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A Message from Professor Akinobu Taketomi

Team-based medical practice to provide the best surgical care

Professor Akinobu Taketomi
MD, Ph.D.

Contributing to the development of clinical surgery as one of the leading surgical schools in the country

Established with the launch of Hokkaido University Hospital in 1921, our department is a surgical school with a history of more than 90 years. We have produced over 600 surgeons, engaged in community healthcare within and outside Hokkaido and conducted front-line medical research, contributing to the development of clinical surgery as one of the leading surgical schools in the country. The Department of Surgery was reorganized in the fall of 2011 and the Department of Surgery I changed its name to the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery I. With this, I assumed the post of the seventh professor of the department.

Professor

The realization of safe surgery with less physical burden on patients by thorough control before, during and after operation.

The Department of Gastroenterological Surgery I encompasses four main treatment areas: digestive surgery (coloproctological surgery), hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, organ transplant surgery, and pediatric surgery. We also work closely with the Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery in providing medical care. Our Coloproctological Surgery Group proactively uses an approach involving laparoscopic surgery. Approximately 70% of colectomy cases in recent years were performed by laparoscopic surgery, which involves small incisions. We also actively utilize multidisciplinary treatment for advanced colorectal cancer cases and work on the development of new therapeutic methods in collaboration with over 40 medical/research institutes in Hokkaido. Our Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery Group has one of the largest numbers of liver resection cases in the country. We perform safe surgeries by thorough control before, during and after surgery, which can reduce the physical burden on patients and better meets their needs. Our organ transplantation group is recognized as one of the leading liver transplantation facilities in the country, with more than 200 cases of living-donor and/or brain-dead liver transplantations that have achieved extremely stable conditions after surgery. In the pediatric surgery group, our specialized pediatric surgeons provide medical care to extremely delicate surgical diseases such as pediatric malignancy and congenital anomalies.

Professor

A genuine desire to care for each and every patient

I believe that the most desired quality in surgeons is the ability to choose and implement the optimum treatment to correspond to the needs of patients and their families. To do this, surgeons must keep learning and always have a genuine desire to help each and every one of their patients. More importantly, this idea should be shared and nurtured among all team members. Surgical treatment cannot be performed by a single individual. It must be performed as a team. To achieve this, we are committed to building a mature team, in which individual members maximize their ability, work closely with each other toward the same goal and fulfill their potential, to provide the best surgical treatment to our patients.

Nurturing of surgeons to lead the next generation

Other than providing medical services, we also focus on providing medical education as part of our mission as a university. We have established an educational/medical care system that can meet the needs of young doctors by placing priority on the creation of a challenging environment which can satisfy motivated medical students and young doctors. To do this, it is necessary to promote personnel exchanges beyond the frameworks of conventional systems and provide young doctors with opportunities to play active roles in medical care. We will create such opportunities for personnel exchanges based on collaboration with both domestic and international medical and research institutes and nurture surgeons to whom we can hand over the baton for the future development of medical care. Based on such activities, we also hope ourselves to develop further as an educational institute and medical care provider.

Professor

Akinobu Taketomi

Qualifications
  • Passed the 84th National Examination for Medical Practitioners
  • Board Certified Surgeon, Japan Surgical Society
  • Board Certified Surgeon, Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Board Certified Specialist, Japan Surgical Society
  • Board Certified Specialist, Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Board Certified Instructor, Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Board Certified Specialist, Japan Society of Hepatology
  • Tentative Instructor of Clinical Oncology, Japanese Board of Cancer Therapy
  • Certified Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgeon
  • General Clinical Oncologist, Japanese Board of Cancer Therapy
  • Board Certified Instructor with advanced skills, Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
  • Board Certified Specialist, Japanese Society of Gastroenterology
  • Board Certified Instructor, Japan Surgical Society
Academic societies
  • Japan Surgical Society (Delegate, Board Certified Instructor, Board Certified Specialist and Board Certified Surgeon)
  • Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery (Councilor, Board Certified Instructor, Board Certified Specialist and Board Certified Surgeon)
  • Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (Councilor and Board Certified Instructor with advanced skills)
  • Japan Society of Hepatology (Councilor and Board Certified Specialist)
  • Japanese Society for Gastroenterological Carcinogenesis (Councilor)
  • Japanese Society of Gastroenterology (Board Certified Specialist)
  • Japanese Liver Transplantation Society (Manager)
  • Liver Cancer Study Group of Japan (Executive Secretary)
  • Japanese Society for Advancement of Surgical Techniques (Manager)
  • Japanese Cancer Association
  • Japan Society of Clinical Oncology (Delegate)
  • Molecular Biology Society of Japan
  • Japan Surgical Association
  • Japanese Society of Medical Oncology
  • Japan Society for Transplantation
  • Japan Robotic Surgery Society
  • Japan Surgical Association, Hokkaido Branch (Manager and Councilor)
  • Japan Society of Coloproctology, Hokkaido Branch (Councilor)
  • Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society, Hokkaido Branch (Councilor)
  • Japanese Society of Gastroenterology, Hokkaido Branch (Executive Secretary)
  • Hokkaido Surgical Society (Director)
  • International Liver Transplant Congress
  • American College of Surgeons(Fellow)
Awards
  • Best Presentation Award, 48th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology (2010)
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Liver Transplantation Society (2011)
Education
1990Graduated from the School of Medicine, Kyushu University
1996Graduated from the Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University
Professional experience
1990.6Medical staff member, Kyushu University Hospital (Surgery II intern)
1990.10Intern, Fukuoka Children's Hospital & Medical Center for Infectious Diseases (Surgery)
1991.1Medical staff member, Kyushu University Hospital (Surgery II intern)
1991.4Intern, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital (Surgery)
1996.4Physician, National Hospital Organization's Kyushu Cancer Center (Department of Gastroenterology)
1998.9Researcher, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah (U.S.)
2001.4Chief Physician, Medical Treatment Department, Nakatsu Municipal Hospital
2003.4Medical staff member, Kyushu University Hospital (Surgery II)
2003.6Assistant, Kyushu University Hospital (Surgery II)
2003.10Lecturer, School of Medicine, Kyushu University (gastroenterology and general surgery)
2011.4Lecturer, Kyushu University Hospital (hepatology, spleen, portal vein and liver transplantation)
2011.11Department of Gastroenterological Surgery Ⅰ Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine Professor