Dr. Morota is the current Director of the Division of Neurosurgery at Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Medical Center. He was born and raised in Tokyo, graduated from Shinshu University in Matsumoto, and joined the Department of Neurosurgery (under professor Ken-ichiro Sugita at the time) at Shinshu University after finishing his residency.
He began his career as a pediatric neurosurgeon in 1986 after he spent a year as a clinical fellow at Kobe Children’s Hospital. He moved to New York University Medical Center in 1991 and trained in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring under associate professor Vedran Deletis and in pediatric neurosurgery under professor Fred J Epstein as a clinical fellow. Upon his return to Japan in 1995, he studied spinal and epilepsy surgery at Aichi Medical University and National Niigata Chuo Hospital. In 2002, he was appointed Director of the Division of Neurosurgery in the newly founded National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo and led what was to become the largest pediatric neurosurgical service in Japan. He moved to Tokyo Metropolitan Children’s Medical Center in 2014 and continues to be energetically involved in surgery and clinical research.
Dr. Morota specializes in surgery for the craniovertebral junction, deep-seated brain and brainstem tumors, and congenital lumbosacral abnormalities as well as the intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. His academic activities include serving as one of the founders and executive board (EB) members of the Asian-Australasian Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (AASPN) and as an EB member of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (JSPN). He is the president elect of the 2018 JSPN Annual Meeting scheduled to be held in Tokyo.