Kotaro Yoshimura received his medical degree from the University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, in 1985. After completion of his residency and fellowship in plastic surgery, he was board certified in plastic surgery by the Japanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1990.
He began studying physiology of peripheral nerve and skeletal muscle in 1991and studied at the University of Michigan from 1994 to 1994. He was assigned as a faculty member at the University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 1995. He was assigned as an Associate Professor at the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tokyo in 1998.
Thereafter, his research interests have been tissue engineering and regenerative medicine for plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic purposes. In particular, Dr. Yoshimura has studied on wound healing, angiogenesis, and adipogenesis with adipose-derived stem cells as well as hair regeneration using epithelial stem cells and dermal papilla cells.