Koichi Tanaka
Professor, Department of Transplantation and Immunology
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

Reason for Selection and his Major Achievement:
Theme: Establishment and development of the living-donor liver transplantation system

Dr. Koichi Tanaka developed and established the living-donor liver transplantation system, which has became a standard treatment for liver failure in Japan, where domestic social conditions are unfavorable for transplantations from brain-dead donors. With continuous creative efforts to advance the transplantation technique and perioperative management, he has dedicated his career to the development of organ transplantation in Japan. He has also played a leading role in the worldwide dissemination of this technique and in education programs related to living-donor transplantations, and his achievements are globally appreciated. To date, Dr. Tanaka has performed over 1000 living-donor liver transplantations, 831 of which were performed at Kyoto University. This number proves him to be one of the most experienced surgeons in the world. As donor-organ shortages continue to lead to the loss of lives, even in Western countries where liver transplantation from brain-dead donors is more accepted and more frequently performed, high hopes are placed on the further activities of Dr. Tanaka as a clinician and a researcher.
1966 Medical School; Faculty of Medicine Kyoto University

Academic Positions:
1966-1968 Kyoto University Hospital
1968-1975 Shimane Pref. Hospital
1975-1995 Surgeon, Junior Associate, Senior Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, the Second Department of Surgery, Kyoto University Hospital
1995- Professor and Director, Department of Transplantation and Immunology, Kyoto University Hospital
2001- President of Kyoto University Hospital