Prof. Walter Y. Takahashi, MD, PhD graduated at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo. He did his ophthalmology residency at the Ophthalmology Department at the Clinics Hospital from the Medical School of USP, followed by preceptorship (chief resident) and retina specialization at the same hospital. He was an electrophysiology and retina fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
He was Assistant Professor, Associated Professor and Director of the retina service at the Department of Ophthalmology of USP. During his years as chief of the retina service, he was responsible for the fellowship program and graduated many retina specialists from all over Brazil. He supervised 13 PhD theses, and participated in more than 90 PhD theses evaluations. Dr Takahashi took part in innumerous Scientific Committees in meetings such as BRAVS (Brazilian Retinna and Vitreous Society), CBO (Brazilian Ophthalmology Council), USP (University of São Paulo) and the 2006 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) which was held in Brazil. He is a member of the editorial board of important ophthalmology specialized journals.
Also, he is editor or co-editor of 3 ophthalmology books, dozens of book chapters and author or co-author of more than 100 scientific indexed articles. Dr. Takahashi was the principal investigator in many international multi-center clinical trials. He was General Secretary of the Brazilian Ophthalmolgy Council (CBO) from 2003 to 2005 and was President of BRAVS from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Takahashi is married, has two children, one of whom, Beatriz, is also a retina specialist ophthalmologist. He has three lovely grandchildren and practices ophthalmology in São Paulo, Brazil.