Tomoaki Kato

Dr. Tomoaki Kato is a notable pioneer in multiple-organ transplantation, as well as a pediatric liver transplantation specialist. He is the current Surgical Director of Adult and Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and is, simultaneously, a professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Kato is known for unique and innovative surgeries for adults and children, including a six-organ transplant; a procedure called APOLT (auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation) that resuscitates a failing liver by attaching a partial donor liver, and the first successful human partial bladder transplantation involving the transplant of two kidneys together with ureters connected to a patch of the donor bladder.

In a highly publicized case, he led the first reported removal and re-implantation, or auto-transplantation, of six organs to excise a hard-to-reach abdominal tumor.