He is also the Director of Japanese Surgical Society and the President of Japanese Society of Regenerative Medicine. He earned a medical degree from Osaka University Medical School in 1980 and joined the First Department of Surgery, Osaka University School of Medicine. In 1989, he earned Humboldt scholarship to pursue further education in both the departments of cardiovascular physiology and cardiac surgery at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. After returning to Japan, he became Chief surgeon at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in 2004, Professor and Chief at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, the Director at Medical Center for Translational Research at Osaka University Hospital in 2006. He was appointed to the Dean at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine from 2015 – March 2017.
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