About Kimo Takayesu, MD

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 in 1999 during which time he also earned a Masters in Health Sciences Education from UC Berkeley.  He completed his residency with the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Mass General Brigham in 2003. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Takayesu served as the Associate Residency Director of HAEMR from 2004-2018 during which time he organized and implemented the integration of simulation education and competency assessment into the residency curriculum. He also served as the Assistant Clerkship Director & Clerkship Director of the Emergency Medicine at MGH from 2004-2018. His teaching excellence and educational innovation have been recognized by multiple awards including the MGH Department of Internal Medicine Stanley Wyman Educator Award, MGH Department of Emergency Medicine Educator of the Year Award, many HAEMR Outstanding Attending Awards, and the MGH Physician Assistant Attending of the Year Award.

He is currently the HAEMR Education Fellowship Director (est. 2018) as well as the MGH Departmental Simulation Officer, coordinating inter-professional educational initiatives in both the MGH Learning Lab and in-situ in the MGH emergency department.


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Mass General Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-724-4100

Medical Education

  • MD, UC San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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

Along with a history of developing core competency education and assessment within our EM residency program using a variety of teaching methods including seminars, small group work, and simulation,  I also 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 simulation-based competency assessment methods. Working within the department of emergency medicine as Simulation Officer affords me many opportunities to improve upon current educational practice using in-situ and lab-based simulation.


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