Associate Director, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Director of the Advanced Heart Disease Section
Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai.
Jon Kobashigawa, MD, is a graduate of Stanford University where he received his BS. He received his MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center. At the Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, he serves as the Director of the Advanced Heart Disease Division and Director of the Heart Transplant Program. He is the DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 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, a past chair of the American College of Cardiology Committee on Heart Failure and Transplantation, and a past member of the National Thoracic Committee of the United Network of Organ Sharing. He has served on the Executive Program Committee for the World Transplant Congress in 2014 and is the immediate Past Chair of the Thoracic Committee and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Transplantation. Dr Kobashigawa has received the 2020 Award for Senior Achievement in Clinical Transplantation from the American Society of Transplantation. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to clinical transplantation over the course of a clinical career, particularly those whose careers have shaped the course of transplantation of solid organs. He is also the recipient of the Paul I. Terasaki Clinical Science Award 2018 – recognizing significant contributions to the fields of clinical transplantation, histocompatibility, and immunogenetics. Dr. Kobashigawa is a productive writer and has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and monographs in the field of heart transplantation and has chaired several multi-center heart transplant studies. He has published in prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. He has also organized and chaired eleven National and International Consensus Conferences to discuss pertinent questions in the field of heart failure and heart transplantation. In addition, he has served on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Transplantation (serving as Deputy Editor), the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the European Heart Journal.