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    The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with a knowledge of Japanese language, culture or customs. JMSA members are also proud supporters of local community efforts and educational scholarships.
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    Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who are working to contribute to the Japanese community. The organization was established in 1973 and our activities have expanded significantly over the years.

  • Get Listed

    One of the benefits of membership in the JMSA is listing in our professional directory. This provides both new referrals from patients looking for a doctor and also boosts your search results if you link to your practice website. JMSA.org is highly ranked by all the major search engines.

  • Student Members

    Our student members are involved in many outstanding projects both here and abroad. Student members enjoy mentorship from JMSA members in various medical fields, helping to prepare for their future careers.  The JMSA also awards a number of scholarships each year.


JMSA Journal Club 10/20/16

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JMSA had its first Journal Club meeting on October 20th, 2016. The event was organized by Shoko Mori, a third year medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and 2016 Raymond Sekiguchi MD-JMSA Scholarship Recipient. The JMSA Journal Club, her scholarship project, was started in the hopes of bringing together JMSA students, researchers, and physicians in an educational and meaningful environment to learn about current research topics and also network with other JMSA members. Her mentors for the project are JMSA physicians Dr. Maki Kano and Dr. Yuzuru Anzai.

The first meeting of the Journal Club was facilitated by Dr. Satoko Kanahara, who is a board certified Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician practicing at Community Healthcare Network in the Bronx. The two papers that were discussed were "Body-Mass Index in 2.3 Million Adolescent and Cardiovascular Death in Adulthood" by Gilad Twig et. al published in the New England Journal of Medicine and "Timing of Allergenic Food Introduction to the Infant Diet and Risk of Allergic or Autoimmune Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" by Despo Ierodiakonou et. al published in JAMA.

The event was attended by medical students from Mount Sinai, Cornell, Columbia, and SUNY Downstate, and was a great opportunity to meet other students and learn from these two journal articles. The JMSA Journal Club will hold its next meeting in the Spring and hopes to continue to bring together more JMSA members. 



2016 JCOP Application

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Calling For JMSA Community Outreach (JCOP) 2016 Applications:

JCOP is seeking applicants for its 2016 Grants.

Click Here to download the application.

All Japanese community groups and individuals who are seeking a grant to support their Japanese community outreach projects are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications: Friday, October 14, 2016

Thank you,

JCOP Selection Committee 2016



Through the years, JMSA has become aware of local organizations which have provided much needed medically and socially related support to the Japanese American Community. Many of these programs provide valuable services to the Japanese community through information sharing and support groups, and have urgent need for funding. With this knowledge, JMSA established the Community Outreach Program (JCOP) in 2007 in order to support medically related Japanese programs through grants.

The JMSA Community Outreach Program (JCOP) strives to become a liaison between community programs and corporations seeking to sponsor and aid such programs.




2016 Summer JMSA Party 8/7

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Dear JMSA Members and Non-members,
Please join us at the annual JMSA Summer Party! 
Date: Sunday, August 7th 2016
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Cafe Evergreen at 1367 1st Avenue (between E 73rd and 74th st) NYC 10021
Delicious dim sum will be served.  There will also be an entertainer to be enjoyed by the entire family! Feel free to invite any friends or family who are interested in JMSA.
Buy Tickets Online

2016 Kumamoto Multi-Earthquakes: JMSA Japan Relief

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On April 14th and 16th, 2016 6.2 and 7.0 magnitude earthquakes occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture resulting in significant damage to the region. At least 41 people have been killed, thousands injured, and tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes due to the disaster. 
In light of the recent disaster, JMSA is raising funds to support victims and contribute to relief efforts in the area. The goal of the fundraising efforts would be to provide support to an organization that will directly aid those in need. We are currently considering the most effective relief activity and organization to support as we have done so with the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. 
Donations can be made directly to JMSA Japan Relief efforts using PayPal. If you would like to make a donation, please use the above link. All of the proceeds will go towards relief activities in Japan. 
In the past, JMSA has raised $170,000 to support rebuilding efforts in northern Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. JMSA sent donations to Kokoro no Care and its related activities, which is a community mental health outreach program led by multidisciplinary mental health experts at Fukushima Medical University. To date, we still continue to work with them closely in making significant impact to the region’s recovery.  With your support, we hope to be able to extend our support to Kumamoto. 


JMSA event 3/8/16: A Survivor Exchange Program

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JMSA is proud to showcase one of our on-going Japan Relief efforts, 3/11 and 9/11: A Survivor Exchange Program at the Asia Society in New York.  The special event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, March 8th, marking five years after the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. The event will showcase the powerful stories of an outreach program that has joined the survivors, first responders and families of victims from the so-called “3-11” disaster with their counterparts who suffered their own traumas a decade earlier, after the attacks of September 11, 2001. 

3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Five Years Later

8 March 2016

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Asia Society and Museum

725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)

New York, NY 10021


Beginning in 2012, members of the 9/11 Tribute Center traveled to Japan on missions of compassion and community outreach to share their own experiences of tragedy, loss, recovery and resilience. For four years, these family members, survivors and first responders of the two disasters have traveled back and forth between Japan and the U.S., in an exchange that has yielded profound, life-changing results.  Although the two catastrophes had different causes and impact, the more general issues of coping with large-scale disaster and its repercussions are universal. We are proud to present “3-11 and 9-11: Survivor Stories” featuring representatives from both communities, a short documentary film, and a conversation about the power of human connection and healing. A reception follows the program.


More information regarding the speakers and tickets can be be found in the following hyperlink: http://asiasociety.org/new-york/events/3-11-and-9-11-survivor-stories

JMSA greatly appreciates the good will and generosity of the collaborating partners. Special thanks go to Asia Society for hosing this event, American Airlines for generously providing roundtrip tickets from New York to Tokyo, the United States-Japan Foundation for generous funding support of this program, Consulate General of Japan in New York and Rotary Club for all local arrangements, Japan Society for program development, and Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai, Columbia University, and JAMSNET for their expertise.



2016 JMSA NY Life Science Forum

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The second annual JMSA NY Life Science Forum was held at NYU Langone Medical Center on 4/9/2016. With more than 225 participants, the event was a huge success and was well received. There were 14 oral presentations given on various topics in health science including basic science, translational research, public health and policy making.  At times lectures were broadcasted to a satellite location to accommodate participants who could not find seats in the main lecture hall. A DJ (DJ GO who volunteered his service) provided music throughout the event as additional entertainment.  In addition to the lectures, there were 23 poster presentations. Four scientists were selected for awards for Best Poster. The two second place awards, a $100 coupon towards flights to Japan, were given to Dr. Koki Nakanishi (Columbia University) and Yorito Hattori (Weill Cornell Medical College). The two first place awards consisted of a free invitation to JMSA’s Annual dinner (a $300 value), went to Dr. Tomoyoshi Nakadai (The Rockefeller University) and Dr. Shoichiro Takeishi (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)、

This year the event was co-sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Dr. Abe, the Deputy Director from the Washington office attended the forum with two other staff members. They were impressed by the turnout and by the high quality of the lectures that allowed the material to be accessible even to non-scientists. They also commended the efforts by the organizers who helped to run the meeting smoothly.

The organizing team consisted of 20 scientists/doctors/nurses with Dr.Teruyuki Sano of NYU as the head. They met regularly since September of last year and had frequent discussions in preparation for this meeting. They also ensured there was a daycare for children so that the whole family could participate in the event.

JMSA was pleased with the success of the event, and would like to thank all the organizations, companies and volunteers who supported this forum. We also welcome any feedback from this year’s participants in preparation for next year’s forum, which will be held in mid April, 2017.


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