Takashi Harano

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

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Dr. Harano is a thoracic surgeon with a focus on lung transplantation. He served general surgery residencies at Saga Prefectural Hospital in Saga, Japan and Toranomon Hospital in Tokyo. He then stayed on at Toranomon Hospital to undertake a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and stayed on as an attending physician.

Dr. Harano took on another Thoracic Surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with Harvard Medical School and then spent three years as a faculty member in the Division of Lung Transplant and Lung Failure at the University of Pittsburgh before coming to Keck Medicine of USC.

Dr. Harano is committed to a patient-centered model of care, and undertook his training in minimally invasive surgery because it offers patients reduced pain and faster recoveries. Dr. Harano believes in staying current with the latest technology in order to continually improve patient care.


  • Longer hospitalizations, more complications, and greater readmissions for patients with comorbid psychiatric disorders undergoing pulmonary lobectomyJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2024 Apr; 167(4):1502-1511. e11. . View in PubMed
  • Association between underweight status and chylothorax after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer: A propensity score-matched analysis JTCVS Open. 2024 Feb; 17:322-335. . View in PubMed
  • Delays to surgery and worse outcomes: The compounding effects of social determinants of health in non-small cell lung cancer JTCVS Open. 2023 Sep; 15:468-478. . View in PubMed
  • Early outcomes of lung transplantation with lung allografts from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-positive donors J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 Aug 23. . View in PubMed
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy, not radiotherapy, prolongs survival for node-negative non-small cell lung cancer with positive surgical margins JTCVS Open. 2023 Jun; 14:472-482. . View in PubMed
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Wound Classification is Prognostic of 30-Day Readmission Following Surgery World J Surg. 2023 10; 47(10):2392-2400. . View in PubMed
  • Estimating revenue, costs, and operating margin of any hospital-based thoracic surgery practice using a novel financial modelJ Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2023 09; 166(3):690-698. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Heart transplantation for pediatric foreign nationals in the United States Clin Transplant. 2023 02; 37(2):e14900. . View in PubMed
  • Benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for resected pathologic N1 non-small cell lung cancer is unrecognized: A subgroup analysis of the JBR10 trial Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Oct 20. . View in PubMed
  • Adhering to guideline concordant care improves survival among the different subtypes of T3 N2 non-small cell lung cancer JTCVS Open. 2022 Jun; 10:384-392. . View in PubMed
  • Oxygenated right ventricular assist device with a percutaneous dual-lumen cannula as a bridge to lung transplantation J Thorac Dis. 2022 Apr; 14(4):832-840. . View in PubMed
  • Commentary: To whom much is given much will be required J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 11; 164(5):1338-1339. . View in PubMed
  • Lung transplantation protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic: a single center experience J Thorac Dis. 2021 Apr; 13(4):2081-2086. . View in PubMed
  • Outcome of Bridge to Lung Transplantation With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Pediatric Patients 12 Years and Older Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 10; 112(4):1083-1088. . View in PubMed
  • A review of liver dysfunction in the lung transplant patient Clin Transplant. 2021 08; 35(8):e14344. . View in PubMed
  • Lung transplantation for the treatment of irreversible acute respiratory distress syndrome Clin Transplant. 2021 02; 35(2):e14182. . View in PubMed
  • National Trends in Extended Criteria Donor Utilization and Outcomes for Lung Transplantation Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 02; 111(2):421-426. . View in PubMed
  • Dabigatran reversal with idarucizumab prior to lung transplantation Clin Transplant. 2021 01; 35(1):e14142. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Lung Transplantation Practices Across the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic Transplantation. 2021 01 01; 105(1):187-192. . View in PubMed
  • Human Lung-Resident Macrophages Colocalize with and Provide Costimulation to PD1hi Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 05 15; 203(10):1230-1244. . View in PubMed
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Primary Graft Dysfunction After Lung Transplantation ASAIO J. 2021 09 01; 67(9):1071-1078. . View in PubMed
  • Oxy-RVAD support for lung transplant in the absence of inferior vena cava J Card Surg. 2020 Dec; 35(12):3603-3605. . View in PubMed
  • Transition of femoral-jugular to dual-stage left subclavian without discontinuation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation J Card Surg. 2020 Oct; 35(10):2794-2797. . View in PubMed
  • Cyclosporin A Administration During Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Preserves Lung Grafts in Rat Transplant Model Transplantation. 2020 09; 104(9):e252-e259. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of Hydromorphone versus Fentanyl-based Sedation in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Propensity-Matched Analysis Pharmacotherapy. 2020 05; 40(5):389-397. . View in PubMed
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation to Overcome Graft-Cavity Disparity of Lung Transplantation Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 04; 109(4):e275-e277. . View in PubMed
  • Successful lung transplantation from a hepatitis C RNA-positive donor to a hepatitis C treatment-experienced recipient with cystic fibrosis J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 10; 158(4):e155-e157. . View in PubMed
  • Jejuno-jejunal intussusception in a post-lung transplant patient from a gastrojejunostomy tube: A case report Int J Surg Case Rep. 2019; 55:129-131. . View in PubMed
  • Three-port thoracoscopic middle lobectomy in a patient after left pneumonectomy Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Apr; 99(4):1422-5. . View in PubMed
  • Phrenic nerve reconstruction in complete video-assisted thoracic surgery Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2015 Jan; 20(1):54-9. . View in PubMed
  • Invasiveness and malignant potential of pulmonary lesions presenting as pure ground-glass opacities Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014; 20(5):347-52. . View in PubMed
  • [Remarkable improvement in dyspnea following bronchofiberscopic ethanol injection therapy -a case report] Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2013 Nov; 40(12):2339-41. . View in PubMed
  • Efficacy and complications of computed tomography-guided hook wire localization Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Oct; 96(4):1203-1208. . View in PubMed
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