Transplant Surgeon Dr. Takayuki Yamamoto Joins Albany Medical Center

Takayuki Yamamoto, MD, PhD, has joined the Division of Transplant Surgery at Albany Medical Center, a member of the Albany Med Health System, and has been appointed associate professor of surgery at Albany Medical College.

He will care for adult kidney transplant patients, performing transplant surgery and providing ongoing care.

Dr. Yamamoto comes from Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine/Nagoya University Hospital, Japan, where he performed liver transplant surgery and was assistant professor of transplant surgery. Prior to that, he was a clinical fellow in the Division of Transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. He conducted four years of research as a fellow and faculty member focused on xenotransplantation, or the transplant of organs between species, at both Massachusetts General Hospital and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Earlier in his career, he was an attending surgeon in the Department of Transplant and Endocrine Surgery at Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital in Aichi, Japan, where he performed kidney and pancreas transplantation as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgeries.

He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. His research has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Yamamoto completed a residency and fellowship in general surgery at Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital in Japan, going on to become board certified in Japan in surgery, gastroenterology, renal transplant, and endocrine surgery. He received his medical degree from Shimane Medical University School of Medicine in Shimane, Japan, and a doctoral degree in medical science from Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Aichi, Japan.

Dr. Yamamoto says he knew he wanted to become a transplant surgeon at just 14 years of age, when he watched the news of the first living donor liver transplantation which was performed at Shimane Medical University School of Medicine in Japan in 1989. His approach to his patients is inspired by the Japanese culture, which is heavily focused on the concept of patient-centered care.

Since 1969, Albany Medical Center’s kidney transplant program has received numerous accolades and is among the top-ranking programs in the nation.

For more information about Albany Medical Center’s Kidney Transplant Program, call 518-262-5614.