Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura graduated from the Kurume University School of Medicine in March, 1969, and worked for the surgery department of the University. After that he worked for the surgery department of the Detmold Hospital in West Germany for two years (1977-79). He has been President of the Yokokura Hospital since 1990.
He took office as President of the Fukuoka Prefecture Medical Association in 2006. He was elected as President of the Japan Medical Association in April 2012. He also served Council Member of the World Medical Association (WMA) from 2010 to 2016. He serves as President of the WMA (2017-18) and President of the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (2017-18).