Hiroto Kitahara

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Hiroto Kitahara, MD

Clinical Associate of Surgery

Hiroto Kitahara, MD, is an expert cardiac surgeon who uses his experience and skill to treat complex heart conditions with minimally invasive techniques to offer patients the best quality of life. Dr. Kitahara specializes in robotic heart surgery, providing innovated procedures, including heart valve repairs and reconstructionsarrhythmia surgerycoronary artery bypass surgery, heart failure surgery and more. By using robotic and minimally invasive methods, Dr. Kitahara decreases pain, minimize scaring and reduce recovery time for his patients.

As an avid researcher, Dr. Kitahara enhances his clinical practice with ongoing robotic cardiac surgery research that can evaluate new or better treatments and therapies for cardiology patients. His research has been published in several highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular SurgeryAnnals of Thoracic Surgery and more.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Surgery (Japan)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery (Japan)

Practicing Since

  • 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Medical Education



  • Keio University School of Medicine; Tokyo Dental University Ichikawa General Hospital


  • Keio University School of Medicine; University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Asahikawa Ikadaigaku

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  • Aetna PPO
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  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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