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Yuji Kaku, MD

Surgical Director, Cardiogenic Shock Program


Adult Cardiac Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
Heart Failure
Heart Surgery
Heart Transplantation
Mechanical Assist Device
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Ventricular Assist Device Procedure


Yuji Kaku, MD is a cardiac surgeon and surgical director of the cardiogenic shock program at Columbia. Dr. Kaku earned his medical degree from Tohoku University in Japan. After finishing a cardiovascular surgery residency at Tokyo Women’s Medical University in Tokyo, he came to the US to continue his cardiac surgery training and complete fellowships in heart transplant and LVAD at Texas Heart Institute, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Columbia University. Dr. Kaku's focus is in coronary revascularization, heart transplant and LVAD surgery.


Sex differences in patients with cardiogenic shock requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Wang AS, Nemeth S, Kurlansky P, Brodie D, Takayama H, Naka Y, Kaku Y, Fried J, Nir U, Takeda K. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Dec 23: S0022-5223(20)33397-3.

Temporary surgical ventricular assist device for treatment of acute myocardial infarction and refractory cardiogenic shock in the percutaneous device era. Singh SK, Witer L, Kaku Y, Masoumi A, Fried JA, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo PC, Sayer G, Uriel N, Naka Y, Takayama H, Takeda K. J Artificial Organs. 2021 Jan 18. In Press

Serial assessment of HeartMate 3 pump position and inflow angle and effects on adverse events. Shih H, Butler C, Melehy A, Ning Y, Kurlansky P, Kaku Y, Yuzefpolskaya M, Colombo PC, Sayer G, Uriel N, Naka Y, Takeda K. Eur Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 Feb. In Press

Bleeding and thrombotic events during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for postcardiotomy shock. Melehy A, Ning Y, Kurlansky P, Kaku Y, Fried J, Hastie J, Ciolek A, Brodie D, Eisenberger AB, Sayer G, Uriel N, Takayama H, Naka Y, Takeda K. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb. In Press

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for Coronavirus disease 2019: Crisis standards of care. Agerstrand C, Dubois R, Takeda K, Uriel U, Lemaitre P, Fried J, Masoumi A, Cheung EW, Kaku Y, Witer L, Liou P, Gerall C, Klein-Cloud R, Abrams D, Cunningham J, Madahar P, Parekh M, Short B, Yip NH, Serra A, Beck J, Brewer M, Fung K, Mullin D, Oommen R, Stanifer BP, Middlesworth W, Sonett J, Brodie D. ASAIO J. 2021 Mar 1: 67(3): 245-249. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Dec 23: S0022-5223(20)33397-3.