Our Surgeon

  Taro Yokoyama, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Adult Cardiac
  • General Thoracic
  • Adult Congenital &
  • Vascular Surgery

Dr. Yokoyama

Dr. Yokoyama received his medical degree at the Okayama University Medical School in Japan in 1960. Following an internship at Okayama Saiseikai Hospital he completed his general and cardiovascular/ thoracic residency in 1965. While serving his residencies, Dr. Yokoyama also wrote his doctorate and received his Ph.D. in physiology in 1965. The subject of his Ph.D. research was deep hypo-thermia for cardiac surgery as well as cold preservation of the canine heart for cardiac transplantation.

Dr. Yokoyama received a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgical Research at Georgetown University Medical Center from 1965 to 1966. A two-year clinical fellowship was completed in 1968 at the USC School of Medicine and St. Vincent Medical Center.

Upon completion of an internship in 1969, Dr. Yokoyama began another general surgical residency at Hahne-mann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1969-1972). While at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital he continued on as director of the organ perfusion laboratory and later accepted an appointment as assistant professor of surgery and assistant director of the kidney transplant program. He also earned an academic appointment at Philadelphia General Hospital (1972-1974).

Wishing to further his surgical career, in 1974 Dr. Yokoyama accepted a position as a resident supervisor in thoracic and cardiac surgery at L.A. County/U.S.C. Medical Center. He won an academic appointment in 1975 at the University of Southern California School of Medicine as clinical assistant professor of thoracic and cardiac surgery.

A diplomate of both the American Board of Surgery (1974) and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (1976), Dr. Yokoyama now serves as chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for St. Vincent Medical Center's renowned Los Angeles Heart Institute.

Dr. Yokoyama has published more than forty articles on a variety of topics; his work has appeared in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and other distinguished journals and books. He is a member of the America College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the International Society for Heart Transplantation, and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery.

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