Mitsuo Ochi, the 12th President, Hiroshima University

Profile of President Mitsuo Ochi

Birth date: August 6, 1952
Home town: Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
Area of specialty: knee surgery and ligament reconstruction

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, Hiroshima University, Ochi joined the department of orthopedics at Hiroshima University Hospital and received instruction under Professor Kenya Tsuge, a hand surgery expert of global fame. In 1983, he commenced study in Europe. Ochi became a professor at Shimane Medical University when he was 43 years old. In 2002, he became a professor of Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences at Hiroshima University. He developed a 3D self-cultured cartilage transplant method, under which cells extracted from a patient with knee cartilage damage are cultured and the cultured cells are transplanted to the patient. In April 2013, this method became the first Japanese-developed regenerative medicine therapy eligible for public insurance coverage. Because of achievements like this, Ochi received the President’s Prize of the Science Council of Japan, awarded by the Cabinet Office for contributions to industry-academia-government collaboration, in 2004; the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Science and Technology Promotion Category) in 2010; and the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare award for contributions to industry-academia-government collaboration in 2014. Ochi is also involved in the treatment of injuries suffered by players on the Hiroshima Carp professional baseball team and the Sanfrecce Hiroshima professional soccer team and the prevention of injuries. In 2012, he received the Chugoku Cultural Award.

March 1977 Graduated from the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine,Hiroshima University
May 1977 Physician, Hiroshima University Hospital (resident)
October 1984 MD (Hiroshima University)
April 1985 Assistant, Hiroshima University Hospital
April 1991 Lecturer, Hiroshima University Hospital
April 1994 Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Hiroshima University
September 1995-March 31, 2002  Professor, School of Medicine, Hiroshima University
April 2001 President, Shimane Cooperative Medical Research Center, Shimane Medical University
April 2002 Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Hiroshima University
April 2004 Deputy Director, Hiroshima University Hospital
January 2006 University of Perugia Visiting Professor
March 2006-March 31, 2007 Cancer Treatment Center Director (Concurrent), Hiroshima University Hospital
April 2007-March 31, 2011 Director, Hiroshima University Hospital
April 2008-April 30, 2011 Executive(Medical Affairs), Hiroshima University
May 2009 Thorndike Visiting Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
June 2010 University of Ioannina Visiting Professor
May 2011-March 31, 2012 Executive and Vice President(Medical Affairs), Hiroshima University
April 2012 Professor, Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Hiroshima University
April 2012 Special Assistant to the President, Hiroshima University
July 2013 University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Visiting Professor
September 2013-March 31, 2015 Sports Medical Center Director (Concurrent), Hiroshima University Hospital
March 2014-March 2016 Hasanuddin University, Visiting Professor
April 2015 President, Hiroshima University