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Nobuhiro Sato is currently Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chief of Division of Gastroenterology, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Nobuhiro Sato was born in Osaka and educated mainly in the City of Osaka. He obtained his MD degree from Osaka University Medical School in 1965, and finished his internship at its attached hospital. This is where he began his career as a physician.
At the same time, Professor Sato studied the mechanism of electron transport in the mitochondrial respiratory chain, as a staff member in the Department of Biochemistry, Osaka University. He then went to the Johnson Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he clarified an important role of mitochondrial b-type cytochromes in oxidative phosphorylation, under Professor B. Chance. Returning to Osaka, he became involved in a research program on the abnormality of mitochondria in GI and liver diseases.
In 1990, Nobuhiro Sato was invited to Tokyo as Professor and Chief of the Department of Gastroenterology at Juntendo University School of Medicine. Juntendo Hospital has the longest history of Western-style hospitals in Japan.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- I respected my boss, in every sense, who was Chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Osaka University Hospital, and he influenced me.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Professor Britton Chance, and the President of Juntendo University, Professor H. Ogawa, - a dermatologist.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- Papers that appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 1955, written by B. Chance.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- There are multiple forms of b-type cytochromes in the mitochondrial respiratory chain, some of which are coupled with oxidative phosphorylation.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- I have made too many mistakes to mention.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To become an A-class licensed driver for Formula 1.
- What is your greatest regret?
- That maybe I should not have returned to Japan.
- How do you relax?
- Listening to music, and playing golf.
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your best place in the world?
- What is your favorite film?
- "Gone with the Wind".
- What car do you drive?
- Honda Legend.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- None in particular.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Zen - Religion
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Because of Professor Roy Pounder's suggestion.