/19/2014
Dr. Takayama is one of the best surgeons when it comes to valve repair; in my case two other surgeons did not provide any other options other than valve replacement, but Dr. Takayama was confident that my original valve could be repaired. The surgery was very successful and I recovered very well.
My whole hearted thanks to Dr. Takayama and his wonderful dedicated team. There are many unknowns in life and sometimes one has to make a giant leap of faith, I feel I took the best decision of my life by consulting Dr. Hiroo Takayama."
-- Leju Nair, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 01/24/2014
-- John Bellantoni, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/24/2013
He takes the time to answer all questions and educates the patient and family. John can now lead a normal & longer life w/out shortness of breath and without congestive heart failure."
-- John Bruckman, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 12/10/2013
I don't think I was an easy patient. At 43, I needed a lot of convincing that I needed the surgery. Dr. Takayama was professional and patient with me every step of the way providing a lot of clear and useful information. He explained at length the need for surgery, the operation he was planning to perform, and the various options and alternatives during several visits. I believe his willingness to provide all this information patiently, including the uncertainties and risks, helped me to trust him for this surgery. He is a good listener and a communicator. I know that he and his team also kept my cardiologist and primary care physician in the loop about my care and condition.
I also think that the successful outcome of my surgery has a lot to do with the entire team under the leadership of Dr. Takayama at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Being an informed and well-prepared patient is important to me; I was able to get all of my questions answered, and I felt like I could partner with him and his team in managing my medical care."
-- Ataman Ozyildirim, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 09/24/2013
-- mike seeler, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Median Sternotomy, 02/21/2013
-- Linda Crampton, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/24/2010
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Hiroo Takayama, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Tokyo in 1996.
Under the direction of Dr. Hiroo Takayama, the Aortic Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia) includes a multidisciplinary group of doctors dedicated to the medical and surgical management of complex aortic disease.
Dr. Takayama offers expertise in all types of acute and chronic aortic problems including: * Aortic root reconstruction * Valve-sparing aortic root replacement * Aortic valve repair * Thoracic aortic aneurysms * Aortic dissection * Mechanical and biological valve conduits * Minimally invasive methods of aneurysm repair
At NYPH/Columbia's Aortic Surgery Program, we offer cutting-edge surgical care for both elective and emergency aortic procedures. We are actively researching the causes of, and new treatment alternatives for, serious aortic disease. We offer long-term follow up care, particularly for patients with residual dissections or connective tissue disorders.