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Christopher Y. Tanaka, MD, FASE

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About Dr. Tanaka

Dr. Tanaka is a board certified anesthesiologist at HSS. He completed his anesthesiology residency and then a fellowship in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center where he became board certified in advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. Prior to his appointment at HSS, Dr. Tanaka worked as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist at a large tertiary care center, where he developed an interest in point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) in recognition of his educational and research contributions in echocardiography and PoCUS.


Special Expertise

Advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography
Point of care ultrasound
Transthoracic echocardiography


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Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College


American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Echocardiography
New York State Society of Anesthesiologists
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists


American Board of Anesthesiologists, 2012
National Board of Echocardiography - Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, 2013


Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, 2019
Ronald A. Leff Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching by a Resident (NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell), 2011


Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 2007
Residency: Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2011
Fellowship: Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2012

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Tanaka

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Tanaka CY, Vue E. The LVAD Patient Presenting for Non-Cardiac Surgery. In: Straker T, Rajan S, Anitescu M, editors. Anesthesiology: A Problem-Based Learning Approach. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2018. p. 27-39.

Tanaka CY, Hui J. Is a pulmonary artery catheter needed if you have transesophageal echocardiography in a routine coronary artery bypass grafting? In: Scher CS, Clebone A, Miller SM, Roccaforte JD, Capan LM, editors. You're Wrong, I'm Right: Dueling Authors Reexamine Classic Teaching in Anesthesia. 1st ed. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2017. p. 71-4.

Selected Presentations

New York State Society of Anesthesiologists-72nd Post-Graduate Assembly, Scientific Panel: "Beyond POCUS: The Role of Cardiac Anesthesiologist and TTE" New York, NY. December, 2021.

European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care – International Congress of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia EACTAIC-ICCVA Joint Congress: "POCUS Meet the Expert: 'Lung Ultrasound'" Rome, Italy (Virtual). October, 2021

Westchester Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: "'RoCUS'? - Moving from 'Point-of-Care' to 'Routine-Care' Ultrasound" Valhalla, NY (Virtual). September, 2020.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: "Point of Care Ultrasound: Moving from Emergencies to Routine Practice" Newark, NJ. January, 2020.

New York State Society of Anesthesiologists-72nd Post-Graduate Assembly, Scientific Panel: "What's Your FATE? A Case Discussion of the Use of TTE in Catastrophic Events" New York, NY. December, 2018.


Research Interests

Point of care ultrasound in the perioperative setting
Perioperative transthoracic echocardiography

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of July 06, 2023, Dr. Tanaka reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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