Kenji Minakata, MD, PhD


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Professor of Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Japanese Board of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Board Certification of Japan Surgical Society

Other Languages


Professional Type

Cooper University Physician



Education & Training

Medical SchoolKyoto University, Japan
Graduate SchoolPhD - Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
ResidencyGeneral/Cardiovascular Surgery - Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
ResidencyGeneral/Cardiovascular Surgery - Japanese Red Cross Society, Wakayama Medical Center, Japan
FellowshipCardiovascular Surgery - Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, OR
FellowshipAdvanced Cardiovascular Surgery - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Special Interests

Ischemic heart disease
Valvular heart disease
Thoracic aortic aneurysm
Heart transplantation
Ventricular assist device
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Maze procedure


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the Japan-North America Medical Exchange Foundation 1999, Tokyo, Japan
  • Best abstract award, The 64th annual meeting for Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery, October 12, 2011, Nagoya, Japan
  • Outstanding contribution in reviewing, Journal of Cardiology, Japanese College of Cardiology, September, 2015
  • Outstanding contribution in reviewing, Journal of Cardiology and Journal of Cardiology Cases, Japanese College of Cardiology, February, 2017
  • Best Reviewer Award 2021, General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery

Editorial Positions

Invited reviewer:
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
British Medical Journal Open
Circulation Journal
Clinical Interventions in Aging
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Journal of Cardiology
Journal of Cardiology Case
Heart and Vessels
Surgery Today
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Transplant International
European Heart Journal
Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes
Journal of Thoracic Diseases
Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team
Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals

Selected Works

Dr. Minakata is well-published in his field. Please click here to see a list of his peer-reviewed publications.