Invited Speakers

Frank Pfeffer
Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen
University of Bergen
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Professor Frank Pfeffer is a Colorectal Surgeon and an expert in colorectal cancer. Presently he is working as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway since 2006. Professor Pfeffer is German and did his initial training at the University Hospitals in Tübingen, Rostock and Freiburg. He was the clinical lead and senior surgeon of the Colorectal Unit at Haukeland University Hospital from 2007 to 2018.  

He started his academic career in Germany by studying endocrine function after pancreas transplantation and pancreatic resection. He had special interest in chronic wounds and developed a documentation system and built up a collaboration of wound care centers (wound net).  

Since 2009 he is full Professor of Surgery (Professor II, 20%) at the Department of Surgical Sciences, at the University of Bergen, Norway and since 2017 full Professor of Surgery (Professor I, 50%). Since 2007 he is member of the Norwegian Gastrointestinal Cancer Group (colorectal) dealing with quality control and national guidelines. His clinical interests include rectal cancer staging and management particularly early rectal cancer, low rectal cancer, advanced and recurrent disease. Since 2011 he has a special focus on right sided colon cancer with D3 lymphadenectomy and vascular anatomy of the right colon. He has published on all these topics and is a national authority. He organized and coordinated numerous international meetings in particular the “Nordic Early Rectal Cancer Conference” in Bergen. His current main research interest is colorectal cancer.
Kay Uehara
Division of Surgical Oncology
Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya
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M.D. Nagoya University
Ph. D. Graduate School, Nagoya University  
Society of Surgical Oncology
European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
Japan Surgical Society
Japanese Society of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Japanese Society of Gastroenterology
Japan Society of Coloproctology
Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery
Japan Robotic Surgery Society
Japan Society of Clinical Oncology
Japanese Gastroenterological Association
Japan Surgical Association
Japanese College of Surgeons
Member of the JSCCR guidelines committee  
1. Surgery for primary colorectal cancer
Surgery for rectal cancer
Laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer
Robotic surgery for rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer

2. Treatment for recurrent colorectal cancer
Extended surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for locally recurrent rectal cancer
Perioperative treatment for resectable liver metastases
Conversion chemotherapy for unresectable liver metastases
Richard Kim
Moffitt Cancer Center
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Current Position:
Associate Member
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Section Chief of GI Medical Oncology
Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Medical Oncology Resident Site Director
Department of Oncologic Science
Moffitt Cancer Center

Current Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor
Department of Oncologic Sciences
College of Medicine
University of South Florida

Professional Association Memberships
2005 – Present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
2006 – 2010 Member, Ohio State Medical Association
2007 – Present Member, Southwest Oncology Group
2013 – 2018 Medical Advisory Committee, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
2013 – Present Member, Hoosier Oncology Group

Moffitt Cancer Center
2011 – Present Member, Protocol Monitoring Committee (monthly)
2011 – Present Member, Fellowship Search Committee
2011 Member, GI Endoscopist Search Committee
2013 – Present Member, Fellowship Evaluation Committee (semi-annual)
2013 – 2017 Editorial Board Member, Cancer Control
2013 Member, GI Surgical Oncologist Search Committee
2013 Member, Research Transformation Trials and Studies Initiative Task Force
2014 – Present Medical Oncology Resident Site Director
2014 – 2015 Member, FLASCO (Florida American Society of Clinical Oncology) program committee
2014 – 2015 Member, Research and Academic Career Committee
2014 – 2016 Medical Director GI Medical Oncology
2014 – 2018 Vice Chair, Protocol Monitoring Committee
2016 Reviewer Junior Faculty Research Award Reviewer
2016 Member- Clinic Operations Group Meeting
2016 – Present Member - Promotion and Tenure Committee
2017 Co- Chair of Hepatobiliary Symposium: Multidisciplinary Management of CRC metastasis- current practice and Future Perspectives
2018 – Present Member, Research and Academic Career Committee
2018 – Present Chair, Protocol Monitoring Committee
2019 Co- Chair of CME event - Controversies in the Management of Rectal Cancer: From Total Neoadjuvant to Non-Operative Management Other Institutions:
2010 Member, Scientific Review Committee (Cleveland Clinic)

Guowei Kim
National University Hospital
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Dr Kim Guowei graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2007. He did his surgical residency at the National University Hospital, Singapore, and served as Chief Resident. He completed his general surgical training in 2016, obtaining the required qualifications of MRCSEd, MMed (General Surgery) and FRCSEd and did his clinical and research fellowship at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea, in 2019, mastering laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastric cancer. He obtained his Masters in Clinical Investigation (MCI) in 2019 from NUS and also holds an appointment as Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, since 2014. He was awarded the NUS “Dean’s Excellence Award” for teaching and education in 2017.

He has authored and presented multiple publications, including presenting at Obesity Week/ASMBS 2014, during which he received the “Top 15 posters” award. He was also awarded the “Best Poster Award” at the 5th NCIS Annual Research Meeting in 2018 and the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the 29th Congress of the Korean Society of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition & International Symposium in 2019. He has also served as an instructor at endoscopic and surgical workshops locally as well as in Malaysia and Bangladesh.

He is currently working as a Consultant Surgeon in the Upper Gastrointestinal Division in National University Hospital, Singapore, with a special interest in Upper gastrointestinal surgery (including esophageal and gastric cancer), metabolic and bariatric surgery, minimally invasive and robotic surgery and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

Yukihide Kanemitsu
National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo
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Current position:
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan
Chair of Colorectal Cancer Study Group of JCOG (Japan Clinical Oncology Group)

Positions held:
・1990 M.D. Nagoya University School of Medicine// Passed the examination of Japanese National Board in May, 1990
・1990-1992 Intern in Medicine, Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital, Mie
・1992-1995 Junior Staff in Surgery, Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital, Mie
・1995-1997 Resident, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo
・1997-1999 Graduate School at Nagoya University School of Medicine, Aichi
・1999-2013 Staff in Gastroenterological Surgery, Aichi Cancer Center
・2013- Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division, National Cancer Center, Tokyo

Simon Law
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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MBBChir (Cantab), MS (HK), PhD (HK), MA, FRCSEd, FCSHK, FHKAM, FACS.  

Simon Law is Cheung Kung-Hai Professor in Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Chair Professor and Chief of Esophageal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at The University of Hong Kong.  

Professor Law is a council member of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, and past president of the Hong Kong Society of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons. Notably for international collaborations, he is a member of the World Wide Esophageal Cancer Collaboration, the Esophagectomy Complications Consensus Group, and a member drafting the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society recommendations for esophagectomy. He is the co-chairman of the Education Committee of the International Society of Diseases of the Esophagus. He is an honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association as well as the European Surgical Association.  

He has concentrated his experience and research in both benign and malignant foregut disorders. He has published over 300 manuscripts and book chapters. He is associate editor of Diseases of the Esophagus, and is / has been member of the editorial board in 15 other journals. He has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on over 300 occasions.

Yukinori Kurokawa
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
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Post-graduate Career
2007-2010 Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Osaka National Hospital, Osaka, Japan
2010-2020 Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
2020-present Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

International Experiences
1996 Externship medical student, US Navy Hospital in Yokosuka, USA
Medical student rotation, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA
2003 Visiting Observer, Division of Liver and GI Transplant, University of Miami, Florida, USA
Honorary Observer, Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK

2002 Special Research Scholarship (DC2), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
2015 Nishi Memorial Award, Japan Gastric Cancer Association
2017 Mitsuru Sasako Award, Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG)
Japan Digestive Disease Week (JDDW) Rising Star Award
Associate Editor of Gastric Cancer
Fellow of American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Active Member
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Active Member

Hyunsuk Suh
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Hyunsuk Suh, MD is an assistant professor of surgery specialized in endocrine surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. He has matriculated from the Johns Hopkins School of medicine and received surgical residency training at the Boston University Medical Center followed by an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. He then pursued a robotic endocrine surgery fellowship at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, Korea. He is interested in all endocrine related diseases, molecular and optical diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and minimally invasive surgeries. His practice includes hidden scar robotic thyroid and lymph node dissections as well as minimally invasive/robotic adrenal surgeries for benign and malignant disease processes.

Brian K. P. GOH
Singapore general hospital
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Professor Brian K. P. Goh is presently Director of Solid Organ Transplant at the Singhealth-Duke NUS Transplant center and Surgical Director of the SGH Pancreato-biliary Clinic. He underwent advanced fellowship training in both HPB surgery at Singapore General Hospital and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons accredited abdominal organ transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas) fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Presently, he is the only surgeon in Singapore accredited to perform liver, kidney and pancreas transplantations.

He is an experienced subspecialty surgeon having performed over 1200 major HPB/transplant surgeries since completing surgical training and become a board-certified surgeon. Dr Goh is presently one of the key developers and leaders of minimally invasive HPB surgery in Southeast Asia. He is also a pioneer of the application of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery technology for HPB surgery in the region. He has personally performed close to 500 major minimally-invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) HPB/transplant surgerical procedures including over 100 robotic HPB operations. He is widely recognized as an expert in the region and is frequently invited to speak on and to proctor HPB surgeons keen to embark on robotic and laparoscopic HPB surgery in Southeast Asia. He has personally tutored or proctored numerous local and regional HPB surgical specialists in dozens of laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgical procedures.

Dr Goh has a Master of Science in research and is active in both clinical and translational research. He has held over SGD 50 million in grant funding as PI or CoI and has authored or co-authored over 240 PubMed indexed articles. He has a H index of 45 and his academic work has been cited close to 6000 times. Dr Goh is frequently invited to share his clinical and research expertise and has delivered close to 200 scientific presentations at international scientific meetings. He has also received several international awards in recognition for his contributions to the field

Rong Liu
The First Medical Center of Chinese PLA General Hospital
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Education and Professional Career
Former Lanzhou Medical College, School of Clinical Medicine Bachelor 1981-1986

  Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Master, Doctor 1990-1995

  Department of HPB Surgery, Department of HPB Surgical Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 1995-present

Award and Honors
National Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class) 2014 "Foundation and Clinical Application of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Minimally Invasive Surgical System"

Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award (First Class) 2013 "Research and Promotion of Application of the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques"  

Working in the front line of the clinical and scientific research for 36 years. Prof. Liu established the integrated HPB invasive surgical system and innovated various types of HPB surgeries. Prof. Liu has performed more than 10000 cases of HPB surgery, including over 5000 cases of complex minimally invasive surgery. Up to March 2020, more than 4000 cases of robotic HPB surgery had been performed by his team, ranking the first in terms of the total number in the world. Prof. Liu held "Beijing International Minimally Invasive Surgery Forum" every year, which attracted experts from various developed countries and regions to visit and learn.

Yao-Ming Wu
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Education and position
2003, Dec.~ 2005, Sep. Postdoctor research in Liver Research Center, Albert Einstein Medical College, New York City, USA
2005, Oct.~ 2005, Nov Visiting liver transplant surgeon in UPMC (University Pittsburgh Medical Center)
2008, Aug Assistant Professor, Medical College, National Taiwan University
2014, Aug. Associate Professor, Medical College, National Taiwan University
2019, Aug Professor, Medical College, National Taiwan University

Clinical interests:

Liver transplantation (cadaveric, living-related)
Hepatobiliary surgery
Minimal invasive surgery
Acute Liver Failure

Basic research interests:

Regeneration Medicine
Cell Transplantation
Acute Liver Failure

-2007.08: Best Award of Research Publication, Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation, Taiwan
-2008.06: Outstanding Research Award for junior faculty, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan
-2008.08: Best Award of Research Publication, Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation, Taiwan
-2011,6: Travelling Award, International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), Toronto, Canada
-2014, Aug: Outstanding Research Award for Excellence in Innovation of Medical Technology, NTUH

William Tzu-Liang Chen
China Medical University Hospital Taichung
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Current Position
Superintendent, China Medical University Hospital at Hsin-Chu
Zhu Bei City, Hsin-Chu Province, Taiwan
Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
China Medical University, Taichung City, Taiwan

Member, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
Board Member, Endo-laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia
Board Member, Asia-Pacific Endo-laparoscopic Surgeons
Board Member, Asian Endoscopic Task Force

Dr. William Tzu-Liang Chen is currently the Superintendent of China Medical University Hospital Hsin-Chu. After earning his medical degree in Taiwan, he completed a research fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Utilizing his training and clinical experiences, he has made notable contributions to literature regarding cutting edge techniques of colorectal minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Chen is also a charismatic speaker who has been invited to present at over many international conferences. Along with serving as a clinician and researcher, Dr. Chen is currently the superintendent of China Medical University Hospital at Hsinchu, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at China Medical University.  

Chung-Ngai Tang
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
Hong Kong

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Current Appointments
• Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery , Consultant Surgeon, Chief of Service, Department of Surgery, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
• Director of Minimal Access Surgery Training Centre (MASTC)
• Director of HKEC Training Centre for Healthcare & Clinical Technology
• Deputy Hospital Chief Executive of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital
• Clinical Stream Coordinator (Surgical), Hong Kong East Cluster
• Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
• Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (The University of Hong Kong)
• Council member & Chairmen of Robotic Subcommittee of International Laparoscopic Liver Surgery (ILLS)
• Founding President of the Hong Kong Society of Robotic Surgery (HKSRS)
• Past President of Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA)
• President-elect of Asia-Pacific Association of Robotic Surgeons (APARS)

Consultant Surgeon / Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery / Chief of Service (Surgery)
• Pioneer of MAS Hepatobiliary Surgery in HK, performed the first laparoscopic Whipple operation in HK in 2006, the first Robotic-assisted liver resection & Whipple operation in HK in 2009
• The first qualified Robotic General Surgeon in HK, accumulated personal experience more than 700 cases of Robotic-assisted hepatobiliary surgery / general surgery since 2009.
• Published extensively on MAS HPB surgery with more than 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journal / book chapter, and delivered about 200 invited lectures on laparoscopic and robot-assisted HPB surgery in local and international symposia

Director of Minimal Access Surgery Training Centre (MASTC)
• Organized training workshops for local / regional doctors and nurses, and more than 20000 healthcare professionals were benefited. Both basic and advanced laparoscopic (General surgery / Urology) surgery courses were recognized as mandatory trainings by College of Surgeons of HK since 2010
• Piloted MAS Competence Assessment Model to ensure staff competency in PYNEH, later rolled out and adopted by HA COC (Surgery) and College of Surgeons of HK in 2010
• Director of numerous International Symposia (IESS, HPB-MAS, Asia-CRSA, CRSA, Endocrine/H&N Surgery and IASGO HK Chapter)
• Co-director of Robotic HPB & Upper GI Training Program conducted in Grosetto, Italy since 2011
•International Faculty of the biggest MAS training Centre in the world (IRCAD/EITS of Strasbourg, France) since 2010, performed more than 100 live surgery demonstrations since 2010.
•Faculty of International Consensus Meeting: Morioka (ILLS) 2014, Paris (WCES/Robotic General Surgery) 2014, Singapore (Robotic HPB Surgery) 2018 & Miami (IG-MIPR) 2019

Shin-E Wang
Taipei Veterans General Hospital

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Dr. Shin-E Wang was graduated from National Yang Ming University in 2002, and completed her surgical residency at Taipei Veterans General Hospital from 2002 to 2007. She is currently working as an associate professor and attending surgeon in the division of General Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang Ming University. Her major interests include minimal invasive surgery including robotic and laparoscopic surgery, pancreas surgery and pancreas transplant. Her team is very actively involved in minimal invasive surgery, especially robotic Whipple operation (more than 290 RPD cases) and pancreas transplant (more than 155 cases). She was the experts committee member in International Evidence-Based Guidelines for Minimally Invasive Pancreatic Resection 2019 (IG-MIPR 2019), held at Miami.

Academic and Hospital Appointments
2009-present: Attending Surgeon, Division of General Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
2019-present: Associate Professor of Surgery, National Yang Ming University

Association Appointments
2015-2018: Councilor of Taiwan Pancreas Society
2015 – 2018:Director (理事) of Taiwan Pancreas Society

Award and Honor
2017 Copper Award of Symbol of national Quality, Safety and Quality(SNQ國家品質標章銅獎) - "胰臟移植; Pancreas Transplant"
2018 Award in Excellent Video Presentation of Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association
2019 Award in Excellent Video Presentation of Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association
2019 Award in Excellent Teaching, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
2019 Copper Award of Symbol of national Quality, Safety and Quality (SNQ國家品質標章銅獎) - "微創機器手臂輔助胰臟手術-"胰"大手術小傷口; Minimally Invasive Robotic Pancreatic Surgery - Small Wound for Major Pancreatic Surgery "

Kuo-Hsin Chen
Far-Eastern Memorial Hospital

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Medical Degree: College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (1986~1993)
Residency: Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital Taiwan, 1995~2000
Clinical Fellow: Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 2001
Visiting scholar, Department of HPB and transplantation surgery, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan 2007
Approved Liver & Kidney transplant surgeon (living & deceased donor) in Taiwan

Academic Society Membership
Chairman, Department of Surgery, Far-Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Chief, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Far-Eastern Memorial Hospital (since 2004)

Affiliation, Academic appointment
President, Taiwanese Hernia Society
Executive Board member, Taiwan association for Endoscopic Surgery
Executive Board member, Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association
Board member, Taiwan Surgical Society of Gastroenterology
Instructor, Taiwan association for Endoscopic Surgery
Instructor, Surgical Oncology, Taiwan Surgical Association
Member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Member of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (EAES)
Member of Asia-Pacific Hernia Society (APHS)
Member of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA)
Member of International Hepato-Bilio-Pancreatical Association (IHPBA)
Member of American Hepato-Bilio-Pancreatical Association (AHPBA)
Member of International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
Member of American Hernia Society (AHS)

Dr. Chen graduated from Medical college, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 1993 and completed surgical resident training at Department of surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital in 2000. He visited the minimally invasive surgical center, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 2001 and the division of HPB and liver transplantation, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan in 2007. Currently, he serves as the chairman of department of surgery, chief of the division of general surgery, Far-Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, which is a tertiary referral center in northern Taiwan. Dr. Chen’s main interest is hepatobiliopanreatic surgery, herniology, liver and kidney transplantation and minimally invasive surgery including robotic approach. Based on personal experience of advanced open and laparoscopic liver, pancreas and complex biliary surgery, he initiated the first robotic HPB surgery program in Taiwan in 2010 and started the first laparoscopic donor hepatectomy for adult living donor liver transplantation in Taiwan in March 2012. Recently, he has achieved some personal surgical milestones of more than 1,200 laparoscopic liver surgery and more than 100 MIS pancreaticoduodenectomy. In addition to being active members of many international societies, Dr. Chen also serves as President of Taiwanese Hernia Society and as one of the executive board members of Taiwan Association of Endoscopic Surgery, Taiwan Robotic Surgery Association, Taiwan Pancreas Society and Taiwan Surgical Society of Gastroenterology.

Yutaro Kato
Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University

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1986-1992 Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo

1992 Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1993 Resident, 2 affiliated hospitals
1995 Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1996 Clinical Fellow, Department of Transplant Immunology, Kyoto University
1997 Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, Keio University
1999 Staff Surgeon, Tokyo Denryoku Hospital
2003 Clinical Fellow, Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
2004 Clinical Fellow, St. James’s Hospital, Leeds University, Leeds, UK
2005 Staff Surgeon, Tachikawa Hospital, Tokyo
2007 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, International University of Health and Welfare Mita Hospital, Tokyo
2010 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University
2018.4-Present Professor, Department of Surgery, Fujita Health University