Yusuke Terasaki

Yusuke Terasaki, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgeon

"As a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, I consider it an absolute privilege to care for patients and repair their hearts. With the help of the dedicated staff here at the DMC Heart and Vascular, I strive to provide surgical options and care that is best suited for each individual."


  • Medical School: Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
  • Internship/Residency: (General Surgery and Surgical Oncology) New York Presbyterian HospitalCornell/Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Medical Specialties: Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Total Arterial Revascularization, Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement, Aortic Aneurysm Surgery, Ventricular Assist Device Surgery, Global Surgery

DMC Hospital Affiliation: DMC Heart Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Philosophy Of Care

As a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Yusuke Terasaki considers it an absolute privilege to care for patients and repair their hearts. His primary role is to provide the patient with accurate information about their condition or diagnosis. That usually includes defining the best options of treatment that are available and tailoring them to meet each individual’s particular needs. His mission is to always offer the most up-to-date therapies to his patients and their families.


Dr. Terasaki has a particular interest in humanitarian surgery, which stems from his service as a high school biology teacher in the United States Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. He completed his general surgery residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Following his residency, he spent a year between Sierra Leone in Africa and the Navajo Nation in Arizona as a trauma/general surgeon. Having practiced in nontraditional surgical settings taught him the importance of being creative and resourceful in the operative room. Dr. Terasaki completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and is excited to reunite with his mentor, Dr. Kenton Zehr, at the DMC Heart and Vascular. When Dr. Terasaki is not seeing patients, he enjoys tennis, snowboarding, cooking, and traveling. He is fluent in English and Japanese and proficient in Spanish and Twi (Ghanaian dialect).


  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Pulmonary Embolectomy
  • ASD/VSD Repair
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Surgery
  • Anomalous Coronary Repair
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return Surgery

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