Kohji Nishida, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Osaka, Japan. He received his M.D. degree from Osaka University in 1988, where he also completed his residency in Department of Ophthalmology with subsequent subspecialty training on the cornea and external diseases. In 1992, he joined the faculty at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan, while also continuing his activity in corneal research at Osaka University. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 from Osaka University and then undertook research training as a Research Associate at the Salk Institute (San Diego, Calif, USA), where he studied stem cell biology from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, he then returned to Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka University as an Associate Professor in 2004. During this time, Dr. Nishida performed clinical duties and teaching, as well as both clinical and basic research regarding the cornea and external diseases. In 2006, he moved to be the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tohoku Graduate University of Medicine. In 2010, he has assumed the current position. Dr. Nishida’s clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and management of corneal and external diseases. In particular, he has a great interest in the surgical management for corneal diseases. He has also long-term focusing on stem cell biology and tissue engineering of the cornea. He first succeeded in the clinical application of a novel corneal bioengineering technology using autologous oral mucosal stem cells (New England Journal of Medicine 2006).
Biography Updated on 21 February 2011