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James Kimo Takayesu, MD

Associate Residency Director of HAEMR

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.

  • Phone: 617-726-5636
Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests
Medical education
Curriculum Design
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MS, University of California Berkeley
MD, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Not Accepting New Patients


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.


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.

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