Kazuhiro Yasufuku, MD, PhD, FCCP

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deputy Head, Division of Surgical Oncology

Director of Endoscopy, University Health Network Director, Interventional Thoracic Surgery Program Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto Division of Thoracic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital University Health Network

Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku is an internationally known Thoracic Surgeon with specific expertise in minimal invasive thoracic surgery and minimal invasive diagnostic procedures. He is currently Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Toronto, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. He is also the Director of the Interventional Thoracic Surgery Program at the University Health Network. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine, Chiba, Japan in 1992. He pursued his General Surgery Training and Thoracic Surgery Training at Chiba University. He moved to Toronto in 2008 where he currently serves as the Deputy Head of Surgical Oncology and Director of Endoscopy at University Health Network.

Dr. Yasufuku has been a leader in the field of minimally invasive diagnostics and therapeutics for thoracic malignancy. He co-developed the Convex Probe Endobronchial Ultrasound in collaboration with Olympus and has successfully introduced the clinical application of EBUS-TBNA in Thoracic Oncology. His clinical interests include minimally invasive diagnostic and surgery for thoracic oncology and lung transplantation. He leads the Thoracic Robotic Surgery Program at the University Health Network.

He is a Scientist at the Latner Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network and Affiliated Faculty of Guided Therapeutics at the Techna Institue. His research interests include development of new technology in early diagnosis and ultra-minimally invasive thoracic surgery, translational research in thoracic image guided therapeutics (GTx), nanotenchnology enabled image guided intervention for lung cancer, and molecular profiling of advanced stage lung cancer by minimally invasive procedures. He has numerous ongoing clinical trials looking at the application of new technology in Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology.

Dr. Yasufuku is very active in International Societies related to Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology. He is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, Associate Editor for Respiration and the Editor in Chief for the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology News Letter.

Terms of Appointment: Aug 2018 - Jul 2020