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    Dr. Ikegami, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Surgical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, is a specialist in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplant. Dr. Ikegami has a broad range of surgical capabilities but is very experienced in minimally invasive surgery and advanced heart failure therapy.

    Dr. Ikegami offers minimally invasive robotic CABG surgery in addition to minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery. The minimally invasive CABG procedure is most applicable to performing one-vessel bypass [left internal mammary artery (LIMA) – left anterior descending artery (LAD)] robotically. In this procedure, the robot is used to assist in harvesting the LIMA and making it available to use as a bypass. A mini-thoracotomy is made on the anterior left chest under the breast and a standard LIMA-LAD anastomosis is made under direct vision, usually off-pump.

    Dr. Ikegami offers the most advanced surgical options available for patients with advanced heart failure, whether needing a bridge to transplant or to extend life/improve quality of life when transplantation is not an option. Mechanical circulatory support options available at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital include durable ventricular assist device such as HeartMate 3™ (Abbott Laboratories), temporary ventricular assist device such as Impella pump (Abiomed Inc.) and TandemHeart™ with ProtekDuo™ cannula (LivaNova), and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

    Dr. Ikegami received his medical degree from Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan. He completed his residency training in general surgery and cardiovascular surgery in Japan. In 2008, Dr. Ikegami came to the United States to do a super specialty training at Emory University followed by an Advanced Fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University, where he gained experience in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He then trained under the guidance of Dr. Yoshifumi Naka, the Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center as an attending surgeon specializing in ventricular assist device, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and cardiac transplantation.

    His research has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals, with publications accepted by the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Interactive Cardiovascular ant Thoracic Surgery, Innovations, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas Heart Institute Journal and the Japanese Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery.

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    Shiga University Of Medical Science, Ostu, Shiga, Japan


    Shiga University Of Medical Science, Ostu, Shiga, Japan


    Shiga University Of Medical Science, Ostu, Shiga, Japan


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