The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


水野 篤/Atsushi Mizuno


Atsushi Mizuno

Last updated : July 15, 2024

Director, Medical Quality Management Office/Faculty, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, St. Luke’s International Hospital

Areas of Expertise
  • Quality improvement
  • Behavioral economics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Palliative care

Currently serving dual roles at St. Luke's International Hospital, in the Cardiology Department and the Quality Improvement (QI) Center, as well as a Clinical Associate Professor of Acute Care Nursing at the affiliated international university. Graduated from Kyoto University's Faculty of Medicine in 2005 and completed initial training at Kobe City General Hospital (now Kobe City Medical Center Central Hospital). Joined St. Luke's International Hospital in 2007. In 2020, worked with the Nudge Unit at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2022, has been leading the Medical Quality Management Office at St. Luke's International Hospital.

Research Program
Human Resource Development for Data-Driven Healthcare Policy

Select Publications

  • Mizuno A, Kaneko H, Suzuki Y, Okada A, Takeda N, Morita H, Fujiu K, Node K, Yasunaga H, Komuro I. Enduring Relevance of the Stages of Change Model for Transforming Lifestyle Behaviors. Circ J. 2023 Jul 25;87(8):1138-1142. doi:10.1253/circj.CJ-23-0292. Epub 2023 Jun 30. PMID: 37394571.
  • Mizuno A, Kusunose K, Kishi T, Rewley J, Matsumoto C, Sahashi Y, Ishida M, Sanada S, Fukuda M, Sugimoto T, Hirano M, Yoneoka D, Sata M, Anzai T, Node K. Impact of Tweeting Summaries by the Japanese Circulation Society Official Account on Article Viewership - Pilot Trial. Circ J. 2022 Mar 25;86(4):715-720. doi: 10.1253/circj.CJ-21-0944. Epub 2022 Mar 12. PMID: 35283367.
  • Mizuno A, Patel MS, Park SH, Hare AJ, Harrington TO, Adusumalli S. Statin Prescribing Patterns During In-Person and Telemedicine Visits Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2021 Oct;14(10):e008266. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.121.008266. Epub 2021 Sep 23. PMID: 34551588; PMCID:PMC8530894.
  • Mizuno A, Rewley J, Kishi T, Matsumoto C, Sahashi Y, Ishida M, Sanada S, Fukuda M, Sugimoto T, Hirano M, Node K. Relationship Between Official Twitter Ambassadors and the Number of Retweets in the Annual Congress - "Tweet the Meeting". Circ Rep. 2021 Jun 30;3(7):414-418. doi: 10.1253/circrep.CR-21-0063. PMID: 34250283; PMCID: PMC8258185.
  • Mizuno A, Matsumoto C, Yoneoka D, Kishi T, Ishida M, Sanada S, Fukuda M, Saito Y, Yamauchi-Takihara K, Tsutsui H, Fukuda K, Komuro I, Node K. Cardiology Department Practices in the First Wave of the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic – A Nationwide Survey in Japan by the Japanese Circulation Society. Circ Rep. 2021 Feb 5;3(3):137-141. doi: 10.1253/circrep.CR-21-0002. PMID: 33738346; PMCID: PMC7956880.
  • Mizuno A, Matsumoto C, Kishi T, Ishida M, Sanada S, Fukuda M, Komuro I, Hirata K, Node K. Cardiology Department Policy in Japan After Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) - Descriptive Summary of 2nd Nationwide Survey by the Japanese Circulation Society. Circ Rep. 2021 Jan 29;3(2):100-104. doi: 10.1253/circrep.CR-21-0003. PMID: 33693296; PMCID: PMC7939954.
  • Mizuno A, Kishi T, Matsumoto C, Ishida M, Sanada S, Fukuda M, Sahashi Y, Sugimoto T, Hirano M, Yoshikawa Y, Yamamoto E, Kimura T, Node K. Two-Year Experience in "Tweeting the Meeting" During the Scientific Sessions – Rapid Report From the Japanese Circulation Society. Circ Rep. 2020 Sep 25;2(11):691-694. doi: 10.1253/circrep.CR-20-0093. PMID: 33693196; PMCID: PMC7937497.
  • Mizuno A, Kishi T, Matsumoto C, Kawai F, Ishida M, Sanada S, Hokimoto S, Saito Y, Yamauchi-Takihara K, Komuro I, Node K. Potential Role of Twitter at an Annual Congress in Japan - Narrative Literature Review of "Tweet the Meeting".Circ Rep. 2019 Sep 19;1(10):401-404. doi: 10.1253/circrep.CR-19-0046. PMID:33693076; PMCID: PMC7897545.
  • Mizuno A, Miyashita M, Ohde S, Takahashi O, Yamauchi S, Nakazawa H, Komiyama N. Differences in aggressive treatments during the actively dying phase in patients with cancer and heart disease: an exploratory study using the sampling dataset of the National Database of Health Insurance Claims. Heart Vessels. 2021 Jan 5. doi: 10.1007/s00380-020-01734-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33399899.
  • Mizuno A, Changolkar S, Patel MS. Wearable Devices to Monitor and Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Evidence and Opportunities. Annu Rev Med. 2020 Sep 4. doi: 10.1146/annurev-med-050919-031534. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32886543.
  • Mizuno A, Miyashita M, Kohno T, Tokuda Y, Fujimoto S, Nakamura M, Takayama M, Niwa K, Fukuda T, Ishimatsu S, Kinoshita S, Oishi S, Mochizuki H, Utsunomiya A, Takada Y, Ochiai R, Mochizuki T, Nagao K, Yoshida S, Hayashi A, Sekine R, Anzai  Quality indicators of palliative care for acute cardiovascular diseases. J Cardiol. 2020 Aug;76(2):177-183. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2020.02.010. Epub 2020 Mar19. PMID: 32199753.
  • Mizuno A, Niwa K, Ochiai R, Shiraishi I, Sumita Y, Daida H, Fukuda T, Miyamoto Y, Nishimura K, Ogawa H, Yasuda S. Impact of facilities accredited by both adult and pediatric cardiology societies on the outcome of patients with adult congenital heart disease. J Cardiol. 2019 Aug 14. pii: S0914-5087(19)30217-5.doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2019.06.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31421934.
  • Mizuno A, Shibata T, Oishi S. The Essence of Palliative Care Is Best Viewed as the "Problematization". J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan;22(1):6. doi:10.1089/jpm.2018.0501. PubMed PMID: 30633703; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6362320.
  • Mizuno A, Shibata A, Saito A. You Can Never be too Prepared: ECMO for MCA. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Sep 19. pii: S0002-9378(18)30791-9. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2018.09.019. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30243608.
  • Mizuno A, Iguchi H, Sawada Y, Nomura H, Komiyama N, Watanabe S, Yoshikawa A. Real clinical management of patients with isolated superior mesenteric artery dissection in Japan. J Cardiol. 2018 Feb;71(2):155-158. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2017.08.006. Epub 2017 Sep 30. PubMed PMID: 28969970.
  • Mizuno A, Iguchi H, Sawada Y, Hurley M, Nomura H, Hayashi K, Tokuda Y, Watanabe S, Yoshikawa A. The impact of carperitide usage on the cost of hospitalization and outcome in patients with acute heart failure: High value care vs. low value care campaign in Japan. Int J Cardiol. 2017 Apr 26. pii: S0167-5273(17)30779-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.04.078. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28476514.
  • Mizuno A, Miyashita M, Hayashi A, Kawai F, Niwa K, Utsunomiya A, Kohsaka S, Kohno T, Yamamoto T, Takayama M, Anzai T. Potential palliative care quality indicators in heart disease patients: A review of the literature. J Cardiol. 2017 Apr 17. pii: S0914-5087(17)30086-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2017.02.010. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 28427868.
  • Mizuno A, Yoshida S, Hayashi K. Not Illness Trajectory but Bayesian-Estimated Rate Model Should Be Appropriately Explained When Discussing Palliative Care in Heart Disease. J Palliat Med. 2017 Mar 15. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0074. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28296558.
  • Mizuno A, Morita Y, Fuwa S, Arioka H, Harano Y, Niwa K, Saida Y. Transcatheter Embolization of High-flow Renal Arteriovenous Fistula Using N-butyl Cyanoacrylate Accompanied by Delayed Hydronephrosis. Intern Med. 2016;55(23):3459-3463. PubMed PMID: 27904109.
  • Mizuno A, Niwa K. The problems related with primary repair for tetralogy of Fallot, especially about transannular patch repair. Transl Pediatr. 2017 Jan;6(1):8-10. doi: 10.21037/tp.2016.06.05. PubMed PMID: 28164024.

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