Kiyokazu Nakajima, MD, PhD, FACS, is the Chief Investigator of the Division of Next Generation Endoscopic Intervention (Project ENGINE), Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics at Osaka University, and Specially Appointed Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Osaka University.

Dr. Nakajima is one of the nation’s leading experts in minimally invasive surgery, especially for inflammatory bowel diseases, functional GI diseases, and GI stromal tumors. In 2008, he was recognized for performing Japan’s first human partial gastrectomy using a natural orifice.

An internationally renowned pioneer in minimally invasive surgery and state-of-the-art laparoscopic technologies for colorectal cancer, he holds more than 70 patents and more than 15 prototype devices, including three pending approvals. Seven of his ideas have been successfully and profitably commercialized. His newly developed system that enables steady pressure, automatically controlled endoscopy in the GI tract is now going through initial clinical trials.

Dr. Nakajima recently received a special award from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan for developing innovative endoscopic devices.

Dr. Nakajima’s Publications