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Kenichi Tanaka, MD

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Division Head, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology



Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-0205


(410) 328-3092


Dr. Tanaka has received his doctor of medicine degree from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He has completed the Anesthesiology residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1995-1998). He subsequently pursued a clinical fellowship at the Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine (1998-2000). He also obtained the Masters in the Science of Clinical Research from the Graduate School of Emory University (2006). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (1999).

In 2014, Dr. Tanaka joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SoM) as a professor, and director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

Dr. Tanaka currently serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Anaesthesia (Associate Editor), Anesthesia & Analgesia (Senior Editor), and Journal of Cardiothoracic Vascular Anesthesia. 

Highlighted Publications

1. Abuelkasem E, Mazzeffi MA, Yang Lu S, Planinsic RM, Sakai T, Tanaka KA. Ex vivo evaluation of four different viscoelastic assays for detecting moderate to severe coagulopathy during liver transplantation. Liver Transplantation 2016;22:468-75

2. Rice NT, Szlam F, Varner JD, Bernstein PS, Szlam AD, Tanaka KA. Differential ontributions of intrinsic and extrinsic pathways to thrombin generation in adult, maternal and cord plasma samples. PLoS One 2016;11:e0154127

3. Tanaka KA, Mazzeffi MA, Strauss ER, Szlam F, Guzzetta NA. Computational simulation and comparison of prothrombin complex concentrate dosing schemes for warfarin reversal in cardiac surgery. Journal of Anesthesia 2016;30:369-76

4. Franklin SW, Szlam F, Fernandez JD, Leong T, Tanaka KA, Guzzetta NA. Optimizing thrombin generation with 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate in neonatal plasma after cardiopulmonary bypass. Anesthesia & Analgesia 2016;122:935-42

5. Abuelkasem E, Lu S, Tanaka K, Planinsic RM, Sakai T. Comparison between thrombelastography and thromboelastometry in hyperfibrinolysis detection during adult liver transplantation. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2016;116:507-12

Research Interests

Dr. Tanaka’s research focuses has mainly focused on coagulation management, blood-less surgery and transfusion as well as clinical outcomes in the setting of cardiovascular surgery. I have participated in both preclinical and clinical studies of novel agents that modulate coagulation, and coagulation monitoring devices. The main focus is to evaluate the dynamic balance of thrombin generation during liver transplantation, and after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). To this end, multi-modal approaches to coagulation assessments are utilized; viscoelastic coagulation monitoring devices, fluorogenic thrombin generation assay, flow chamber system, and computer simulation model.

Clinical Specialty Details

1: Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery; 2: Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Perioperative Coagulopathy

Community Service

Committee on Patient Blood Management for the Americal Society of Anesthesiologists

Lab Techniques and Equipment

1: Calibrated automated thrombin generation assay; 2: rotational thromboelastometry; 3: flow chamber system