Last Updated :2021/03/01

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences(Medicine), Contributing Professor

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2005, Jichi Medical School, Research Associate
  • 2007, Jichi Medical School, Lecturer
  • 2010, Hiroshima University, Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor
  • 2002, Jichi Medical School Hospital, Physician
  • 1999, Fujihashi Village Clinic, Chief
  • 1998, Jichi Medical School, senior resident
  • 1996, Tenri Hospital, junior resident
  • 2017, Hiroshima University, School of Medicine, Professor

Educational Backgrounds

  • University of Oxford, Department of Social Anthropology, U.K., 2005
  • Hiroshima University, Faculty of Medicine, Japan, 1996

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Medicine), Jichi Medical School
  • Master of Science (Anthropology), University of Oxford

Research Fields

  • Medicine,dentistry, and pharmacy;Society medicine;Hygiene and public health
  • Medicine,dentistry, and pharmacy;Boundary medicine;Medical sociology
  • Medicine,dentistry, and pharmacy;Clinical internal medicine;General internal medicine (including psychosomatic medicine)

Research Keywords

  • Rural Health
  • Health Policy
  • General Practice
  • Medical Education

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2020, Undergraduate Education, Year, Systemic Disease Control
  2. 2020, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Practice for medical research
  3. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Seminar on health policy & global health
  4. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 1Term, Seminar on Health Policy & Global Health
  5. 2020, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Lecture on Practice of General Medicine

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. ★, Matsumoto M, et al. Geographic distribution of regional quota graduates of Japanese medical schools: a nationwide cohort study., Academic Medicine, 94(8), 1244-1252, 2019
  2. ★, Ikegami, et al. Japanese universal health coverage: evolution, achievements, and challenges, LANCET, 378(9796), 1106-1115, 2011
  3. ★, Matsumoto, et al. Policy implications of a financial incentive programme to retain a physician workforce in underserved Japanese rural areas, SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 71(4), 667-671, 2010
  4. ★, Matsumoto, et al. Geographical distributions of physicians in Japan and US: impact of health care system on physician dispersal pattern., Health Policy, 96, 255-261, 2010
  5. ★, Matsumoto, et al. Geographic distribution of primary care physicians in Japan and Britain., Health Place, 16, 164-166, 2010
  6. ★, Matsumoto, et al. Association of adiponectin with cerebrovascular disease: a nested case-control study., Stroke, 39(2), 323-328, 2008
  7. ★, Matsumoto, et al. Adiponectin and non-cardiovascular death: a nested case-control study., Metabolism, 57(6), 811-818, 2008
  8. Matsumoto, et al. Aging of hospital physicians in rural Japan: a longitudinal study based on national census data., PLoS One, 13(6), e0198317, 2018
  9. Matsumoto M, et al. Results of physician licence examination and scholarship contract compliance by the graduates of regional quotas in Japanese medical schools: a nationwide cross-sectional survey, BMJ OPEN, 7(12), e019418, DEC 2017
  10. Matsumoto, et al. General practice departments of university hospitals and certified training programs for general practitioners in Japan: a nationwide questionnaire survey., Journal of General and Family Medicine, 00, 1-5, 2017
  11. Matsumoto, et al. Follow-up study of the regional quota system of Japanese medical schools and prefecture scholarship programmes: a study protocol, BMJ OPEN, 6(4), 2016
  12. Matsumoto, et al. Selection and concentration of obstetric facilities in Japan: Longitudinal study based on national census data, JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY RESEARCH, 41(6), 919-925, JUN 2015
  13. Matsumoto, et al. Geographic maldistribution of physicians in Japan: increasing the number of generalists is one solution., General Medicine, 16(4), 1-5
  14. Matsumoto, et al. Geographic Distribution of Radiologists and Utilization of Teleradiology in Japan: A Longitudinal Analysis Based on National Census Data, PLOS ONE, 10(9), SEP 30 2015
  15. Geographic Distribution of CT, MRI and PET Devices in Japan: A Longitudinal Analysis Based on National Census Data, PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0126036, 2015
  16. Do rural and remote areas really have limited accessibility to health care? Geographic analysis of dialysis patients in Hiroshima, Japan., Rural Remote Health, 13(3), 2507, 2013
  17. Matsumoto, et al. The impact of rural hospital closures on equity of commuting time for haemodialysis patients: simulation analysis using the capacity-distance model, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS, 11(1), 28, 2012
  18. Matsumoto, et al. Does the insufficient supply of physicians worsen their urban-rural distribution? A Hiroshima-Nagasaki comparison, RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 12(2), 2012
  19. Kashima & Matsumoto (co-lead authors), et al. The Impact of Travel Time on Geographic Distribution of Dialysis Patients, PLOS ONE, 7(10), 2012
  20. Matsumoto, et al. A guide to reporting a research paper in rural and remote health., Rural Remote Health, 12, 2312, 2012
  21. Matsumoto, et al. Characteristics of physicians, their migration patterns and distance: a longitudinal study in Hiroshima, Japan, RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 12(2), 2012
  22. Matsumoto, et al. Quality of care in Japan: an additional strategy, Lancet, 378(378), e17
  23. Matsumoto, et al. Earthquake, tsunami, radiation leak, and crisis in rural health in Japan., Rural Remote Health, 11(11), 1759-1759
  24. Matsumoto, et al. Self-employment, specialty choice, and geographical distribution of physicians in Japan: a comparison with the United States., Health Policy, 96, 239-244, 2010
  25. Matsumoto, et al. Definition of rural determines the placement outcomes of a rural medical education program: analysis of Jichi Medical University graduates., J Rural Health, 26, 234-239, 2010
  26. Matsumoto, et al. Rurality of communities and incidence of stroke: a confounding effect of weather conditions?, RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 10(3), 2010
  27. Matsumoto, et al. Retention of physicians in rural Japan: concerted efforts of the government, prefectures, municipalities and medical schools., Rural Remote Health, 10(2), 1432, 2010
  28. Matsumoto, et al. Physician scarcity is a predictor of further scarcity in US, and a predictor of concentration in Japan., Health Policy, 95, 129-136, 2010
  29. Matsumoto, et al. Cumulative effects of weather on stroke incidence: a multi-community cohort study in Japan., J Epidemiol, 20(2), 136-142, 2010
  30. Matsumoto, et al. Community characteristics that attract physicians in Japan: a cross-sectional analysis of community demographic and economic factors., Hum Resour Health, 7(12), 2009
  31. Matsumoto, et al. Risk chart for estimating the ten-year risk of myocardial infarction in rural community residents: the JMS cohort study., J Epidemiol, 19(2), 94-100, 2009
  32. Matsumoto, et al. Medical education program with obligatory rural service: analysis of factors associated with obligation compliance., Health Policy, 90, 125-132, 2009
  33. ★, Matsumoto, et al. A contract-based training system for rural physicians: follow-up of Jichi Medical University graduates (1978-2006)., J Rural Health, 24(4), 360-368, 2008
  34. Matsumoto, et al. Long-term effect of the home prefecture recruiting scheme of Jichi Medical University., Rural Remote Health, 8(3), 930, 2008
  35. Matsumoto, et al. Characteristics of medical students with rural origin: implications for selective admission policies., Health Policy, 87(2), 194-202, 2008
  36. Matsumoto, et al. Predictors of institutionalization in elderly people living at home: the impact of incontinence and commode use in rural Japan., J Cross Cult Gerontol, 22(4), 421-432, 2007
  37. Matsumoto, et al. Associations of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and carotid atherosclerotic lesions with silent cerebral lesions., Hypertens Res, 30(9), 767-773, 2007
  38. Matsumoto, et al. Consumption of dairy products and cancer risks., J Epidemiol, 17(2), 38-44, 2007
  39. Matsumoto, et al. Factors associated with rural doctors intention to continue a rural career: A survey of 3072 doctors., Aust J Rural Health, 13(4), 219-225, 2005
  40. Matsumoto, et al. High-tech rural clinics and hospitals in Japan: a comparison to the national standard., Aust J Rural Health, 12(5), 215-219, 2004
  41. Matsumoto, et al. Rural doctors satisfaction in Japan: a nationwide survey., Aust J Rural Health, 12(2), 40-48, 2004
  42. Matsumoto, et al. Rural practice evaluation: how do rural physicians evaluate their working conditions?, Aust J Rural Health, 9, 64-68, 2001
  43. Matsumoto, et al. Integrating traditional medicine in Japan: the case of Kampo medicines., Complement Ther Med, 7, 254-255
  44. Fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c as risk factors for type 2 diabetes., Diabet Med, 25, 1157-1163
  45. Primary care education in Japan: is it enough to increase student interest in a career in primary care?, Educ Prim Care, 18(2), 156-164
  46. The combination of fasting plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin predicts type 2 diabetes in Japanese workers., Diab Res Clin Pract, 77(3), 451-458
  47. Evaluation of a medical school for rural areas., J Rural Health, 23(3), 183-187
  48. Increased intima media thickness and atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid artery as risk factors for silent brain infarcts., J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 16(1), 14-20
  49. Absence of outdoor activity and mortality risk in older adults living at home., J Aging and Phys Act, 14(2), 203-211
  50. Short term locum tenens for rural practice: a trial of a Japanese medical school., Aust J Rural Health, 10(2), 80-86
  51. Homebound status in a community-dwelling elderly population in Japan, Asia Pac J Public Health, 13(2), 109-115
  52. Elevated liver enzymes in women with a family history of diabetes., Diab Res Clin Pract, 79(3), e4-7
  53. Risk chart for estimating ten-year risk of stroke in rural community residents: the JMS Cohort Study., J Epidemiology, 19(2), 101-106
  54. Plasma adiponectin level and myocardial infarction: the JMS Cohort Study., J Epidemiol, 19(2), 49-55
  55. Transition of physician distribution (1980-2002) in Japan and factors predicting future rural practice., Rural Remote Health, 9(2), 1070
  56. The threshold for definition of impaired fasting glucose in a Japanese population., Diabet Med, 26(11), 1175-1178
  57. US Cardiologist Workforce From 1995 To 2007: Modest Growth, Lasting Geographic Maldistribution Especially In Rural Areas, HEALTH AFFAIRS, 30(12), 2301-2309, DEC 2011
  58. Persistent fasting hyperglycaemia is more predictive of Type 2 diabetes than transient fasting hyperglycaemia, DIABETIC MEDICINE, 29(7), E75-E81, JUL 2012
  59. Concordance of Two Diabetes Diagnostic Criteria Using Fasting Plasma Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c: The Yuport Medical Checkup Centre Study, PLOS ONE, 7(10), OCT 17 2012
  60. Do Non-Glycaemic Markers Add Value to Plasma Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c in Predicting Diabetes? Yuport Health Checkup Center Study, PLOS ONE, 8(6), JUN 20 2013
  61. Non-physician communities in Japan: are they still disadvantaged?, RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 14(3), JUL-SEP 2014
  62. Supporting rural remote physicians to conduct a study and write a paper: Experience of Clinical Research Support Team (CRST)-Jichi, RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 14(3), JUL-SEP 2014
  63. Prevalence and characteristics of non-obese diabetes in Japanese men and women: the Yuport Medical Checkup Center Study, JOURNAL OF DIABETES, 7(4), 523-530, JUL 2015
  64. Career pathways of board-certified surgeons in Japan, SURGERY TODAY, 46(6), 661-667, JUN 2016
  65. The effect of concentrating obstetrics services in fewer hospitals on patient access: a simulation, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS, 15, JAN 22 2016
  66. Characteristics of Physician Outflow from Disaster Areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake, PLOS ONE, 12(1), JAN 3 2017
  67. Low serum creatinine level is a type 2 diabetes risk factor in men and women: Yuport Health Checkup Center Cohort Study., Diabetes Metab, in press
  68. Internal medicine board certification and career pathways in Japan, BMC MEDICAL EDUCATION, 17, MAY 8 2017
  69. Have the tsunami and nuclear accident following the Great East Japan Earthquake affected the local distribution of hospital physicians?, PLOS ONE, 12(5), MAY 25 2017
  70. The Vanguard of Community-based Integrated Care in Japan: The Effect of a Rural Town on National Policy, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE, 17, APR-JUN 2017
  71. Factors associated with gastric black spot, white flat elevated mucosa, and cobblestone-like mucosa: a cross-sectional study., Digestion, 98(3), 185-193, 2018
  72. Rural health in Japan: past and future., Rural Remote Health, 17, 4521, 2017
  73. Five cases of familial Mediterranean fever in Japan: relationship with MEFV mutations., Internal Med, 57(16), 2425-2429, 2018
  74. Board certification and urban-rural migration of physicians in Japan, BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 18, AUG 7 2018
  75. White blood cell count and C-reactive protein independently predicted incident diabetes: Yuport Medical Checkup Center Study, Endocr Res, 44(4), 127-137, 2019
  76. Low hemoglobin A1c and low BMI are associated with dementia and ADL disability among Japanese nursing home diabetic residents., Geriatr Gerontol Int, 19(9), 854-860, 2019
  77. The emigration of regional quota graduates of Japanese medical schools to non-designated prefectures: a prospective nationwide cohort study., BMJ Open, 9, e029335, 2019
  78. Geographical distribution of family physicians in Japan: A nationwide cross-sectional study, BMC Fam Pract, 20(1), 147, 2019
  79. Levels of fasting plasma glucose in non-hospitalized older people with high HbA1c levels., J Diabetes Investig, 11(3), 750-751, 2020
  80. Serum alanine transaminase as a predictor of type 2 diabetes incidence: the Yuport prospective cohort study., Tohoku J Exp Med, 251(3), 183-191, 2020
  81. Predictive variables for hemodialysis and death in Japanese spotted fever, and the association between distance from rivers and incidence., Ticks Tick Borne Dis, in press, 2020


  1. 2012/03, Teacher of the Year, Faculty of Medicine, Hiroshima University
  2. 2010/03, Butterfield Award for UK-Japan Collaboration in Medical Research, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  3. 2005, Msc dissertation with distinction, University of Oxford

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. 2018, 2023
  2. 2018, 2019
  3. KAKENHI, 2013, 2018
  4. Research Grant, 2010, 2012
  5. 2011, 2012
  6. KAKENHI, A comprehensive study on geographic distribution and effective supply of physicians in Hiroshima prefecture, 2011, 2013
  7. KAKENHI, A comprehensive study on geographic distribution and effective supply of physicians., 2009, 2011
  8. 2008, 2009
  9. 2007
  10. 2008
  11. 2019, 2022
  12. 2018, 2020
  13. 2018, 2020
  14. 2018, 2020
  15. 2018, 2019
  16. 2016, 2018
  17. 2016, 2017
  18. 2015, 2015
  19. 2014, 2015
  20. KAKENHI, 2013, 2015
  21. 2012, 2013
  22. KAKENHI, Feedback of the results about risk factors of cardiovascular diseases in Japanese, 2006, 2008

Social Activities

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2009, Rural and Remote Health, Chief editor, The Asian Regional Editor