Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery,Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Centre East
- Prof. Hidetoshi Kasuya
- Assoc Prof. Yuichi Kubota (epilepsy)
- Assoc Prof. Hiroyuki Akagawa (genetic research)
- Assoc Prof. Hidenori Ohbuchi (CVD, endovascular)
- Assoc Prof. Atsushi Sasahara (CVD, endoscope)
- Assis Prof. Shigeru Tani (function, tumor)
- Assis Prof. Shinji Hagiwara (trauma, CVD, endovascular, pediatrics)
- Assis Prof. Naoyuki Arai (CVD)
- Assis Prof. Asami Kikuchi
- Assis Prof. Tatsuya Maegawa (CVD, spine)
- Dr. Kei Yamazaki
- Assis Prof. Yasuhiro Kuroi
International clinical fellow
Dr. Ilhom Adbullaev(Uzubekistan)
I was able to gain excellent training at the highest level. So far, the program has exceeded all my expectations, with personable Professors and a great Residency team to support my participation. Moreover, meeting different Neurosurgeons with different educational backgrounds gives me valuable networking opportunities, allowing me to constantly learn from them.
With words it is difficult to explain just how much knowledge I have been able to receive regarding “differential diagnosis”. I find Japanese doctors are very strong in that.
I feel myself very lucky to have a chance to participate in clinical neurosurgery fellowship in Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East’s Neurosurgery department.
First of all I am thankful to Professor Hidetoshi Kasuya and his team. They were very kind to me and always put my benefits higher than their own.
I do appreciate all efforts of the World Federation of Neurosurgery Society for organizing such kind of fellowships for neurosurgery doctors from developing countries.
Also my thanks to Professor Yoko Kato from Fujita Health University to persuade Professor Kasuya to join WFNS’s foundation program.
I strongly recommend to young neurosurgeons from developing countries to participate in this fellowship program.
Dr. Van Tri Truong(Vietnam)
I would like to express my profound thankfulness to Professor Kasuya for having given me a wonderful chance to study in his department at Tokyo Women Medical University, Medical Center East. I have learned a lot of useful things from him. It is an excellent team and I was so lucky to be a member of that team during three months. I observed delicate surgeries Professor Kasuya and his team performed, such as microvascular decompression, aneurysms clipping, meningioma resection and STA-MCA by pass, etc. I also had chance to study endovascular treatment with his team. I found they are so good at it. During my stay in his department, Professor Kasuya gave me very interesting lectures about MVD, meningioma resection and aneurysms clipping on Wednesday mornings. He has a lot of experience about those surgeries and I was lucky to learn from him.
Besides professional knowledge, I also learned a lot of things from the way he organizes and leads his team in clinical work and scientific research. I will apply them to develop my department in Vietnam. In conclusion, what I got during my study in his department will be very useful for my professional career. Especially, thanks to what I learned from him, I think I will be able to do aneurysms clipping when coming back home and I will do MVD better. I still remember a patient of his who was suffered from trigeminal neuralgia said happily that she changed her life after a successful MVD. I hope I will be able to bring happiness to many patients in Vietnam as he does. Again, I would like to thank you very much Professor Kasuya for allowing me to join his team. My memory with him and his team will be one of the greatest memories of my life.
Dr. Saydullo Sharifbaev(Uzubekistan)
I’m guessing that the majority of those who chose neurosurgery did so because it’s “cool.” I was one of them. I knew I wanted to do something surgical. And of course, I wanted to save lives, work on tumors, perform emergency surgeries, and enter a field with potential for new discoveries. I completed my wonderful fellowship program in Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East. Thankfulness very much to professor Hidetoshi Kasuya that he give me this great opportunity to participate in this fellowship program. This fellowship program give me great opportunity to learn all sides of neurosurgery which was my dreams. During this fellowship program I discover new side of brain, skull base! I become very well understand skull base anatomy and microsurgical approaching technics. I also thankful to his very kind and experienced team. I learn a lot of new methods of treatment, not only surgical also endovascular methods of treatment from this team. Professor and his team every time told me - ”Try, you can do it!”. This words will motto in my life. I will apply all my knowledges which I got during my wonderful fellowship program to develop neurosurgery in my city. I also like interesting lectures about MVD, meningioma resection and aneurysms clipping and evening conferences where we discus with doctors new articles from neurosurgical and neurological scientific journals. And now I know how to make cadaver section using cow brain. It also was for me news which I got from like evening conference. Because it is difficult to make real cadaver section. It is difficult to me describe all my expression with words. I just want to say THANK YOU Professor!!! I don’t want to say good bye, I want to say SAYONARA! See you in Uzbekistan.
Dr. Samer Hoz(Iraq)
Japan is just another planet!A wonderful experience... these 3 months changed a lot of cultural and scientific aspects of me. Thanx to the neurosurgery department of Tokyo women's medical university medical center east. During my fellowship in Tokyo... I experienced the super-respectful nationality from the 14 countries I already visited! Both in-hospital and outside. In the hospital they offered me: Free apartment for living, Monthly salary, Can scrub in all cases, Can assist actively during surgery, All the conferences and courses in Japan at the fellowship period are free for foreign student. Have a formal doctor's pager, Can choose the subspecialty of interest, Monthly research project. And the last and most important is an endless respect!!! Yes it is really a Japanese trademark... "Manners!!!"
I was honored to be with you for the last 3 months, an experience that I will never forget.
Thanks for pushing me forward and for being always positive with me.
You teach me not only neurosurgery,
you teach me the Japanese manner which I think the most amazing thing that I will tell
about my trip to japan,
Also you teach me the importance of time, the dedication in doing my job.
Thank you very much for everything.
Dr. Yan Zhao (China)
Thanks Professor Kasuya very much for giving me this precious opportunity to the department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East (TWMU-MCE), which provides the high-quality continuing education to neurosurgeons domestically and throughout the world.
It is the most unforgettable three months ever in my life!
I feel a different medical environment here. The relationship between doctors and patients is so harmonious. I hope that Chinese hospitals will be as good as here in the future. TWMU-MCE is a university hospital. There are often interns studying here. I can see that the department attaches great importance to teaching and training.
During the fellowship, I have the opportunity to witness innovative surgical techniques for any surgery. I learned safer and less invasive surgical approaches and develop of diagnostic skills through advanced micro-neurosurgical training and enriched my experience to benefit my patients and future research.
What impresses me the most here is the teamwork, whether in the ward, the operating room or the radiography room, everyone is actively cooperating, which makes people feel very happy and positive. What I also admire here are the weekly journal club and monthly conference, from which I learn a lot of the latest knowledge and broaden my horizons.
Once again, I would like to express my most sincere thanks to Professor Kasuya for giving me the opportunity to join his department. Thanks to every doctor here for your care and help. Welcome to visit China in the future.
Dr. Yan Zhao
Department of Neurosurgery
Tianjin Medical University General Hospital
Dr. Yang Wenlei (China)
I would like to say thank you to Professor Kasuya, for providing me such a great opportunity to visit the department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East. I spent an unforgettable 3 months here.
I’m deeply impressed by your medical team: full of enthusiasm, meticulous to every case and patient, dedication to the medical career. I can feel the spirit from every one here. This great attitude towards work, patient and the medicine, will be brought back to China. I can feel the high quality of learning and teaching atmosphere as well. Every morning’s radiological analyses training, every Monday’s English presentation, Wednesday’s professor lecture, Thursday’s evening conference and journal club, as well as pathology conference, and other lectures, provide young residents, students and me many occasions to study. It’s really helpful to us to raise good attitude towards learning, discussion and to get progress quickly. I’m also glad to observe and to participate in variety of operations here, brain surgeries, spine surgeries, endovascular treatments and peripheral nerve surgeries. I learned a lot from Professor Kasuya the technique skills in MVD surgeries, especially the transposition method, which enriched my experience in this familiar field.
This three months’ stay helped me to be integrated in Tokyo, to feel the traditional culture, to enjoy gourmet foods. I also gained friendship with Japanese young neurosurgeons. I think these best memories and friendship are my preciousness during this fellowship. I express my sincere thanks to all the staff, especially to Professor Kasuya, for your kind help. I hope to meet you again in the near future.
Dr. Yang Wenlei
Shanghai Jiaotong University School of medicine
Dr. Ketan Patel (India)
First i would like to express my profound and sincere thankfulness to Professor Kasuya for giving me a big opportunity to study in his department at Tokyo Women Medical University, Medical Center East. He is very kind, gentlemen and polite professor ever i have seen. He is always be there for my every small small problems. He has made my stay most comfortable in japan. He is excellent neurosurgeon. Under him guidance I had learn so many things like MVD, Aneurysm clipping, Meningioma resection and all. I have learn small small very important tricks for neurosurgery from him.
I am also thankful to WFNS organization for giving me opportunity to lean excellent clinical exposure in Japan.
I am also very thankful to Dr Koseki for giving me support during whole my stay. He is my best friend in japan. He is master in Endoscopic Neurosurgery and he teach me lot about endoscopic neurosurgery. He take care of me in each and every circumstance in japan. He is very kind, polite gentlemen ever i have seen.
I am also thankful to Dr Yoneyama. He has also given me constant support during my stay. He had teach me lot about Vascular Neurosurgery.
I am also thankful to Obara. She is very kind leady. She always take care my vegetarian food and given constant support for my clerical work.
I am also thankful to whole my Neurosurgery team including Dr Tani, Dr Hirasawa, Dr Hagiwara, Dr Sashahara, Dr Ohbuchhi, Dr Hirota, Dr Kikuchi, Dr Maegawa, Dr Imazato, Dr Ebise, Dr Hori and all other staff.
I feel myself very lucky to have a chance to participate in this clinical neurosurgery fellowship in Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East’s Neurosurgery department.
Beside all this things I have learn so many things from Japan and Japanese people. They all doctors are very punctual in time in any circumstances. They all are excellent and perfect Neurosurgeon. They all take care small small things for patient care.
Common Japanese people are also very kind nature. They all follow strictly rules and regulation of government. Japanese people are safest people in world.
I have lot many things to tell you about Japan and Japanese people but its take long time. This trip had made so many change in my life and for that I am always remain thankful to Japan and Japanese people.
Bye Bye JAPAN
Dr. Ankit Mathur (India)
I am extremely grateful to Professor Hidetoshi Kasuya and for being such a good host and inspiring mentor during my entire fellowship. TWMU had an excellent team of Neurosurgeons. For me, working closely with such brilliant and dedicated doctors for last 3 months has been an experience of lifetime. Everyone in Department made an extra effort to make me feel comfortable and welcome.
Japanese work ethic and Japanese way of life are always a source of admiration and awe across the world. When I decided to come and work in Japan, my objective was not only to learn new skills but I also want to observe first hand, a different philosophy behind decision making and a different way of doing the same surgical procedures that we do back home. I was hopeful that by end of my term, I would return as not just a more skilful surgeon but as a wiser human being.
Success never comes easy and this is most true in Neurosurgery than any other branch. Behind every successfully treated patient is a lot of hard work. I closely observed this tireless process at TWMU Neurosurgery department, everyone striving for continuous development of fine skills, spending endless hours in refining their knowledge of basic and clinical science, doing lot of brainstorming over every clinical decision, learning and executing the surgical skills perfectly even in extremely stressful conditions and critical analysis of the results over and over again.
I would like to believe that working with such extraordinary team will inculcate these good habits in me and I will be able to continue this practice when I go back. The energy, dedication, sincerity and camaraderie in the department has to be seen to believe. Enthusiasm for core science is unparalleled and I also got an opportunity of research during my fellowship. Department has a wonderful skill lab where one can keep honing operative skills. I had great exposure of various procedures for cerebrovascular and endovascular surgeries. Professor Kasuya has great expertise in Surgery for trigeminal neuralgia and working with him and learning his way of doing this surgery just changed my perspective on the way to treat this disease.
I strongly believe that TWMU is great place for international candidates who want to have exposure in different neurosurgical sub specialities. Thanks a lot Professor, thanks a lot TWMU and thanks a lot Japan.
Dr. Violet Thitikan (Thailand)
Life as an international fellowship in TWMU-CE
It was very far beyond my expectation! 3 months’ life in TWMU-CE helps fulfill the missing part of my neurosurgical attitudes. It was since my first e-mail that I wrote to Dr. Kasuya, my first lesson. Not only learning neurosurgery but also learn how to contact and work with other people around professionally. I know from that first e-mail response that Dr. Kasuya is a very delicate educator. Life is a training and it was fun.
TWMU-CE was a small but cozy hospital specialized in MVD surgery. I learned a lot of different kinds of TGN and HFS. The different techniques from different pathology let me know that MVD is really a different world from what I’ve ever known so far. It is a happy time to study with one who is really specialized and love microvascular decompression. If you think that MVD is simple and easy operation, rethink again. When it comes to complicate , it’s fascinating.
Also all the team member of Dr. Kasuya. I’d like to thanks for everybody whom provided me a very warm welcome. Actually I’m always feels like I am home. It is my family here with Obara-san as my very special consultant. I can feel free to communicate in English with everybody and also learned a lot of Japanese language and culture from them. Thanks everybody who gave me a hand and taught me a lot about surgeries. Thanks for settle a microvascular lab for me and introduced me to the Chicken wing anastomosis practice, provided me a chance to have an international presentation in Tokyo-Shanghai neurosurgical forum. Moreover , thanks for teaching me how to participate the Presidential dinner with social skills to become an elegant neurosurgeon. You all teach me how to have a responsibility, this is a truly Japanese culture.
Japanese style of neurosurgery is similar and different from other country including my country. It is very good opportunity to learn the different, understand and applied to the best benefit to those mankinds.
Thanks for everything, every circumstances and whatever that made me be here for 3 months. I’ll be absolutely come back here again if there is any chance. I strongly recommend everybody whom interested in General Neurosurgery, MVD surgery and also Japanese cultures to come here.
And as a chicken wing Otaku. Now I settle my own lab in my common room, using the knowledge from you improving my anastomosis skill. I hope someday I can do it better with real patient.
Very very thanks for giving me an unforgettable memories. I love you all and never ever forget that I am one of your team.
Dr. Jorge Alberto Ocon Rodriguez (Mexico)
I want to thank Professor Kasuya Hidetoshi for giving me the opportunity to live this learning and knowledge experience here in Japan,
the entire Neurosurgery team has allowed me to observe,
participate and be part of every procedure and event at this Hospital,
Every member of the team teach me something important in this time, not only of medicine, but also of human quality, dedication and perseverance that the Japanese have in every aspect of life and that makes them famous worldwide.
A Japanese will seek perfection in the smallest detail.
I also want to recognize Professor Kasuya's support, always attentive to what I needed for my training, every Wednesday he took the time to teach us, each surgery explained the important details, he was always there, he was always on time.
This fellow gives you the possibility to learn, practice, observe and study, become a neurosurgeon with a greater scientific and research vision.
Thanks again to Professor Kasuya and his team, thanks to each of our patients and thanks to the Japanese People who allowed me to share a little of their culture.
In Mexico all of you have a friend.
See you again in the future.
Dr. Hesty Lidya Ningsih (Indonesia)
It was a great opportunity for me to be able to join this fellowship program in Tokyo Women’s Medical University Medical Center East and I'm very thankful to Professor Hidetoshi Kasuya for allowing me to participated in this program and also for being such a great and inspiring mentor. I learned a lot from Professor Kasuya. His totality in every aspect really amazed me. From the fineness and delicacy in surgical technique, thoroughness in patient management, perseverance in learning to every little detail, consistency in scientific research, and to the ability to make such a great environment in teaching program. I hope I could adopt some of his ability to help me grow to become better neurosurgeon.
During this program I was able to observe and also join the surgery, learned the safer and less invasive microsurgical technique for many kind of cases including microsurgery for tumor resection, MVD, clipping aneurysm, endoscopic surgery and many others. The experience that has enriched my knowledge and ability that I hope I could apply in my own country. Beside that, I also had a chance to practice in micro lab for anastomosis, joined a journal club every week and got free access to many journal sites. Professor Kasuya took a special time to give me lecture every wednesday morning. I also had an opportunity to attend national and regional neurosurgical conferences and annual meeting and meet many neurosurgeons from all over the country. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for all these great experiences.
I would also like to say thank you so much for all staff member who had been so kind and helpful from the very beginning, including Dr Kubota, Dr Tani, Dr Hagiwara, Dr Sasahara, Dr Hirasawa, Dr Ohbuchi, Dr Hirota, Dr Arai, Dr Yamada, Dr Inazuka, Dr Ebise, and all other staff. I witnessed great teamwork here and it was an honored for me to be able to work with this team for the past 3 months. The experiences that I will never forget. And also thank you so much to Mrs.Obara and all hospital member for the warm welcome and help.
I hope I will be able to meet you all again in the near future.
Dr. Amit Kumar (India)
After completing my residency in Neurosurgery from Calcutta national medical college, Kolkata, India, it was my dream to learn advance micro neurosurgery from Japan. I strongly believe in the value of visiting and learning advance neurosurgery in different countries.I remember the day when I got the acceptance email for International fellowship in advance neurosurgery from Professor Hidetoshi Kasuya from Tokyo Women Medical University, Medical Centre East, Japan, I was totally astonished. From the very first day after meeting Professor Kasuya I realised that he is very kind, gentle and polite professor I had ever met. As I joined the Department he gave me a beautiful welcome party and kindly introduced me to all the doctors and staffs of neurosurgery department. This friendly cooperative department is beautifully organized, highly motivated and honestly working.
The regular morning lectures focused on case discussions, journal presentations, new methodologies, operative discussion to see the important aspects before, during and after surgeries helped me to learn different aspect of neurosurgery. I was mesmerized observing the delicate surgeries performed by Professor Kasuya and his team such as Microvascular Decompression, Aneurysms surgery, Brain tumour resection, STA-MCA bypass and spinal surgery. It was a great experience to learn endovascular treatment from Dr Arai , Dr Obuchi and Spine surgery from Dr Hirota, Dr Inazuka as well. I am highly grateful to Dr Tani, Dr Sasahara and Dr Hagiwara for helping me out many of the times.
Dr Kubota and Dr Michael, you both are wonderful teacher, guide and friend. You groomed me to be sound professional and made working with you an interesting and memorable experience. I will always be grateful to you for your support, kindness and for guiding me on the right path.
It was very hard time to stay during covid pandemic in foreign land but Professor Kasuya stood there like a father, not only extended my tenure but also helped me in all the odds. Amidst of covid19 pandemic with decrease in elective cases Professor Kasuya encouraged me to improve my academic by reading different neurosurgery journals and to study on Stroke and Trigeminal Neuralgia which helped me to publish my three articles on international journal with the help of Dr Kubota and Dr Michael without whom it was not possible.
I am deeply impressed by the organized medical system with their best effort to help the patients. I am sure that this precious experience is a great chance for every neurosurgeon who want to discover the art of neurosurgery.
In addition to a beautiful country and nice Japanese people, the professor, doctors all medical staff are extraordinary nice, they are always willing to offer their warm help so that I feel at home. I feel myself very lucky to have a part of this neurosurgery team for last 4 months.
Japan is a beautiful place to be in, the wonderful Japanese people with so much humbleness, politeness and ever helping nature leaves one mesmerized.
I would never forget the golden moments spent in TWMU MCE and this will be one of the greatest memories of my life.Four months in Japan …. A life experience and great memories occupied my heart and my brain for the rest of my life.
Finally, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Professor Kasuya for his immense support during my stay in Japan and teaching me the magic of neurosurgery. No word could ever hold all the “Thanks” I want to give you for mentorship. Thank you very much sir for motivating me, pushing to achieve beyond the limits and shaping my future.
Thank you for all the memories TWMU MCE
Thank you very much Japan
See you again