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Alisa Yamasaki, M.D.


Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Alisa Yamasaki is a resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests are broad and include fields within both general and subspecialty otolaryngology.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Yamasaki, a Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School graduate, worked as a healthcare consultant in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, which has helped shape her research as a student and trainee. She recently implemented an international research collaboration between academic hospitals in Tokyo, Japan, and Boston to analyze the discharge care coordination process for high-risk geriatric patient populations. Other research interests include innovative models in surgical healthcare delivery, international comparative healthcare, and surgical quality improvement. Dr. Yamasaki also has a background in classical piano performance and has been involved in music and medicine research to explore the clinical applications of music in perioperative settings.

For more information on Dr. Yamasaki, check out her Google Scholar page.


Undergraduate School
Dartmouth College (Molecular and Cellular Biology, Japanese, Music [minor])

Medical School
Harvard Medical School


Musical preference correlates closely to professional roles and specialties in operating room: A multicenter cross-sectional cohort study with 672 participants. Surgery. 2016 May. 159(5):1260-8.

A rare finding of schwannoma of the vidian canal: A case report. J Neurol Surg Rep. 2015 Jul. 76(1):e48-51.

How we used a patient visit tracker tool to advance experiential learning in systems-based practice and quality improvement in a medical student clinic. Chen CA, Park RJ, Hegde JV, Jun T, Christman MP, Yoo SM, Yamasaki A, Berhanu A, Vohra-Khullar P, Remus K, Schwartzstein RM, Weinstein AR. Med Teach. 2014 Nov. 17:1-5.

The impact of music on metabolism. Yamasaki A, Booker A, Kapur V, Tilt A, Niess H, Lillemoe KD, Warshaw AL, Conrad C. Nutrition. 2012 Nov-Dec. 28(11-12):1075-80.

Syndecan 4 regulates FGFR1 signaling in endothelial cells by directing macropinocytosis. Elfenbein A, Lanahan A, Zhou TX, Yamasaki A, Tkachenko E, Matsuda M, Simons M. Sci Signal. 2012 May 8. 5(223):ra36.