Toshiaki Saida is a former Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan. He is now a Professor Emeritus at the Shinshu University. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1971 and 1983, respectively. After clinical training at the University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan, he went to Boston, Mass, USA, in 1984, and worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a Visiting Fellow. He returned to the University of Tokyo Branch Hospital, Japan, and served as an Associate Professor and the Chief of Dermatology, and then moved to the Shinshu University, where he worked as the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology from 1989 to 2009. In 1991, he received the Seiji Memorial Award. He served as the Chief Investigator of the Japanese Melanoma Research Group and also as the Chairman of the Board of the Japanese Skin Cancer Society. His major interest is cutaneous oncology including malignant melanoma, and he is particularly interested in characterization of early acral melanoma, the most prevalent subtype of melanoma in nonwhite populations. His classification of the dermoscopic patterns of acral melanocytic lesions has been accepted and used internationally. Moreover, he discovered a unique dermoscopic pattern (the parallel ridge pattern) highly specific to early acral melanoma. Based on these findings, he recently proposed the 3-step algorithm for the early detection of acral melanoma.
Biography Updated on 9 August 2009