Yoko Kato is one of the pioneer women neurosurgeons in Japan, and the first to be named
Full Professor. She completed her residency at the Department of Neurosurgery, Aichi Medical University in 1978. She is Professor at Fujita Health University, where her focus is on cerebrovascular disease. In 1990, she founded the Women's Neurosurgical Association (WNA) of Japan. In 1996, she founded the Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association (AWNA). She has served the WFNS tirelessly as Chair of the Education Committee, circling the globe many times each year at her own expense to organize and teach courses to young neurosurgeons in the developing world. She introduced “hands on” and “live video” courses to many regions. Through the WFNS Foundation, she has donated multiple microscopes and instrument sets to neurosurgeons practicing in low and middle income countries (LMICs).