Prof. Mitsuo Ochi

President, Hiroshima University

Dr. Mitsuo Ochi is a world-famous orthopaedic surgeon, having received more than 150 international invitations for lectures, and has published over 500 English articles in the past. He has developed a 3Dimensional cultured autologous chondrocyte implantation method, for a cartilage defect in the knee for the first time in the world. This procedure has become eligible for public insurance coverage in Japan since 2013. Then, he has developed magnetic targeting injection procedure as a less invasive therapy for cartilage repair. This procedure is also effective in the enhancement of regeneration after tumour resection of urinary bladder or esophagus etc.

He assumed his current position as the President of Hiroshima University since 2015. His professional/research interests lie in the follows fields: Orthopaedics, Regenerative Medicine, Sports Medicine. He is the Society President of Japanese Orthopaedic Society of Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (JOSKAS), ACL Study Group Member, an Honorary Member of Arthroscopy Association of North America, and an Ambassador of The Bone and Joint Decade. He served as a Professor and Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Hiroshima University from 2002 to 2016. He was the first president of Asia-Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society (APKASS) in 2009. He was a Thorndike Visiting Lecturer from 2009 to 2010 at MGH Harvard University. He received many awards including the following: John J. Joyce Award (twice), The President’s Prize of the Science Council of Japan; The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Minimally Invasive Endoscopy Prestigious Doctors Award; Minister of Health Labour and Welfare Award; Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese government.

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