Dr. Tachi Yamada



Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, MD┬áis a venture partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners. He was previously executive vice president, chief medical and scientific officer and a board member of Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He joined Takeda after serving as president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program, where he managed $9 billion in programs aimed at solving world health challenges. Previously, he served as chairman of research and development and as a board member of GlaxoSmithKline. He’s also served as chair of internal medicine and as physician-in-chief at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Yamada holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and an MD from New York University School of Medicine. In recognition of his contributions to medicine and science, he was elected to U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the National Academy of Medicine (Mexico) and he has received an honorary appointment as Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He is a past president of the Association of American Physicians and of the American Gastroenterological Association and he has served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He’s currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the board of the Clinton Health Access Initiative.