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Christopher Y. Tanaka, MD, FASE


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


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



Publications by Dr. Tanaka

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 Journal Articles

Meleties A, Morikawa N, Tanaka CY, Choice C, Berger. Lessons Learned From the Rapid Expansion of Intensive Care Unit Care to the Operating Room During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2021;132(5): 1179-81. PMID: 33857958

Tanaka CY, Hartman KM, Patel PA, Neuburger PJ. Anesthesiologists Can Add Value in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement by Performing Transthoracic Echocardiography. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. 2020;34(1):32-4. PMID: 31395411

Tanaka CY, Kaushal M, Leff JD. Challenges in Grading Low-Flow Low-Gradient Aortic Stenosis. A&A Practice. 2019;12(5):180-2. PMID: 30299294

Haskins SC, Zhao J, Nejim JA, Garvin S, Dehipawala S, Beckman JD, Zhang A, Osorio JA, Tanaka C. Evaluation of postgraduates following implementation of a Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) training course-A pilot study. Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research. 2017;8(9). pii: 763. PMID: 29130022

Haskins SC, Tanaka CY, Boublik J, Wu CL, Sloth E. Focused cardiac ultrasound for the regional anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 2017;42(5):632-44. PMID: 28786898

Finkel KJ, Searleman AC, Tymkew H, Tanaka CY, Saager L, Safer-Zadeh E, Bottros M, Selvidge JA, Jacobsohn E, Pulley D, Duntley S, Becker C, Avidan MS. Prevalence of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea among adult surgical patients in an academic center. Sleep Medicine. 2009;10(7):753-8. PMID: 19186102

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of May 31, 2022, Dr. Tanaka reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.