Rei Ukita

Thoracic Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Rei Ukita

Rei Ukita is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at VUMC prior to his current appointment as research faculty.

Dr. Ukita has worked on small and large animal model systems to test and develop novel extracorporeal support systems. His PhD work focused on biomaterial and drug delivery approaches to reduce the thrombogenicity of artificial lungs. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ukita developed the large animal model for pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure. His current research interests include hemodynamics and molecular mechanisms of right ventricular failure, wearable extracorporeal support systems, and safer anticoagulation therapies for extracorporeal support.


A Large Animal Model for Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Ventricular Failure: Left Pulmonary Artery Ligation and Progressive Main Pulmonary Artery Banding in Sheep

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 3Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 4Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 5Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 6Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

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