Hirohito Kita, M.D., is a consultant in the Division of Allergic Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN with joint appointments in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology; the Department of Pediatrics; and the Department of Immunology. He holds the academic rank of professor of medicine and professor of immunology and is recognized as the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Kita received the M.D. degree at Mie University School of Medicine, Mie, Japan in 1983. He completed residencies at Shizuoka Children's Hospital and Mie National Hospital, as well as fellowships at Mie National Hospital, Mie University School of Medicine, and Mayo Clinic. He joined the faculty of Mayo Clinic in 1991. Dr. Kita has held professional memberships in numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, American Association of Immunologists, American Thoracic Society, Society of Leukocyte Biology, and International Eosinophil Society. He has been an editorial board member of the Journal of Immunology, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology International. Since 1995, Dr. Kita has been involved in several NIH study sections as a regular member and an ad hoc member as well as in a number of other funding agencies. In addition, he has served in numerous curriculum and course development, teaching and mentoring activities, and administrative responsibilities at Mayo Clinic. The overall goals of Dr. Kita's research are to better understand the mechanisms of allergic diseases, such as bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis. His research is focused on eosinophil biology and immunological mechanisms of acute and chronic airway inflammation, including the development of innate and adaptive type 2 immunity, roles for novel cytokines, and immunologic functions of epithelial cells. His research is translational and focuses on finding ways to prevent, treat and cure the allergic diseases. Dr. Kita has mentored more than 70 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has authored or co-authored more than 250 original articles, book chapters, and editorials.