Ryo Hotta, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Investigator
Pediatric Surgery, Mass General Research Institute
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
PhD University of Melbourne 2011
MD Jikei University School of Medicine 1999
cell culture; cell transplantation; enteric nervous system; gastrointestinal motility; hirschsprung disease; neural crest; neural stem cells; stem cell therapy; stem cells

Dr. Hotta is a clinician scientist whose research interest is to establish novel cell-based therapy for enteric neuropathies, including Hirschsprung disease.

He received his MD degree from Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo in 1999. After completing residency training in general and pediatric surgery, Dr. Hotta moved to Australia where he began his doctoral research as a PhD student in the University of Melbourne under the mentorship of Prof. Heather Young, an internationally recognized authority in enteric nervous system development.

After completing his PhD work in 2011, Dr. Hotta returned to the ward as a clinical fellow in Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. In 2012, He joined Massachusetts General Hospital to expand his research career. His research has focused on the potential use of neural stem cells in therapies for gastrointestinal diseases in which neurons are missing or nerve function is deficient.

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