Dr Kentaro Sugano is a professor emeritus at Jichi Medical University since 2014. He served the president of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology (JSGE) from 2009 to 2014. At present, he is the president of the Organization of Japanese Digestive Disease Week (JDDW). He is also a member of International Committee of American Gastroenterology Association (AGA). Dr Kentaro Sugano received his doctorate and degree in medicine at the University of Tokyo. Further education at the Tokyo University Hospital led to the PhD. Dr Sugano did research at the University of California, and at the University of Michigan.