Dr. Masataka Kuwana is a Professor of Allergy and Rheumatology at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan. He was trained at Keio University and joined the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as a postdoctoral fellow. After completion of the fellowship program, Dr. Kuwana spent his professional career focusing on basic and clinical aspects of systemic sclerosis and a variety of systemic and organ-specific autoimmune diseases. He has published more than 340 peer-reviewed scientific articles and written more than 10 book chapters. He serves as an editorial board in eight per-reviewed journals on rheumatology and immunology. He is considered an internationally recognized leading expert in systemic sclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, and autoimmunity.