Yoshinao Oda is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Prof Oda graduated in 1987 from Kyushu University in Japan and completed his thesis on surgical pathology of soft tissue sarcoma in 1993. He stayed in Germany as Alexander Humboldt Research fellow between 1993 and 1995, under the direction of Prof. Albert Roessner in Magdeburg University. He performed research about recently developed molecular pathology in mesenchymal tumors. He assumed the present position in 2010. He published more than 500 original articles concerning diagnostic and molecular pathology in the fields of soft tissue tumors, as well as other human solid tumors. He has been awarded the Japan Pathology Award 2016 by Japanese Society of Pathology.