Title: Microbiology Educator
Location: Takatsuki-shi, Osaka, Japan
Hak Hotta, MD, PhD, Microbiology Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Hotta grew up in a family of doctors, which inspired him to pursue the profession. His decision to pursue medicine came from his mother’s work as a dietician. He earned an MD from the Graduate School of Medicine at Osaka University in 1974, which was later followed up by a PhD from Kobe University. During his time as a clinician, he saw many individuals suffering from lethal diseases. This experience was the driving factor behind his decision to specialize in virology.
Dr. Hotta’s professional endeavors began with several roles as a physician. From 1974 until 1975, he was with the Osaka University Hospital, followed by a position at the Hyogo Prefectural Nishinomiya Hospital. In 1977, he began work as a research associate in microbiology at the Kobe University School of Medicine. This position acted as the catalyst to his transition into the medical education industry. In 1988, he was hired by the Kobe University School of Medicine once more as an associate professor of microbiology. This was the first of many esteemed positions within the university, including endowed professor of the Graduate School of Health Sciences. In 2015, he was distinguished as a professor emeritus of medicine. He holds that title today, demonstrating success alongside his concurrent position as a professor for the faculty of nutrition and clinical dietetics at the Konan Women’s University.
Out of Dr. Hotta’s many great accomplishments, he is most proud of his work towards finding the mechanisms of the Hepatitis-C virus that lead to diabetes. In recognition of his myriad accomplishments, he has been the recipient of the Yearly Award from the Asian Pacific Society for Medical Virology consistently since 2008. He has additionally found success in sharing his knowledge through written works. In 1994, he authored the publication, “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.” Further, he has contributed to over 250 articles within professional journals. As a testament to his multitude of success, he is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Asia, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World. In the future, Dr. Hotta hopes to continue his research work at Kobe University.
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