Department of Ophthalmology,Kyushu University Hospital.


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Koh-Hei Sonoda

Welcome to our web site. Our department was founded in 1903, and had seven former chair professors until 2015. I’m 8th chairman and try to stimulate translational research focus on vitreo-retinal disease, uveitis, and orbital tumor/inflammatory disease.
Please enjoy our web site and let me know if you have collaborative ideas and need more scientific communication.
FAX. +81-92-642-5663 / E-Mail.

Koh-Hei Sonoda, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology,Graduate School of Medical Science at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka, Japan
Professor Sonoda gained his MD in 1991 before completing his PhD in immunology at Kyushu University. He then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, USA, before returning to Kyushu University as an Assistant Professor in 2000. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine from 2010 to 2015 and took up his current position at Kyushu University in 2015.
Professor Sonoda’s major research interests include the regulation of ocular inflammation, the role of innate T cells for the maintenance of ocular immune privilege, uveitis, the regulation of corneal graft rejection after corneal transplantation and the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of AMD. He is a member of several national and international societies focusing on immunology, ophthalmology and ocular inflammation. He is the recipient of the Cora Verhargen Award (1999); the Young Investigator Award, Japanese Ophthalmological Society (2004); The 10th ROHTO AWARD (2004); The Japanese Ophthalmological Society Council Award (2007) and the Medical Research Encouragement Prize of The Japan Medical Association (2007).

Research content

  • Ocular Inflammation Group
  • Ocular Fibrosis Group
  • IRDs and Gene Therapy Group
  • Retinal Imaging and Vascular Biology Group
  • Hisayama Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group
  • Nerve Regeneration Group
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Publication and Achievements

    An introduction to the Achieve ments and Research of the Department of Opthalmology, Kyushu Univeristy Hospital.
  • Joint Meeting

    the 15th joint meeting of chinese-japanese-korean ophthalmologists september 11,2022


CampasMap in Kyushu Univercity

Kyushu University Hospital is located in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture called "the entrance of Asia" from the geographical and historical background that it is close to the Korean Peninsula and the Asian continent in Japan. It has transport functions such as compact airport, port, JR / Shinkansen, highway, etc. It is attracting attention from home and abroad as a vibrant city in Japan.

【Information on major transportation facilities】

・When using Fukuoka Airport
 About 15 minutes by taxi/13 minutes by Fukuoka Municipal Subway

・When using the Fukuoka municipal subway
 Subway Line 2 (Hakozaki Line)"Maidashi Kyushu University Hospital" Get off 2 minutes on foot
 13 minutes from Fukuoka airport/10 minutes from Hakata Station/6 minutes from Tenjin

For details such as the route from each transportation,
please visit Kyushu University Hospital's website.

  • Japanese Ophthalmological Society