Masataka Kawana

Cardiologist, Heart failure cardiologist

Instructor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

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Dr. Kawana joined the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology group in 2018 as an Instructor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He completed his internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and heart failure training at Stanford. He also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship under Dr. James Spudich in the Department of Biochemistry. He sees advanced heart failure patients in the clinic and attends CCU/heart failure service, and post-heart transplant and MCS service. His research interests are in the fundamental mechanism of inherited cardiomyopathies, and he studies the effect of gene mutation on the cardiac sarcomere function using cutting-edge biochemical and biophysical approaches, which would lead to the development of novel pharmacotherapy that directly modulates cardiac muscle protein. He is involved in multiple clinical trials for pharmacotherapy in inherited cardiomyopathy and also conducting a device study in heart failure.

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Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2018)
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (2012) CA
  • Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2018)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship (2018) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2017)
  • Board Certification: National Board of Echocardiography, Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography (2017)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship (2017) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Medical Education: Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University (2009) RI
  • Fellow, Stanford University Medical Center, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (2018)
  • Fellow, Stanford University Medical Center, Cardiovascular Medicine (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine, Biochemistry (2015)
  • Resident, Stanford University Medical Center, Internal Medicine (2012)
  • MD, Brown University, Medicine (2009)


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Practice Locations

Mechanical Circulatory Support Program Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive , 2nd Floor, Room A260

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-5468

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Heart Transplant Program Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive , 2nd Floor, Room A21

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-5468

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(37 reviews)

Great doctor kawana love him
See previous comments on previous page. I am grateful for Dr. Kawana. I feel that I can rely completely on his professional abilities, and caring provides me with a great deal of comfort, although I know that my declining health is not a battle that I can win
always a pleasure to chat with Dr. Kawana.
Dr Kawana explained my health conditions clearly
The Doctor is a very thorough and knowledgeable caring doctor that makes you feel comfortable.with his message.
Very personalble and knowlegable in medical field.
Dr is very nice
Dr.Kawana is very caring to his patients, explains well and ensures the best treatment.
He is a very knowledgeable and kind doctor that obviously cares very much for his patients!
Dr Kawana is one of the best doctors at Stanford. He is compassionate, generous with his time and guidance and very patient. I would recommend him to anyone without question.
He's a bit cold and distant. Also, doesn't really go over the test results in detail, such as doesn't show me a graph of my heart's progress, images of the ultrasound, or go over past and current ejection fraction numbers.
Answered all my questions and he was very patient and thorough.
Excellent Dr. very professional.
Always a pleasure meeting with doctor Masataka Kawana.
Doctor Kawana is an excellent communicator and consummate professional. I would recommend him highly to anyone in need of a cardiologist.
Dr. Kawana is an excellent care provider.
Knows what my needs are.
I am a native Japanese speeding person and of course it is quite comfortable for me to talk with Dr. Kaeana in Japanese since medical expression in English is some times difficult and it is frustrating. However even before such a language barrier he is a very warm hearted doctor, not just providing the professional and technical information. He has kindness that stays with patient. Patients always would like to feel that care is given by doctors and nurses, in my personal feeling.
Very helpful in explaining my heart medication use for now, and it's possible changes in the future after a up-coming procedure.
Highly recommend!!
He is very relate - able.
All went well.
I Like him very Well and His Staff is Great also
Great doctor. Also listened to me.
Doctor Kawana and nurse Rivera are exceptional.
It was excellent & everyone helpful. Only my problem is being poor at English and hearing is informed. Need interpreter this time my son was with me, but request interpreter ie - Alone.
Dr. Kawana gives a very clear & detailed explanation on the type of sickness I have, the care and treatment that I need and being given, and provider, and the quality time he spends with me, & his urgency in providing care when I needed it not like when I had or experienced chest pain. Very thankful I have him as my doctor.
Doctors Kedelco and Kawana are the best doctors I have ever had. They both go out of their way to accommodate me.
Care provider showed great concern to the patient that developed confidence in him. He is worth recommending to others. I would like to thank him for his efforts given me.
Dr. Kawana was very kind, compassionate & knowledgeable.
Never coming back - dr. never returned my phone calls.
Dr. Masataka Kawana is an excellent cardiologist.
I was so pleased to have so much time with Dr. Kawana!
Care provider is very caring.

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