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James Kimo Takayesu, MD

  • Associate Residency Director of HAEMR


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James Kimo Takayesu, M.D., is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Emergency Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Medical education
  • Curriculum Design
Medical Education
  • MS, University of California Berkeley
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. James Kimo Takayesu, an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, received his M.D. from the University of California San Francisco. He completed his residency with the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and MGH. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Takayesu is the Associate Residency Director of HAEMR, where he designs and implements the Emergency Medicine educational curriculum, integrating informational and procedural learning, using ACGME's Outcomes Project guidelines. As the Assistant Clerkship Director of the Emergency Medicine rotation at MGH, Dr. Takayesu oversees the clinical exposure of medical students to the ED environment and has improved the student summative evaluation process to comply with ACGME core competency objectives.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

My research interests include curriculum and teaching method design, simulation education, applied educational theory, performance appraisal, professional development, patient-doctor communication, and patient satisfaction.

I am currently researching the integration of core competency education and assessment within our EM residency program using a variety of teaching methods including seminars, small group work, and simulation. In conjunction with my residency team, I have also developed and implemented a model for a core set of teaching faculty committed to refining teaching methods within our residency. I have organized a simulation- and seminar-integrated, reproducible curriculum for EM training. I have the privilege of working clinically with incredibly gifted residents from many MGH departments and enjoy the many opportunities for bedside teaching and resident professional development that our academic environment provides.

My life-long interest and commitment to education and teaching innovation informs my current pursuits of understanding simulation education, seminar-based teaching, and integration of core competency education using a variety of teaching methods. Working within the Emergency Medicine residency and MGH EM student clerkship gives me many opportunities to practice and improve upon current educational practice. I look forward to using this knowledge to improve our teaching practices for residents and students nationally in the future.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-5636
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