Message from the Dean

Welcome to the world of professionals who contribute to whole body health through dental care

Dean, School of Dentistry
Kotaro Tanimoto

The world is transforming into a highly advanced information driven society. In response to globalization, modern science and technology is steadily progressing. Thereby, there is a need to provide more advanced, safer, and globally standardized dental care. Since the pathology is understood at the molecular level and AI is in the process of being utilized for medical information analysis, dentistry must be advanced continuously.
On the other hand, the importance of dental care has been reconsidered from the viewpoint of promoting whole body health due to the super-aging society in the local community. There is an urgent need to engage in dental care with high communication skills and a warm heart, leading to further enhancement of people’s QOL.
The BioDental education program developed by Hiroshima University is packed with know-how to foster dentists in next generation who can meet the aforementioned needs. In addition to advanced and diverse classes, the international environment is also an important element for BioDental education.
Let’s learn in our faculty and fly to the world as a leader in the future of dental care!


Kotaro Tanimoto, Ph.D., DDS., is a Professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences since 2013, and is the Dean of School of Dentistry, Hiroshima University since 2020. He received his Ph.D. (2001) in dental science from Hiroshima University. Dr. Tanimoto worked at the Department of Orofacial Sciences, University of California, San Francisco as a visiting assistant professor (2005-2007 with Prof. PK. DenBesten), and an assistant professor, at the Department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Developmental Biology, Hiroshima University Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Lecturer, at Hiroshima University Hospital. He specializes in Orthodontics and has been consistently involved in clinical and research work of temporomandibular disorders. We aim to establish safer and more reliable treatments based on the clinical and basic research.  In 2016, he was involved in the establishment of the Hiroshima University Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center, and has been the director since 2016.