Can you introduce yourself, give us a brief description about who you are, and where you are based in the world.
I am originally from Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. Currently, I am the Director of the Department of Pulmonology at Kameda Medical Center and serve as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. I completed my Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at Kyushu University in 2006 and obtained my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka Metropolitan University in 2023.
I am actively engaged as a board-certified specialist and trainer for the Japanese Respiratory Society and the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases. At the same time, I have been an Associate Editor of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics since 2019.
In a few sentences, please describe the focus of your work.
My work revolves around clinical practice, education, and research in the field of respiratory medicine. Clinically, I address a broad spectrum of respiratory issues including asthma, COPD, pneumonia, interstitial lung diseases, and lung cancer. In terms of education, I am involved in training young physicians at Kameda Medical Center and serve as the principal organizer for the Clinical Respiratory Association for Training and Education (CREATE), where we frequently host webinars.
My clinical research primarily targets respiratory infections, focusing on vaccinations and Pneumocystis pneumonia. I have been deeply engaged in studies evaluating the immunogenicity and effectiveness of influenza vaccines, pneumococcal vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccines. As for Pneumocystis pneumonia, my research spans from its diagnosis to therapeutic approaches.