Kazuhiko Yamada, United States

CCTI, Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Kazuhiko Yamada is Professor of Surgical Science in Surgery (with tenure) and Director, Surgical Research, CCTI.  After he qualified as a Board-certified urologist in Japan, he joined the Transplantation Biology Research Center (TBRC), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as a research fellow in 1994. He was promoted to an Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 1998, to Assistant Professor of Surgery in 2000 and to Associate Professor of Surgery in 2004 at HMS and was appointed to Director, Surgical Research, TBRC, MGH. Dr. Yamada joined the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology (CCTI) and is appointed to Professor of Surgical Science in Surgery and Director, Surgical Research, CCTI as of July 1, 2015. Dr. Yamada has a broad background in transplantation immunology, as well as in transplant surgery.  He has conducted both allogeneic and xenogeneic transplantation projects in TBRC, MGH and currently in CCTI, CUMC. He has been responsible for seeking mechanisms of transplant tolerance in pre-clinical large animal models and developing innovative strategies for the induction of tolerance across both allogeneic and xenogeneic barriers in large animal translational research models. More specifically, he has extensively studied the role of the thymus and vascularization of cells/tissue in the induction of tolerance. He has developed innovative composite vascularized organs known as thymo-kidneys and islet-kidneys. His research projects have been supported NIH grants as well as other research foundations.  He served as a Councilor of IXA and as an editorial board member of several major journals in the field of transplantation, and he has hosted four transplant congresses. His research was introduced in Nature Med (http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v18/n1/box/nm0112-12_BX1.html, 2012), Nature Review (2013), JASN (2014), Harvard Med Focus and a in book “Xeno Chronicles” (2005. G. Wayne Miller). He has published over 180 original articles and eleven of his fellows received 12 congress awards, including a Mentor/Mentee award from the Transplantation Society.   His laboratory and office are located on Black building 17th floor in CCTI and his email address is ky2323@columbia.edu.

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