Dr. Yasuyuki Kato, MD, MPH
Chief of Devision of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, Disease Control and Prevention Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Dr Kato is Chief of Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, Disease Control and Prevention Centre, National Centre for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) in Tokyo. His background is in medicine and infectious disease. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine in 1995. After completing clinical training on internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Tokyo Metropolitan Komagome Hospital, he began working at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital, where he experienced the outbreak of SARS. He has worked with NCGM since 2005. During his time with NCGM, Dr Kato accumulated experience in avian influenza (H5N1) and tropical infectious diseases in Vietnam and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Turkey. During that time, he obtained his MPH from The Johns Hopkins University.
Since 2011, he has been the principal investigator of the highly infectious diseases clinical response research group (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research). In that capacity, he has been involved in supporting medical institutions designated for highly infectious diseases across Japan. In 2012, he was sent to Uganda for the control of the simultaneous outbreak of Ebola and Marburg haemorrhagic fevers as a WHO consultant. In May and August 2014, he was sent to Liberia to support the outbreak response for Ebola haemorrhagic fever again. He is a member of the national case management committee on highly infectious disease in Japan.