Chief Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Vice Dean, Kumamoto University.

Deputy Hospital Director and Director of Liver Disease Center, Kumamoto University Hospital.

Prof. Yasuhito Tanaka has been working as a Gastroenterologist (Hepatologist) since 1991 and treated many patients with chronic viral hepatitis. Dr. Tanaka obtained his PhD. from Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan. In 1999, he joined the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a Visiting Fellowship. After serving as Assistant professor (2001-2002), Lecturer (2002-2006), and Associate professor (2006-2009) at the Department of Clinical Molecular Informative Medicine, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, he became Professor and Director, Department of Virology & Liver unit, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences (2006-2020). Since 2020, Dr. Tanaka has been serving as Professor of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Vice Dean Faculty of Life Science at Kumamoto University, and Deputy Hospital Director and Director of Liver Center, and Director of Endoscopy Center at Kumamoto University Hospital. He has been working on molecular evolutionary analyses of HBV and HCV using human samples, and also leading National Projects about GWAS and drug screening for developing HBV therapeutics. His clinical studies contributed to making Japanese guideline to prevent HBV reactivation by HBV-DNA monitoring.