Kazuo TSUBOTA (Japan)

Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD is the professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine, his alma mater, in Tokyo, Japan. An internationally recognized dry eye specialist, Prof Tsubota has been working on the pathogenesis and treatment of dry eye. One focus of his research is improving the ocular surface and proper function of vision through assessing functional visual acuity. Other research projects include ocular surface reconstruction, regeneration of the cornea, lacrimal gland, immunology of Sjogren’s syndrome, dry eye, and wound healing of refractive surgery. In addition, Prof. Tsubota serves as president of the Asia Dry Eye Society and the Japanese Dry Eye Society. Prof Tsubota was the first Japanese recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1994.