Michiaki Imamura, MD


School Education Degree Year
Cleveland Clinic fellowship Congenital Heart Surgery 1999
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan fellowship Cardiovascular Surgery 1996
Cornell University Medical College, New York research fellow Pharmacology 1995
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan internship/residency Cardiovascular Surgery 1993
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan PhD Doctor of Philosophy 1992
Hokkaido University School of Medicine, Japan medical school Doctor of Medicine 1988

Personal Statement

Michiaki Imamura, MD is board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Cardiovascular Surgery.  He specializes in the surgical management of children and adults with congenital heart disease. His clinical interests encompass the full range of congenital heart surgical issues, including the treatment of neonates and infants with congenital heart defects, patients with single ventricle physiology, pediatric heart transplant and treating adults with ongoing congenital heart issues.

Dr. Imamura is passionate about exceptional care of children with congenital heart disease. His academic interests include clinical outcomes research and physiology/ anatomy of congenital heart defects. Other academic interest includes complex heart failure management, ventricular assist device implantation, and cardiothoracic and congenital surgical education.  

Dr. Imamura comes to Texas Children’s from Arkansas Children’s Hospital where he served as a congenital heart surgeon from 2001 to the 2017 and Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery since 2010. He has extensive experience with complex congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Imamura is a talented and experienced surgeon and is a tremendous asset to the community of Houston, Texas, the surrounding region, and our extensive referral network. 

Clinical Interests:

Congenital Heart Defect, Heart Failure Management

Research Interests:

Mechanical Circulatory Support for Children


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Member
American College of Cardiology (ACC) Member
Congenital Heart Surgeons Society (CHSS) Member
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Member
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Member

Selected Publications

Shinkawa T, Lu CK, Chipman C, Tang X, Gossett JM, Imamura M. The midterm outcomes of bioprosthetic pulmonary valve replacement in children. Seminars in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 2015 Autumn;27(3):310-8.

Shinkawa T, Tang X, Gossett JM, Mustafa T, Hategekimana F, Watanabe F, Miyazaki T, Yamagishi M, Imamura M. Valved polytetrafluoroethylene conduits for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2015 Jul;100(1):129-3.

Imamura M, Abraham B, Garcia X, Knecht KR, Frazier E, Shinkawa T. New transplant technique with hemiazygos continuation and interrupted inferior vena cava. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2013 Nov;96(5):1882-4.

Byrnes JW, Prodhan P, Williams BA, Schmitz ML, Moss MM, Dyamenahalli U, McKamie W, Morrow WR, Imamura M, Bhutta AT. Incremental reduction in the incidence of stroke in children supported with the Berlin EXCOR ventricular assist device. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2013Nov;96(5):1727-33.

Eghtesady P, Almond CS, Tjossem C, Epstein D, Imamura M, Turrentine M, Tweddell J, Jaquiss RD, Canter C; Berlin Heart Investigators. Post-transplant outcomes of children bridged to transplant with the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric ventricular assist device. Circulation 2013 Sep 10;128(11 Suppl 1):S24-31.

Almond CS, Morales DL, Blackstone EH, Turrentine MW, Imamura M, Massicotte MP, Jordan LC, Devaney EJ, Ravishankar C, Kanter KR, Holman W, Kroslowitz R, Tjossem C, Thuita L, Cohen GA, Buchholz H, St Louis JD, Nguyen K, Niebler RA, Walters HL III, Reemtsen B, Wearden PD, Reinhartz O, Guleserian KJ, Mitchell MB, Bleiweis MS, Canter CE, Humpl T. Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device for bridge to heart transplantation in US children. Circulation 2013 Apr 23;127(16):1702-11.

Imamura M, Dossey AM, Garcia X, Shinkawa T, Jaquiss RD. Prophylactic amiodarone reduces junctional ectopic tachycardia after tetralogy of Fallot repair. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 2012 Jan;143(1):152-6.

Imamura M, Dossey AM, Jaquiss RD. Reoperation and mechanical circulatory support after repair of anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery: a twenty-year experience. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2011 Jul;92(1):167-72.

Morales DL, Almond CS, Jaquiss RD, Rosenthal DN, Naftel DC, Massicotte MP, Humpl T, Turrentine MW, Tweddell JS, Cohen GA, Kroslowitz R, Devaney EJ, Canter EC, Fynn-Thompson F, Reinhartz O, Imamura M, Ghanayem NS, Buchholz H, Furness S, Mazor R, Gandhi SK, Fraser CD Jr. Bridging children of all sizes to cardiac transplantation: the initial multicenter North American experience with the Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device. Journal of Heart & Lung Transplantation 2011 Jan;30(1):1-8.

Imamura M, Prodhan P, Dossey AM, Jaquiss RD. Reoperation after supravalvular aortic stenosis repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2010 Dec;90(6):2016-22.

Imamura M, Dossey AM, Prodhan P, Schmitz M, Frazier E, Dyamenahalli U, Bhutta A, Morrow WR, Jaquiss RDB.  Bridge to cardiac transplant in children: Berlin Heart versus extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2009 Jun;87(6):1894-901.