I have been appointed as Director of Shinshu University Hospital on April 1, 2014, the term is 3 years. The social and medical circumstances including the University Hospital is currently changing dynamically, and coming 3-year period must be quite important. I feel heavy responsibility, however, it is a great honor and pleasure for me to serve as Director of the University Hospital, and I will do my best.
Shinshu University Hospital, as only one University Hospital in Nagano Prefecture covering 2.2 million people, has important missions: conducting high and advanced medical treatment, developing new treatments, developing human resources, and promoting international exchange. Nagano Prefecture, where the Shinshu University Hospital is located, has best longevity in Japan, and the level of the medical level, I am sure, is quite high.
In the Shinshu University Hospital, we are conducting various clinical studies of the international level. Doctors from the overseas are studying in various basic and clinical fields, also young doctors are studying abroad. We are accepting foreign doctors as researchers or clinical fellows.
We are planning to extend a building to strengthen the function of University Hospital by 2018 including Cancer Center, Perinatal Center, Operating theater for hybrid surgery and robotic surgery. We also establish a Clinical Study Support Center this year.
“Doctor-heli”, helicopter emergency medical service, has been available since October 2011, more than 1,000 patients were transported to the University Hospital.
All the staff members of the Shinshu University Hospital, more than 1,700, are working wishing people’s health.
Kazuhiro Hongo, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Shinshu University Hospital
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery Shinshu University School of Medicine