Division and Department

Physical Therapy

A Greeting from the Professor

Welcome to the Program in Physical Therapy at Akita University. Our Program began as an associate of arts program in 1990 and it expanded to a baccalaureate program in 2002. Akita University has recently established the Graduate School of Health Sciences, and it launched a Master of Rehabilitation Science program, 2 years of year-round graduate study, in 2007 and a doctoral degree program, 3 years of year-round graduate study, in 2009. Physical Therapy is one of professions in Rehabilitation Medicine that seeks to return patients to the highest possible degree of personal independence. Physical therapists work with patients with disabilities of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. Physical therapists are also concerned with prevention programs in order to assist people of all ages in maintaining health and physical fitness. Therefore, our program in Physical Therapy is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and service so that qualified, professional, students can become skillful physical therapists. In addition, our master and doctoral programs are also geared for part-time students, many of whom are already working part-time or full-time in clinical settings. These programs are designed to fulfill the needs of these students by offering coursework late in the day or on weekends when possible. The department has a dynamic mix of faculty with outstanding educational preparation, research, and expertise in clinical practice. Our faculty members welcome the opportunity to talk with you and assist you in exploring our Physical Therapy program and pursuit your goals.


Shunsuke KUDO (PT, MEd )
Takanobu SHIOYA (MD, PhD)
Kyoji OKADA (MD, PhD)
Shinichi SHINDO (PT, PhD)

Associate Professors:
Masahiro SATAKE (PT, PhD)
Makoto SASAKI (PT, PhD)

Assistant Professors:
Sachiko UEMURA (PT, PhD)
Masahiko WAKASA (PT, PhD)
Akira SAITO (PT, MS)

Research Areas

  • Physical therapy for pediatrics
  • Rehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
  • Rehabilitation for tumors
  • Physical therapy for geriatrics
  • Physical therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
  • Physical therapy for respiratory care
  • Physical therapy for dementia
  • Community-based rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders

Contact Information

Shunsuke KUDO, PT, MEd.
Department of Physical Therapy, Akita University Graduate School of Health Sciences.
1-1-1, Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan,
Phone: +81-18-884-6527. Fax: +81-18-884-6500