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Takeshi Uemura, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Education and Training

Fellowship Program:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine (integrated program), 2018 

Residency Program:

Mount Sinai Beth Israel - Internal Medicine, 2016

Medical School:

University of Toyama, Japan - MD

Board Certifications: 

American Board of Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine - Geriatric Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine


Dr. Uemura is an assistant professor at the division of palliative medicine. He is triple board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and palliative medicine. He has received an integrated geriatrics and palliative medicine fellowship training from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is the first program of its kind to train physicians to formulate the best care possible to seriously ill patients. By combining the knowledge and expertise from all three fields, he always has something to offer no matter how dire the patient's condition is. 

Before joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty, he served as a hospice medical director and a nursing home medical director in Hawaii as a faculty member of the University of Hawaii. This experience has enriched his expertise on how serious illnesses impact patients and families outside the hospital setting. 

Dr. Uemura is deeply committed to teaching communication skills to medical professionals who care for seriously ill patients. He believes that exploring the patient's values and concerns through good communication is essential to achieve patient centered care. Dr.Uemura has been officially certified as a communication skills educator by VitalTalk, a well established organization which provides communication training to clinicians. He has also been working to bring VitalTalk training to his home country Japan. He has conducted numerous workshops for communication  skills in Japan and published articles on his work. 

He also served on a number of committees in Hawaii to expand access to palliative care statewide as he believes palliative care is the key to achieve true patient centered care. He is excited about new opportunities here in Maryland to improve the access to high quality palliative care throughout the University of Maryland Health System.


Highlighted Publications

Ito K, Uemura T, Yuasa M, Onishi E, Shiozawa Y, Ishikawa H, Ouchi K, Nakagawa S. The Feasibility of Virtual VitalTalk Workshops in Japanese: Can Faculty Members in the US Effectively Teach Communication Skills Virtually to Learners in Japan? Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2021;10499091211044477.

Onishi E, Nakagawa S, Uemura T, Shiozawa Y, Yuasa M, Ito K, Kobayashi Y, Ishikawa H, Ouchi K.  Physicians’ Perceptions and Suggestions for the Adaptation of a US-Based Serious Illness Communication Training in a Non-US Culture: A Qualitative Study. J Pain Symptom Manage 2021;62(2):400–9.e3.

Ando T, Adegbala O, Uemura T, Ashraf S, Akintoye E, Pahuja M, Afonso L, Briasoulis A, Takagi H. Palliative Care in Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis of Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. Angiology 2020;71(7):633–40.

Ando T, Akintoye E, Uemura T, Adegbola O, Ashraf S, Pahuja M, Shokr M, Takagi H, Grines C, Afonso L, Briasoulis A. Palliative care referral in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction complicated with cardiogenic shock in the United States. Heart Lung 2020;49(1):25–9.

Ando T, Adegbola O, Uemura T, Akintoye E, Ashraf S, Briasoulis A, Takagi H, Afonso L. Incidence, Trends, and Predictors of Palliative Care Consultation After Aortic Valve Replacement in the United States. J Palliat Care. 2019;34(2):111–7.

Uemura T. Japanese translation of “Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients" by Back A, Arnold R, Tulsky J. (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2009), Chugai-Igakusha, Tokyo, 2018