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.
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.
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.
I am engaged in clinical practice, basic research, and medical education in the spirit of “one-on-one meeting(一期一会).” I truly value the moment of not only working in the field of operation, but also meeting with patients and their families, inspiration in research, and encounters with medical students and young doctors.
Our department is the oldest surgical department in Hokkaido, having been established as the Department of Surgery in 1921 along with the establishment of the University Hospital and subsequently becoming the Department of Surgery I in 1924 with the establishment of the Department of Surgery II.
The Department of Pediatric Surgery was established in 1999and the Department of Surgery I changed its name to the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery & General Surgery. Donated fund projects have also been established, namely the Department of Organ Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine in 2001, the Department of Molecular Surgery in 2007, and the Department of Transplantation Surgery in 2011. In 2011, the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery & General Surgery (formerly the Department of Surgery I) changed its name to the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery I following the reorganization of the department, and the Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery (a medical care department) was establishment and the Department of Pediatric Surgery was incorporated again in the department to form the present organization.
n November 2011, Professor Akinobu Taketomi came from Kyushu University to assume the post of the department’s seventh professor. The department provides multidisciplinary treatment centering on surgery based on the latest medical research for gastrointestinal diseases (liver, biliary tract, pancreas, esophagus, stomach, intestines), pediatric surgical diseases, and breast and endocrine diseases (in collaboration with the Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery), including transplantation medicine which was established by the department’s Former Professor Satoru Todo.Our department is Hokkaido’s first surgical school and currently has approximately 160 members and over 550 alumni who engage in cutting-edge research in Hokkaido and in/outside Japan, daily general surgical treatment or community healthcare, widely contributing to the development of medicine and the improvement of medical care standards.