Tachi Yamada

Prominent Medical Practitioner and Researcher

About Tachi Yamada

Born in Japan, Tachi Yamada, M.D., trained as a gastroenterologist in the United States, attending Stanford University in California for his undergraduate degree and at New York University School of Medicine for his medical degree. Over an accomplished career that has spanned both the health care and business sides of the industry, he has gained a reputation as one of the leaders in global medicine. Today the chief medical and scientific officer for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Tokyo, Dr. Tachi Yamada gained global recognition as the president of the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Working with the organization in Seattle, Dr. Yamada oversaw $9 billion in funding directed at improving health for the poorest of the world’s population.

The desire to enter the medical field developed in Tadataka Yamada as a small child. Although he had a strong interest in history and philosophy, stories of his grandfather’s medical practice convinced him to pursue medicine as a career. After completion of medical school and a residency at The Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Tachi Yamada gained an interest and respect for research during three years he spent at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Dr. Tadataka Yamada later ran the gastroenterology division at the University of Michigan Medical School and spent a decade in London as chair of research and development for GlaxoSmithKline, Plc., during which time he oversaw the development of numerous new drugs.