About Dr. Hiroo Takayama,
Heart Valve Surgeon
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 4,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,000 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 minimally invasive surgery for heart valve and aortic disease. Each year, I perform over 300 heart surgeries as Director of Columbia Cardiovascular Institute and co-Director of Columbia Aortic Center. Heart valve and aortic disease may occur at any age. A fast return to normal life is important to our patients. For that reason, I aggressively apply an endovascular approach. Even when open-heart surgery is needed, I perform minimally invasive surgery to facilitate a fast recovery.
Additionally, my expertise in aortic, cardiac and heart failure surgery allows me to provide unique and comprehensive care for patients with valve disease and/or a weak heart. These patients require specific peri-operative care to protect a previously damaged heart at the time of the heart valve surgery. In some cases, my patients may be deemed inoperable at other cardiac center.
Collaborating with the Columbia cardiovascular specialists, our team achieves one of the best outcomes in the nation. We have published extensive research on our outcomes for heart valve and aortic disease.
38 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Takayama performed an amazing surgery. He repaired my aortic valve (instead of a replacement) which is a permanent procedure - no synthetic or animal valve.
He is not only one of the best heart surgeon in the world... Dr. Takayama's human qualities are tremendous. He cares about all aspects of the human being.
Also, the ICU team at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital is a dream. At no time did I feel insecure or scared. Now, 2 months after surgery, I am in cardiac rehab, working out, rowing and walking a few miles!
So, do I recommend Dr. Takayama? Absolutely!!!!"
-- Yves Durif , Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 01/12/2022
"I was very nervous but Dr. Takayama and his team put me at ease and explained every step to my wife and me.
Dr. Takayama did an absolute fabulous job. Now, I feel great. He checked in with me every day before-and-after the surgery.
Dr. Takayama has a great way with people and he really puts you at ease when he talks. I can’t thank him enough for saving my life!"
-- Kenneth O Connor, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/28/2021
-- Joseph Altobell, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 03/19/2021
-- Husein Sonara M.D, Mitral Valve, 08/19/2020
-- Mike Cannon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/05/2018
-- Milano Reyna, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 07/09/2018
My recovery has been 100% successful. I am very satisfied with the surgical outcomes."
-- Alex Miller, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 05/03/2018
-- Raymond Ragozzino, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/22/2018
-- Goemarus Stam, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 02/08/2018
-- Marisol Tavarez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/05/2018
-- Albert Tripoli, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 01/02/2018
-- Linda Johnson, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/11/2017
The surgical procedure was explained in detail and he also told me this is a fix. This procedure will give you a better quality of life. Dr Takayama is the best! All around surgeon you can ask for.Top of the line expertise in his talents for the heart surgery. My results were astonishing and exactly what he predicted.
I feel completely normal after 4 weeks but the sternum is a little sensitive but without pain. My life hasn't changed because of the open heart surgery I feel great. I'm happy to be so lucky that I had Dr Hirro Takayama as my surgeon and Doctor now and forever. I couldn't ask for any thing more!!"
-- Thomas Bifulco, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 10/22/2017
-- Ruzica Krasic, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 10/02/2017
-- Ken Musillo, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/29/2017
-- Jason Lopez, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 08/16/2017
-- Alex P., Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/13/2016
-- Allen Galloway, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2016
-- 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
-- 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
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Minimally Invasive and Endovascular Surgery
- Aortic Valve Repair, Aortic Valve Replacement & Mitral Valve Repair
- Heart Failure and Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Aortic Aneurysm and Bicuspid Aortic Valve
- Valve-Sparing Aortic Root & Aortic Dissection
- Marfan Syndrome, Heart Failure, Ventricular Support & Heart Transplants
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Hiroo Takayama, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Tokyo in 1996.
He then completed a general surgery residency at University of Washington. Following his completion of a cardiothoracic residency program at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Takayama joined the faculty at Columbia in 2009, assuming the following roles at present: * Director of Columbia Cardiovascular Institute * Co-Director of Columbia Aortic Center * Co-Director of Columbia Marfan Clinic * Co-Director of Columbia Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
Under the direction of Dr. Hiroo Takayama, the Columbia Aortic Center Program includes a multidisciplinary group of doctors dedicated to the medical and surgical management of complex aortic disease, offering cutting-edge surgical care for both elective and emergency aortic procedures.
Dr. Takayama and his team are actively researching the causes of, and new treatment alternatives for, serious aortic disease. The Aortic Center offers long-term follow up care, particularly for patients with residual dissections or connective tissue disorders.
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Page last updated: March 12, 2022