Masaaki Sato, MD, PhD

Department of Thoracic Surgery, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Masaaki Sato graduated Kyoto University, Faculty of Medicine in 1999, and obtained Japanese medical license in 1999. He completed his surgical residency training in Kyoto University Hospital and related hospitals from 1999 to 2003.

He started his research in the graduate school, University of Toronto, Canada under supervision of Professor Shaf Keshavjee mainly focusing on chronic rejection after lung transplantation and completed his PhD degree at in 2008. He underwent clinical fellowship in thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery and lung transplantation at Toronto General Hospital from 2008 to 2011. During the time he proposed restrictive allograft syndrome (RAS), a novel form of chronic rejection after lung transplantation in 2010.

He moved to Kyoto University as an assistant professor in 2011, working with Professor Hiroshi Date, and then the University of Tokyo in 2015, working with Professor Jun Nakajima. Current Position is Lecturer, Department of Thoracic Surgery, The University of Tokyo.

He is an active member of American Association for Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), Japanese Association of Chest Surgeons (JACS) and other thoracic and transplantation societies.

The major research interest is lung transplantation and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Regarding lung transplantation, he is continuing his research in chronic rejection (chronic lung allograft dysfunction) especially RAS.

He has also developed the technique of virtual assisted lung mapping (VAL-MAP) in 2012, and has been a principle investigator of 2 multi-center clinical trials, which led to coverage of VAL-MAP by public health insurance in Japan since March, 2018. Next generations of VAL-MAP (VAL-MAP 2.0) is undergoing national multi-center clinical trial.