Koichi Tanigawa, MD, PhD

Vice President of the Fukushima Medical University and Senior Director of Radiation Medical Science Center


Koichi Tanigawa graduated from Kyushu University’s Faculty of Medicine in 1982 and started his medical career as an anesthesiologist. With advanced training in acute care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (USA), Dr. Tanigawa developed a new clinical focus and by 2002, was Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Hiroshima University. Since then, Dr. Tanigawa has been contributing to the development of the Japan’s radiation emergency medical system.
In response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis、Prof. Tanigawa led a radiation emergency medical team dispatched to Fukushima. With continued involvement after the acute phase of the nuclear accident, he moved to Fukushima in 2015 to become a vice president of Fukushima Medical University and senior director of its Radiation Medical Science Center. More details are available at:

Major research interests include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, free radicals and reperfusion injury, radiation emergencies and disaster medicine. Dr. Tanigawa is a member of Board of Directors of the Japanese Association for Radiation Accident/Disaster Medicine and Chairman of TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Medical Network Committee.
He reported important issues learned from the Fukushima accident in The Lancet, and has edited a book titled “Radiation Disaster Medicine” (Springer, 2013) with Dr. Rethy K. Chhem.