Doctors' Profile

Doctors' Profile


All surgeries are performed by our excellent doctors who have trained on the most advanced medical technologies to obtain the latest refractive surgery knowledge,They have successfully achieved numerous refractuve vision correction surgeries.





Junki Sawai,M.D., Ph.D.

May, 1994M.D., Gunma University Medical School
June, 1996Ophthalmology Staff, JA Nagano Saku Central Hospital
July, 1998Ophthalmology Staff, Gunma University Medical School Hospital
April, 1999Researcher, Pathology, Gunma University Medical Research Department
February, 2002 Certified by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society
March , 2003Ph.D., Gunma University, School of Medical Research
April, 2003Research Fellow, Ocular Surface Center, Miami, FL, USA
May, 2005Appointed as Chief Medical Director at Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic
Nov, 2013Appointed as Chairman of the Board at Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic

Dr.Sawai's surgical philosophy is based on painless, quick and precision operations. After numerous studies and much research in the field of ophthalmology, he discovered the wonders of LASIK. Dr.Sawai truly believes in the technology and improvement that LASIK provides to his patients. In fact, Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic's Technical Advisor Dr. Berg performed LASIK surgery on Dr.Sawai, and he, like the people he treats, counts himself as another satisfied LASIK recipient.

  • Japan Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Research works:
  1. Sawai J, Kishi S, Si Y. Restoration of dark macula after macular hole surgery. Rinshou Ganka 50: 809 - 813, 1996.
  2. Sawai J, Hirato J, Nakazato Y, Kurachi H. Gliosarcoma with smooth muscle cell differentiation in sarcomatous element. The Kitakanto medical journal 49:441-446, 1999.
  3. Nakazato Y, Hirato J, Sasaki A, Yokoo H, Arai H, Yamane Y, Sawai J. Differential labeling of the pinealocytes and pineal interstitial cells by a series of monoclonal antibodies to human pineal body. Neuropathology 22:26-33, 2002.
  4. Tsujii M, Goto M, Uehara F, Kaneko A, Sawai J, Yonezawa S, Ohba N. Photoreceptor cell differentiation in retinoblastoma demonstrated by a new immunohistochemical marker mucin-like glycoprotein associated with photoreceptor cells(MLGAPC). Histopathology 40:180-186, 2002.
  5. Sawai J, Nakazato Y, Yamane Y, Kimura N, Kishi S. Immunohistochemical Localization of Human Pineal Tissue Antigens in Normal Retina and Retinoblastomas. Neuropathology 23:119-28, 2003.
  6. Liu DT, Di Pascuale MA, Sawai J, Gao YY, Tseng SC. Tear film dynamics in floppy eyelid syndrome. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Apr;46(4):1188-94.


北澤 世志博



Yoshihiro Kitazawa,M.D.

Dr. Kitazawa is a leading person in Japan, who has gained a respectful reputation in the field of keratorefractive surgery by the use of excimer lasers, and vision correction with the phakic IOLs (Implantable Contact Lens). After he earned his medical degree from the Medical Department of Fukui Medical University in 1990, he engaged in research of "excimer laser vision correction" in Ophthalmology of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and reported many research accomplishments at scientific conferences both domestically and internationally concerning both LASIK, and lately especially about phakic IOLs. He became a licentiate ophthalmologist in 1996, served as a lecturer at Tokyo Medical and Dental University between 1999 and 2001. He joined Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic (former Kanagawa Clinic) in 2000, and served concurrently as a guest lecturer at Tokyo Medical University from 2004 to 2009. He served as chief medical director of Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic on November 2010, and assumed the chairman of the board on February 2012.
He began PRK treatments in 1991, LASIK in 1996, and has operated over 48,000 treatments at Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic. He has performed the highest volume of phakic IOL (ICL) treatments and is also a top-class surgeon of Epi-LASIK and LASEK in Japan. Furthermore, he has extensive experiences of intraocular surgery, and performed 15,000 cases of cataract surgeries.

Scientific Societies:
Licentiate Ophthalmologist of Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Member of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Member of the Japanese Society of Ophthalmological Optics
Member of the Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Member of the Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons
Member of the Japan Cornea Society
Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Steve Schallhorn,M.D.



Steve Schallhorn,M.D.

Dr. Steve Schallhorn is internationally acknowledged as one of the most respected refractive surgeons in the world. He is the Chairman of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB).
In 2007, Dr. Schallhorn retired as a Captain from the United States Navy. During his naval career he was the Director of Corneal Service and Refractive Surgery at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, created, initiated and directed the Department of Defense refractive surgery program and served as the first United States Navy Refractive Surgery Program Manager. He was the primary investigator in the sentinel studies which evaluated visual recovery and performance characteristic of PRK and LASIK before excimer lasers were FDA approved. He was the first surgeon in the United States Department of Defense to perform LASIK and PRK procedures and implant phakic intraocular lenses. Dr. Schallhorn is recognized by his peers as an expert in refractive surgery and anterior segment surgery. He is one of only a small group of excimer laser instructors in the United States. A gifted public speaker, he lectures regularly at ophthalmic meetings and educational conferences worldwide and is a visiting professor of medicine at Harvard, USC, UCSF, and Baylor Universities.
Consultant to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is an advisor for refractive surgery to Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey. He also has worked with all five branches of the United States Armed Forces.

石山 善三



Zenzo Ishiyama ,M.D.

Dr.Ishiyama earned his medical degree from the Medical Department of Tokyo Medical University in 1999, worked at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital and joined Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic.
He was certified as a licentiate ophthalmologist in 2004.

Scientific Societies:
Licentiate Ophthalmologist of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Member of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Member of the Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons
Member of the Japan Cornea Society