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Masaki Tsukashita

Masaki Tsukashita, M.D., Ph.D.

Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue
14th floor, South Tower
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
United States
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Toronto General Hospital Research Fellow (2010-2011)
NYU hospital center Clinical Fellow (2011-2014)
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Assistant Surgeon (2014-2015)
Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh) Assistant Professor (2015.12-)

Other Interests

Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support (ECMO, Impella, CentriMag, implantable LVAD)

Aortic Surgery (aneurysm, aortic dissection)

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Valve surgery

Coronary artery bypass

Arrhythmia Surgery (Maze)




1. Kanwar M, Brener M, Tsukashita M, Murali S, Burkhoff D. Right Ventricular Pressure-Volume Analysis During a Left Ventricular Assist Device Speed Optimization Study. Circ Heart Fail. 2021

2. Chakravarthy M, Tsukashita M, Murali S. A Targeted Management Approach to Cardiogenic Shock. Crit Care Clin. 2018 Jul;34(3):423-437.

3. Kassar K, Lucke M, Pu C, Tsukashita M. Fulminant Infectious Aortitis With Ascending Aortic Rupture. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan;103(1):e11-e12.

4. Tsukashita M, Naka Y. Organ care system for heart procurement and strategies to reduce primary graft failure after heart transplant. Oper Tech Thorac Cardiovas Surg. 2016

5. Singh G, Tsukashita M, Biscotti M, Costa J, Lambert D, Bacchetta M, Takayama H. Heart procurement from a donor on veno-venous ECMO support. ASAIO J. 2015 Nov 2. 

6. Tsukashita M, Takayama H, Takeda K, Han J, Colombo PC, Yuzefpolskaya M, Topkara VK, Garan AR, Mancini DM, Kurlansky PA, Naka Y. Effect of pulmonary vascular resistance before left ventricular assist device implantation on short- and long-term post-transplant survival. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2015 Nov; 150(5):1352-60.

7. Tsukashita M, Mosca R. Periscope modifyion of right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery shunt in Norwood operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Dec;98(6):2244-6.

8. Tsukashita M, DeAnda A, Balsam L. Type A aortic dissection: A rare complication of central venous catheter placement. J Card Surg. 2014 May;29(3): 368-70.

9. Xaymardan M, Sun Z, Hatta K, Tsukashita M, Konecny F, Weisel RD, Li RK. Uterine cells are recruited to the infarcted heart and improve cardiac outcomes in female rats.J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2012 Jun;52(6):1265-73.

10. Muranaka H, Marui A, Tsukashita M, Wang J, Nakano J, Ikeda T, Sakata R. Prolonged mechanical unloading preserves myocardial contractility but impairs relaxation in rat heart of dilated cardiomyopathy accompanied by myocardial stiffness and apoptosis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Oct;140(4):916-22.

11. Yoshikawa E, Marui A, Tsukashita M, Nishina T, Komeda M. Carvedilol may alleviate late cardiac remodelling following surgical ventricular restoration. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2010 Feb; 37(2): 362-367.

12. Marui A, Hirose K, Tsukashita M, Komeda M. Potential of autologous pericardium for a sustained-release carrier of vancomycin: A pilot study in vitro. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Mar; 137(3): 783-4

13. Wang J, Tsukashita M, Nishina T, Ikeda T. Chronic partial unloading restores β-adrenergic responsiveness and reverses receptor downregulation in failing rat hearts. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Feb; 137(2): 465-70

14. Tsukashita M, Marui A, Nishina T, Komeda M. Spironolactone alleviates late cardiac remodeling after left ventricular restoration surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Jul;136(1): 58-64.

15. Eaki J, Koshiji T, Okamoto M, Tsukashita M, Ikuno T, Sakata R. Gastroepiploic artery grafting does not improve the late outcome in patients with bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Mar;83(3):1024-9.

16. Nishioka M, Sakamoto K, Kado M, Fujimoto Y, Ohta N, Uehara K, Tsukashita M, Yokota M. Right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction for pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect: the possibility of ventriculo-arterial direct anastomosis. Kyobu Geka. 2001 Jul;54(8 Suppl):659-65.

Additional Educational Information

Kyoto University, faculty of medicine (M.D. 1999)Kyoto University, graduate school of medicine (Ph.D. 2009) 

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Cardiac
  • Coronary disease
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Endocarditis
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Heart failure
  • Mechanical circulatory assistance
  • Pericardium
  • Valve disease
  • Mediastinum
  • Transplant
  • Great vessels
  • Aorta
  • Education
  • Professional Affairs