Yoshiya Toyoda was born in Japan in 1965. He received the M.D. degree and the Ph.D. degree from the Kobe University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, in 1990 and 1997, respectively. The Ph.D. thesis was on surgical treatment for end-stage cardiac failure. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of surgery and a Section Head of Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which is the leader clinically and scientifically in the area of thoracic transplantation in the world. As an innovative surgeon, he has developed a novel, minimally invasive approach named as Antero-Axillary Approach for single and double lung transplantation as well as a novel, tricuspid valve repair technique named as Commissuro-Annuloplasty. As the surgical director in heart and lung transplantation, he has trained young surgeons from all over the world. His research interests are focused on clinical outcome research for heart and lung transplantation and basic research for myocardial and pulmonary protection/preservation against ischemia/reperfusion injury and for immunomodulation/tolerance in heart and lung transplantation. He is also interested in surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation and the link between the surgical anatomy and function in the heart. His extensive research activities resulted in more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2011