Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA

  • Vice Chair for Professional Development
  • Chair, Academic Promotions Committee
  • Associate Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency Program
  • Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Faculty Member, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Sakai earned his MD and his PhD (cardiovascular surgery) from Kyoto University in Japan. After completing an internship and cardiovascular surgery residency at Tenri Hospital, Nara, Japan, Dr. Sakai completed clinical and research fellowships at the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in the Toronto Hospital, University of Toronto, before relocating to Pittsburgh in 1999. Dr. Sakai worked as a visiting instructor of thoracic organ transplant surgery at UPMC from 1999 to 2001. Upon completing his anesthesiology residency at UPMC in 2005, he joined the faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology and became a member of the UPMC hepatic transplantation anesthesiology team. Dr. Sakai was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists (2013) and was promoted to Professor (2014). His more than 100 peer-reviewed publications cover numerous topics including transplantation anesthesiology and anesthesia education. He co-edited a comprehensive transplant anesthesiology textbook entitled Anesthesia and Perioperative Care for Organ Transplantation (Springer Inc.) in 2017. He is President-Elect for the Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA), Designated Chair of Research Committee of the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA), and Associate Editor of Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia

Education & Training

  • Master of Health Administration (MHA), Pennsylvania State University
  • Anesthesiology Residency, UPMC
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, UPMC
  • PhD (Medicine: Cardiovascular Surgery), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Clinical/Research Fellowship, Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Residency, Tenri Hospital, Nara, Japan
  • General Internal Medicine/Surgery Internship,Tenri Hospital, Nara, Japan
  • MD, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan

Representative Publications

​Dr. Sakai's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests

Dr. Tetsuro Sakai’s current research interests span several areas. As director of the resident research rotation, he focuses on resident research education and has built up a system to facilitate resident scholarly participation and productivity. As a member of the transplant anesthesiology team, he is interested in improving intraoperative management of liver/small bowel/multivisceral transplant patients. Dr. Sakai is also interested in system-based practice management, using quality improvement information in a simulation center setting to improve patient safety.


Hepatic/multivisceral transplantation anesthesiology