Yoshiki Sawa is the Professor at Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine. Research activities include heart transplantation, artificial organs, gene and regenerative therapies. Dedication to the research led to receive numerous awards and honors, such as Japan Biomaterial Association Award, Scientific Technology Award sponsored by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare award. He is also the President of Japanese Society of Regenerative Medicine and the President of Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery.
Earned a medical degree from Osaka University Medical School in 1980 and joined the First Department of Surgery, Osaka University School of Medicine. In 1989, earned Humboldt scholarship to pursue further education in both the departments of cardiovascular physiology and cardiac surgery at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. After returning to Japan, became Chief surgeon at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in 2004, Professor and Chief at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in 2006 till now. Appointed to the Dean at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine from 2015 – March 2017.