Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Former Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa is Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, and Founding Chairman of Health Policy Institute, Japan, an independent think-tank promoting healthcare reform. Among his many prestigious positions, he served as Science Advisor to the Cabinet and Prime Minister of Japan (2006-08); and a Commissioner on the World Health Organization’s Commission for Social Determinants of Health (2005-08).

Dr. Kurokawa received his MD degree from the University of Tokyo, was trained in internal medicine and nephrology in Tokyo, then moved to the US where he pursued his professional career in 1969-84. He was Professor of Medicine at various Departments of Medicine including the School of Medicine of UCLA (79-84), the University of Tokyo (89-96), and Dean of Tokai University School of Medicine (96-02). He has served as an executive officer of many professional societies. He served as the Chairman and President of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine and President of the International Society of Nephrology and the Japanese Society of Nephrology. Dr. Kurokawa was the President of the Science Council of Japan (02-06), of the Pacific Science Association (03-06) and of Science Council of Asia. He is an Executive Member of InterAcademy Panel and InterAcademy Council. Dr Kurokawa is an elected member of, among many associations,the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies of Science and the Association of American Physicians. He joined other leaders of the G8 science academies in presenting to the Heads of G8 States a call for action on “Global Climate Change and Africa” in 2005, which was implemented by the G8.