Hiroshi Watanabe is the executive director and vice president of Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Japan where he also is professor for the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He also serves as the director of the Center for Clinical Sciences, National Center for Global Health and Medicine.
Watanabe has devoted considerable time to advancing the promotion of research and drug development in Japan, taking leadership roles such as president of the Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (JSCPT), a member of IUPHAR and a program officer of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). He also serves on several national committees with purposes closely aligned with the aim of improving health and health care by encouraging the advancement of clinical trials in Japan. He received his MD from Hokkaido University.