Assistant Professor Rie Yotsu

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Dermatology, Tropical Medicine
Masters Programme


Dermatology consultant certified by the Japanese Dermatological Association, Ph.D. in International Health, Master in International Public Health (MIPH), Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)


  • Department of Dermatology, National Center for Global Health and MedicineLeprosy Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
  • Department of Dermatology, Yokohama City University
  • Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  • Department of Dermatology, University of the Ryukyus
  • WHO Global Leprosy Initiative Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
  • International Alliance for the Control of Scabies


【Education / training】
Mar 2004                            The Jikei University School of Medicine (MD)
Aug 2008              Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Master in International Public Health (MIPH) (Liverpool, UK)
Sept 2008              All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training Centre (ALERT)
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Aug 2012                            The Gorgas Expert Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine (Lima, Peru)
Oct 2012               Internship at the Global Leprosy Programme, World Health Organization (New Delhi, India)
Mar 2013              Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Doctorate Degree in International Health (PhD)
May 2014              Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and  Hygiene (DTM&H) (Liverpool, UK)

【Professional work】
Apr 2004- Jun 2007         St. Luke’s International Hospital
Nov 2009- Mar 2010         National Sanatorium Amami-Wakoen
Apr 2010-May 2014          Department of Dermatology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Jun 2014-Sept 2018         National Suruga Sanatorium
Oct 2018-                          School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University


  • Nagasaki University
  • Skin Infection Summer School
  • Hansen’s Disease Summer Seminar
  • Hansen’s Disease Seminar by the Japanese Dermatological Association


  • Buruli ulcer
  • Leprosy
  • Skin NTDs (Buruli ulcer, leprosy, mycetoma, etc.)
  • Wound management
  • Systematic reviews


The country/countries where you work currently

  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ghana

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Yotsu RR, Richardson M, Ishii N. Drugs for treating Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans disease): Review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 8. Art. No.:CD012118. DOI:10.1002/14651868.CD012118.pub2.
  2. Yotsu RR. Integrated management of skin NTDs – lessons learned from field research. Trop Med Infect Dis 2018; 3(4): 120; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed3040120.
  3. Yotsu RR, Suzuki K, Simmonds R, Bedimo R, Ablordey A, Yeboah-Manu D, Phillips R, Asiedu K. Buruli ulcer: a review of the current knowledge. Current Tropical Medicine Reports 2018; 5(4): 247-256.
  4. Scolding PS, Fahal A, Yotsu RR. Drug therapy for mycetoma: Protocol. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD013082. DOI: 10.1002/14651858. CD
  5. Yotsu RR, Kouadio K, Vagamon B, N’guessan K, Akpa AJ, Yao A, Aké J, Abbet Abbet R, Agbor Agbor BT, Bedimo R, Ishii N, Fuller CL, Hay R, Mitijà O, Drechsler H, Asiedu K. Skin disease prevalence study in schoolchildren to support future strategy for integration of neglected skin diseases (skin NTDs) in Côte d’Ivoire. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2018; 12(5): e0006489.


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