Dr. Tetsuro Sakai

Department of Anesthesiology

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Associate Director



2001 Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

1989 M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan


  1. Tomita S, Li RK, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Kim EJ, Sakai T, Jia ZQ. Autologous transplantation of bone marrow cells improves damaged heart function. Circulation. 100(19 Suppl): II247-56, 1999.
  2. Li RK, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Jia ZQ, Kim EJ, Sakai T, Tomita S, Schwartz L, Iwanochko M, Husain M, Cusimano RJ, Burns RJ, Yau TM. Autologous porcine heart cell transplantation improved heart function after a myocardial infarction. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 119(1): 62-8, 2000.
  3. Sakai T, Li RK, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Jia ZQ, Tomita S, Kim EJ, Yau TM. Fetal cell transplantation: a comparison of three cell types. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 118(4): 715-24; discussion 724-5, 1999.
  4. Li RK, Yau TM, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Sakai T, Choi A, Jia ZQ. Construction of a bioengineered cardiac graft. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. 119(2): 368-75, 2000.
  5. Sakai T, Li RK, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Kim EJ, Tomita S, Jia ZQ, Yau TM. Autologous heart cell transplantation improves cardiac function after myocardial injury. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 68(6):2074-80; discussion 2080-1, 1999.
  6. Kim EJ, Li RK, Weisel RD, Mickle DA, Jia ZQ, Tomita S, Sakai T, Yau TM. Angiogenesis by endothelial cell transplantation. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 122(5): 963-71, 2001.
  7. Sakai T, Vallejo MC, Shannon KT. A parturient with neurofibromatosis type 2: anesthetic and obstetric consideration for delivery. International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia 14: 332-5; 2005.
  8. Payne TR, Oshima H, Sakai T, Ling Y, Gharaibeh B, Cummins J, Huard J. Regeneration of dystrophin-expressing myocytes in the mdx heart by skeletal muscle stem cells. Gene Therapy 12: 1264-74; 2005.
  9. Oshima H, Payne TR, Urish KL, Sakai T, Ling Y, Gharaibeh B, Tobita K, Keller BB, Cummins JH, Huard J. Differential myocardial infarct repair with muscle stem cells compared to myoblasts. Molecular Therapy 12: 1130-41; 2005.
  10. Sakai T, Planinsic RM, Quinlan JJ, Handley LJ, Kim TY, Hilmi IA. The incidence and outcome of perioperative pulmonary aspiration in a university hospital: a 4-year retrospective analysis. Anesthesia & Analgesia 103: 941-7; 2006.
  11. Sakai T, Repko BM, Griffith BP, Waters JH, Kameneva MV. Intravenous infusion of a drag reducing polymer extracted from aloe vera prolonged survival time in a rat model of acute myocardial ischemia. British Journal of Anesthesia 98:23-8; 2007.
  12. Fujimoto KL, Guan J, Oshima H, Sakai T, Wagner WR. In vivo evaluation of a porous, elastic, biodegradable patch for reconstructive cardiac procedures. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 83: 648-54; 2007.
  13. Sakai T, Planinsic RM, Hilmi IA, Marsh W. Complications associated with percutaneous placement of internal jugular vein cannula for venovenous bypass in adult orthotopic liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 13: 961-5; 2007.
  14. Hilmi IA, Horton CN, Planinsic RM, Sakai T, Nicolau-Raducu R, Damian D, Gligor S, Marcos A. The impact of postreperfusion syndrome on short-term patient and liver allograft outcome in patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 14: 504-8; 2008.
  15. Krebs M, Sakai T. (corresponding author) Retropharyngeal dissection during nasotracheal intubation: a rare complication and its management. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 20: 218-21; 2008.
  16. Sakai T, Planinsic RM, Mathier MA, de Vera ME, Venkataramanan R. Initial experience using continuous intravenous treprostinil to manage pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with end stage liver disease. Transplant International 22: 554-61; 2009.
  17. Grable B, Sakai T (corresponding author). Isolated left-sided pulmonary edema due to Alemtuzumab (Campath®) during kidney transplantation. Transplant International 23: 851-4; 2010.
  18. El-Baghdadi M, Sakai T (corresponding author). Fatal Pulmonary Embolism During Liver Transplantation in a Patient with Fulminant Hepatic Failure: A Diagnostic Challenge of the “Flat Line” Thromboelastograms. Journal of Cardiothoracic Vascular Anesthesia 24: 641-3; 2010.
  19. Sakai T (corresponding author), Gligor S, Diulus J, McAffee R, Marsh JW, Planinsic RM. Insertion and Management of Percutaneous Veno-Venous Bypass Cannula for Liver Transplantation: A Reference for Transplant Anesthesiologists. Clinical Transplantation 24(5): 585-91; 2010.
  20. Sakai T (corresponding author), Matsusaki T, Marsh JW, Hilmi IA, Planinsic RM. Comparison of Surgical Methods in Liver Transplantation: Retrohepatic Caval Resection with Venovenous Bypass (VVB) vs. Piggyback (PB) with VVB vs. PB without VVB. Transplant International 23: 1247-58; 2010.
  21. Scouras NE, Matsusaki T, Boucek CD, Wells C, Cooper EA, Planinsic RM, Sullivan EA, Bermudez CA, Toyoda Y, Sakai T (corresponding author). Portopulmonary hypertension as an indication for combined heart-lung-liver or lung-liver transplantation: literature review and case presentation. Liver Transplantation 17: 137-43; 2011.
  22. Venkataramanappa V, Boujoukos AJ, Sakai T (corresponding author). A diagnostic challenge of the tracheal tear with a double lumen tracheal tube: a case developed with a massive air leak from the mouth during mechanical ventilation. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 23: 66-70; 2011.
  23. Borsari TE, Hilmi IA, Sakai T (corresponding author). Perioperative pulmonary aspiration of patients who have had an esophagectomy with a gastric pull-up: the value of preoperative computed tomography of the neck. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 23: 130-3; 2011.
  24. Sakai T (corresponding author), Xu Y. Stem Cells Decreased Neuronal Cell Death after Hypoxic Stress in Primary Fetal Rat Neurons in vitro. Cell Transplantation 2011.
  25. Schreiber KL, Matsusaki T, Bane BC, Bermudez CA, Hilmi IA, Sakai T (corresponding author). Accidental Insertion of a Percutaneous Veno-Venous Cannula into the Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava of a Patient Undergoing Liver Transplantation. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthésie 2011; 58: 646-9.