Senior Advisory Panel

Misao  Nishikawa, MD, PHD

Misao Nishikawa, MD, PHD


Dr. Misao Nishikawa graduated from Osaka City University Medical School in 1987, with dual degrees: Doctorate of Medical Science and Physiopathology (D.M.Sc. and Ph.D.) His major field of research and interest centered on Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. Dr. Nishikawa then went on for additional training, serving as a Scholar for Developmental Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, at the Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon (focusing in developmental biology: neural crest cell segregation and migration). He has been a member of the Japanese Society of Spinal Surgery and Neurosurgery since 1989, and a Teaching and Board member of the Japanese Society of Spinal Surgery since July 2004 and the Japanese Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery since 1993.

Dr. Nishikawa is categorized as an outstanding researcher and surgeon at the Japanese Society of Spinal Surgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery. For example, his research into the morphometry and embryology of the posterior cranial fossa, craniovertebral junction and spine resulted in the discovering of the pathogenesis of Chiari.

Dr. Nishikawa joined The Chiari Institute as Research Director of Neurosurgery in 2007. He has been studying about Chiari malformation and its related disorders with Dr. Thomas H. Milhorat and Dr. Paolo A. Bolognese, and created new diagnostic assessments in concordance with the unique pathophysiology of these disorders. He has authored many chapters and articles about Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and cranio-vertebral junction diseases.

He is currently practicing at Osaka City General Hospital in Osaka, Japan.