Jon Kobashigawa, MD

At the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Jon Kobashigawa, MD is Director of the Advanced Heart Disease Section, Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Associate Director of both the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Comprehensive Transplant Center.  He is the DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  After earning his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, Dr. Kobashigawa completed his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He performed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Kobashigawa’s current service to the AST includes serving as the Co-Chair of the Thoracic and Critical Care Community of Practice and as a member of the AST Education Committee.  He has served as an AST representative on the Program Committee for the American Transplant Congress (2011-2015), as the AST representative on the Executive Program Committee for the 2014 World Transplant Congress and as the organizer/Chair of the Heart Track, 2016 Cutting Edge of Organ Transplantation Meeting.  He has also served as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, Associate Editor for the AST Primer for Heart Transplantation and Associate Editor of the AST Newsletter.

Dr. Kobashigawa is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the heart transplant field. He is a past President of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and has served as Chairman of the American College of Cardiology Committee on Heart Failure and Transplantation and as a member of the National United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Thoracic Committee.  Dr. Kobashigawa is an active research investigator.  He has published over 300 peer reviewed articles and has chaired several multi-center heart transplant clinical trials.

Dr. Kobashigawa has organized and chaired several international Consensus Conferences to discuss critical issues in heart transplantation, including Treatment of Pre-Transplant Sensitized Patients (2008), Antibody-Mediated Rejection (2010), Crucial Conversations in Transplant Nursing (2011), Primary Graft Dysfunction in Heart Transplantation (2013) and Donor Heart Selection and Management (2015).

Updated June 2016