What do you hope to achieve in your term as president of WFITN?
WFITN is seeking to standardise fundamentals that are common all over the world, even under different medical systems or different levels of the treatment. One of the main goals in establishing WFITN is improving the training for endovascular treatment. On training standards, I took over from the former WFITN president Pierre Lasjaunias. Luc Picard arranged the charter of training for endovascular treatment and wrote the paper in Interventional Neuroradiology with the support of many members. In my term, I would like to focus on arranging the society’s system including bringing in the constitution. This work is underway and will continue with the next president. As for the WFITN scientific meeting in Africa, we hope this meeting will be a one step of expansion of neuro-endovascular treatment in Africa as previously experienced in east Asia, Japan, Korea and China.
What are three key questions in interventional neuroradiology that you would like to see answered?
- What is the final design of clot removal devices in stroke treatment?
- Is it possible to have surface modified devices such as coils, stents and diverters?
- Is it possible to have a computer-assisted endovascular treatment guiding system?
What are the new techniques/technologies that you are watching closely?
I am very interested in nanotechnology and how it will influence interventional neuroradiology. I expect that we will soon see applications of nanotechnology in interventional neuroradiology such as in surface modification, smooth finishing of devices or in the evolution of new device materials to replace metal.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I am interested in sports and enjoy watching football games in Europe, baseball games in the USA and of course, in Japan. I also enjoy playing golf.
In football, I have enjoyed watching Series-A, Premier League and La Liga matches. When it comes to the FIFA World cup, I have been to games in all the World Cup games from1994 in the USA to 2006 in Germany. I did not make the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as it was too far from Japan, but I had to go there for the WFITN meeting this year!
In baseball, I am a fan of the Nippon-Ham Fighters, the professional baseball team in my city, Sapporo.
I play golf with the Sapporo club and my handicap is now nine. Golf is a sport where you can never be “perfect”—not even Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods can be.
I think that that is an attractive point for all golfers, juniors, seniors, professionals and beginners. I believe practice is the only way of improving and getting close to “perfect”.
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery at Nakamura Memorial Hospital in Sapporo, Japan
Endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular disease, aneurysm and stroke
1979 Graduate of the Sapporo Medical College, Sapporo, Japan
1979 Medical License from Japan
1979 Department of Neurosurgery, Nakamura Memorial Hospital, Sapporo, Japan
1984 Clinical staff of National CardioVascular Center, Suita, Japan
1985 Board certification of Neurosurgery
1996 Clinical fellow, The Methodist Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
1997 Clinical fellow, Department of Neuroradiology, Nancy, France
1997 Chief of division of Surgical Neuroangiography, Department of Neurosurgery, Nakamura Memorial Hospital, Sapporo, Japan
2000 Board certification as consulting specialist of JSNET
2004 Co-director of Department of Surgical Neuroangiography, Neurosurgery, Nakamura Memorial Hospital, Sapporo, Japan
2004 President of Japanese Society of Neuro-Endovascular Therapy (JSNET)
2006 present Executive board member of JSNET
2007–2009 Vice president of WFITN
2009–2011 President of WFITN