Koichiro Niwa, MD.

Koichiro Niwa MD, PhD, FACC , FAHA, FJCC

TITLES:      Executive Advisor, Cardiovascular Center, St Luke’s International Hospital, Japan


1976   Graduation, School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

1976-1978 Resident, Fellow of Pediatrics, Chiba University

1976, Medical Degree

1978- 1982 Fellow, Pediatric Cardiology, Tokyo Women’s Medical School

1982-1988 Senior Fellow of Pediatric Cardiology, Chiba University

1988-1995 Chief, Department of Cardiology, Chiba Children’s Hospital,.

1995-1998 Visiting Physician, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, Division of Cardiology, UCLA School of Medicine, (Dr. Joseph K. Perloff ) ,

1998 Department of Adult CHD, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Toronto General Hospital

1998-2011 Director, Departments of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Chiba Cardiovascular Center

2011-2015: Director, Cardiovascular Center, St Luke’s International Hospital, Japan

2016-now: Executive Advisor, Cardiovascular Center, St Luke’s International Hospital, Japan



President, Japanese Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease) JSACHD)

Member, International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease (ISACHD)

President, Asia-Pacific Society for ACHD (APSACHD)

Executive member, Fellow, Japanese College of Cardiology Society (FJCC)

Executive member, Japanese Society of Pediatrics and Cardiovascular Society (JSPCCS)

Fellow, American College of Cardiology (FACC)

Fellow, American Heart Association, (FAHA)


Papers Published

  1. Peer-Reviewed Investigations: 175 papers
  2. Reviews, Editorials, Invited Papers: 197 papers
  3. Book, editor and Chapters:48 papers


Major papers

  1. Niwa K, et al. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of heterotaxia in infants. J Am Coll Cardiol 1994;23:177-183.
  2. Niwa K, et al. Measurement of ventricular volumes by cine magnetic resonance imaging in complex congenital heart disease with morphologically abnormal ventricles. Am Heart J 1996;131:567-575.
  3. Niwa K, Perloff JK, Kaplan S, et al. Eisenmenger syndrome in adults; ventricular septal defect, truncus arteriosus and univentricular hearts. J Am Coll Cardiol 1999;34:223-232.
  4. Niwa K, Perloff JK, Bhuta S, et al. Structural abnormalities of great arterial walls in congenital heart disease. Light and electron microscopic analysis. Circulation 2001;103; 393-400.
  5. Niwa K, Siu S, Webb G, Gatzoulis M. Progressive aortic root dilatation in adults late after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. Circulation 2002; 106: 1374-1378.
  6. Niwa K, et al. Mortality and risk factors for late deaths in tetralogy of Fallot: the Japanese Nationwide Multicenter Survey.  Cardiol Young 2002; 12: 453-460.
  7. Niwa K, Perloff JK, Webb GD, et al. Survey of specialized tertiary care facilities for adults with congenital heart disease. Int J Cardiol 2004; 96: 211-216.
  8. Niwa K, et al. Infective endocarditis in congenital heart disease: Japanese national collaboration study. Heart 2005; 91: 795-80
  9. Niwa K. The coronary circulation in adults with congenital heart disease. Intern Med 2006, 45: 1199-1200.
  10. Niwa K, et al. Arrhythmia and reduced heart rate variability during pregnancy in women with congenital heart disease and previous reparative surgery. Int J Cardiol 2007; 122: 143-148.
  11. Niwa K. ACHD achievements in the Asia-Pacific region. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology 34 (2012) 57–60.
  12. Niwa K, et al. Guidelines for Indication and Management of Pregnancy and Delivery in Women with Heart Disease (JCS 2010): digest version. JCS Joint Working Group. Circ J. 2012;76(1):240-60. Epub 2011 Dec 17.

13, Niwa K. Aortopathy in Congenital Heart Disease in Adults: Aortic Dilatation with Decreased Aortic Elasticity that Impacts Negatively on Left Ventricular Function. Korean Circ J 2013;43:215-20.

14, Niwa K. Asia-Pacific pediatric cardiac society: My vision for the next decade. Ann Ped Cardiol 2014;7 supple1: S11-S20.

15, Niwa K. Adults with congenital heart disease transition. Curr Opin Pediatr 2015; 27: 576-580.

16, Niwa K. Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. In, Congenital Heart Disease: Molecular Genetics, Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment. Muenke M, Kruszka PS, Sable CA, Belmont JW eds. Karger, Basel, 2015:  70–79.