Dr. Yamada received an M.D. from Tokyo Women's Medical University. She completed residency training in Ophthalmology at Keio University, Tokyo. Following residency training, she completed a fellowship in Ophthalmology and accepted a position as an attending physician in Ophthalmology at Yokohama Municipal Citizen's Hospital in Yokohama, Japan, then joined the faculty of Nippon Kokan Hospital in Kawasaki, Japan as Chairperson, Department of Ophthalmology. To fulfill her academic interest, Dr. Yamada initiated residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, joined the faculty as a Clinical Assistant. She accepted a position as Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and then at University of Michigan. She works in AABB and American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) as a member of subcommittees, and Michigan Association of Blood Banks (MABB). Her research interest includes apheresis, especially plasmapheresis support for organ transplantations and thrombotic microangiopahty including TTP and aHUS, and transfusion associated hyperkalemia in pediatric population.