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Robert Yanagisawa

  • PROFESSOR Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease
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  • Diabetes & Metabolism


  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, Brown University

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Miriam Hospital

  • Fellowship, Endocrinology
    University of Mass. Medical Center


    Robert Yanagisawa, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is the Program Director of the Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. The program has built a reputation for training the most outstanding endocrinologists and more than half of the graduates hold academic titles across the country. Dr. Yanagisawa has also made significant contributions in advancing global medical partnerships as the Vice President of the Japanese Medical Society of America. With the Mount Sinai Global Health Training Program, he has established a new training site in Japan for Disaster Medical Sciences in Fukushima, following a nuclear power plant fallout involving evacuation of over 110,000 people in 2011. Under his mentorship, students have been awarded Blue Ribbon Award at the Annual Medical Student Research Day and another student will receive M.D. with a distinction in research. Dr. Yanagisawa has introduced a new multidisciplinary approach with collaborations between disaster psychiatry and radiation biology for a long-term post disaster recovery in Japan. He co-leads 3/11 and 9/11 Survivor Exchange Program as a Global Health outreach project. The innovative efforts have been commended by former First Lady of Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Reconstruction Agency of Japan, as well as Governor of Fukushima. Clinically, Dr. Yanagisawa focuses on thyroid and metabolism. He is certified and performs in-office neck ultrasonography for the diagnosis of thyroid disease, and for surveillance for recurrent disease in thyroid cancer patients. He also co-directs the Endocrine Clinic for the Mount Sinai Hospital. Together with Endocrine fellows and nursing team, he leads several patient centered quality initiatives to continue improving the quality of patient care. With his leadership, the Endocrine Clinic has been featured as a model clinic for the hospital ambulatory practice by the Magnet Hospital Review.

    In the News
    Dr. Yanagisawa discusses weight loss in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.
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  • 2015 -
    Featured “Innovative Disaster Responses in Japan that are worth emulating in future disasters around the world
    Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

  • 2014 -
    The Paul Harris Fellow for Humanitarian
    Rotary International

  • 2013 -
    Lecturer and Co-Chair, International Academic Conference
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  • 2013 -
    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

  • 2011 - 2012
    Best Grand Rounds Award
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA

  • 2009 -
    Clinical Professor
    Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2007 -
    Commended for demonstrating substantial compliance for Graduate Medical Education
    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

  • 2007 -
    Endocrinologist of the Year
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA

  • 1990 -
    Honors Degree with Thesis, East Asian Studies
    Brown University


Carluccio A, Sundaram N, Yanagisawa R, Tomer Y. Apathetic thyrotoxicosis secondary to atypical subacute thyroiditis . Endocrine Pract 2012 Sep; 1;18.

Rao R, Yanagisawa R R, Kini S. Insulin Resistance and Bariatric Surgery. Obes Rev 2012 Apr; 13(4):: 316-28.

Owen R, Chou K, Silver C, Beilin Y Y, Tang J, Yanagisawa R, Rinaldo A, Shaha A, Ferlito A. Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery in Pregnancy . Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2010; 267: 1825-1835.

Strohmayer E, Via M, Yanagisawa R. Metabolic Management following Bariatric Surgery. MSJM 2010; 77: 431–445.

Siram A, Yanagisawa R, Skamagas M. Weight Management in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus . MSJM 2010; 77: 533–548.

Yanagisawa R, LeRoith D. Editorial, Theme Issue: The Obesity Pandemic: Meeting the Clinical Challenges . MSJM 2010; 77(5).

Potenza M, Via M, Yanagisawa R. Excess Thyroid Hormone and Carbohydrate Metabolism. Endocrine Practice 2009 Apr; 15(3): 254-62.

Kini S, Herron D, Yanagisawa R. Surgical Therapy for Morbid Obesity – A cure for all metabolic syndrome?. Med Clin North Am 2007; 91(6): : 1255-1271.

Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes: Can we stop the weight gain with diabetes?. Med Clin North Am 2007; 91(6): 1107-1123.

Yanagisawa R, LeRoith D. Editorial, Metabolic Syndrome Issue. Med Clin North Am 2007; 91(6).

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Dr. Yanagisawa did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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