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Kiyotaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD

Kiyotaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD

Appointed: 1994

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Kiyotaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code ND20
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Biographical Sketch

Kiyotaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD, wants his research to promote human health through the development of various surgical treatments for heart failure. These surgical treatments encompass a broad range of options designed to address the needs of most patients, including mechanical circulatory assist devices, simple passive devices to treat heart failure and mitral regurgitation, and other novel surgical interventions.

Dr. Fukamachi’s independent research experience to date has been extensive and focused upon physiology studies related to mechanical circulatory support devices, such as the E4T total artificial heart (TAH), CorAide left ventricular assist device (VAD), PediPump, MagScrew TAH, and MagScrew LVAD. Dr. Fukamachi is the P.I. of the DexAide right ventricular assist device Bioengineering Research Partnership (BRP) program and the Medical Director of the MagScrew TAH BRP program and MagScrew VAD SBIR Phase II program.

He directs the Cardiovascular Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The primary research interest of the Cardiovascular Dynamics Lab is cardiovascular physiology with a major emphasis on cardiovascular dynamics relating to cardiac devices and surgical interventions to treat heart failure. In addition to his close involvement with the other mechanical circulatory support groups in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Cardiovascular Dynamics Laboratory supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts between the Departments of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Medicine. The Cardiovascular Dynamics Laboratory reinforces the importance of collaboration between clinicians and researchers to improve patient outcomes.
As the P.I., Dr. Fukamachi has also played an important role in the device development, device evaluation, and Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE) approvals of the Myosplint® (Myocor, Maple Grove, MN), a new device to treat heart failure by changing ventricular shape and the Coapsys (Myocor, Maple Grove, MN), a new device to treat mitral regurgitation off-pump. Myocor has since brought these two devices into clinical trials. Over the course of his career, he has accumulated 143 publications, 140 abstracts and 168 presentations. Dr. Fukamachi has been invited to give lectures at symposiums and scientific meetings 26 times.

Dr. Fukamachi has mentored 21 research fellows and seven students as the Director of the Cardiovascular Dynamics Laboratory. It has been his goal to teach these fellows a well-rounded curriculum that provides a strong foundation in scientific research, study planning and preparation, surgical procedures and techniques, data acquisition, data analysis, report writing, preparation of data for presentation, manuscript writing, and grant preparation. As a result, the fellows have published a total of 48 manuscripts as first author in our field’s major journals and have given a total of 33 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. One fellow successfully obtained an American Heart Association Fellowship grant to explore atrial fibrillation.

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - Kyushu University
Fukuoka-shi Japan
Undergraduate - Kyushu University
Fukuoka-shi Japan

Innovations & Patents

Replaceable Heart Valve


  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps
  • Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
  • Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/2/2016, Dr. Fukamachi has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese