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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.

Model Approaches from Japan's 3/11 Disaster

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Our collaborative project, the fourth 9.11 to 3.11 Tohoku Outreach to Japan will take place this summer and the project has been featured as one of the four “Innovative disaster responses in Japan that are worth emulating in future disasters around the world” by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). 

Why worth emulating? By Atsuko Geiger et al.

“They put a great deal of consideration into how to address core issues in an effective way…the program brings healing to both the 3/11 and 9/11 families and survivors while creating strong bonds between the two groups”

“The exchanges between the survivors of 9/11 and 3/11 induce survivors to deal with the psychological trauma by sharing their feelings, not by taking the direct approach of asking them to share their feelings, but by creating a situation in which they feel comfortable doing so.”

“The 9/11 and 3/11 exchange was initiated by organizations in the United States, but they worked closely with local Rotary clubs in Tohoku to carry out the trips… they adapted as the situation on the ground evolved… because they were rooted in the local communities”

“It has made a great difference to those who are involved in or have been touched by this program.”

JCIE is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan policy institute that works to encourage deeper international cooperation in responding to regional and global challenges.

For more information, please visit: http://www.jcie.or.jp/books/abstracts/I/innovative311.html 





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<< You can download Dr. Nariai's headache lecture slides here >>

June 17th Wednesday was a beautiful night for Nippon Club to host the 35th Health Seminar in cooperation with JMSA at the 5th floor Sakura Room. The topic was “Understanding Headaches,” and the lecture was presented by Dr. Hiroki Nariai who is currently a pediatric neurology fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Nariai started his presentation by explaining the different symptoms and treatments involved in various types of headaches such as migraines, tension type headaches, and cluster headaches. He further addressed how some types of severe headaches, such as subarachnoid hemorrhages, are life-threatening and how we can distinguish a serious headache that may require immediately attention from a non-serious one. Dr. Nariai also introduced some of the most recent technologies in neurological medicine in a very understandable way in which all audiences were able to enjoy regardless of their background.

The seminar ended successfully with a Q&A session and a reception where light snacks and wine were served. Guests and staffs were able to enjoy the rest of the night with each other and also with Dr. Nariai himself.

The next Health seminar will be held in October—details to come soon!  

2015 JMSA Summer Party

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Please join us at the annual JMSA Summer Party!

Date: Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Guzan (1534 3rd Ave, between 86th & 87th Street)

A delicious dinner will be served, along with a cash bar. There will also be an entertainer for kids with a magic show, face painting, games and dancing! Feel free to invite any friends or family who are interested in the JMSA.

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43rd Annual Spring Dinner - A Big Success!

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JMSA held its 43rd Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club overlooking Central Park in New York City. The society was delighted to accommodate over 200 guests, including JMSA board members, healthcare professionals, scholarship recipients, students, and sponsors at the event.
The night began with a cocktail reception, followed by the dinner. Entertainment was provided by the Kay Matsukawa Quartet. Dr. Maki Kano and Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, co-chairs of the event, addressed the guests with opening remarks. Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, current president of JMSA, then continued to welcome guests, and proceeded to govern the voting of the 2015 JMSA Slate. The society is especially grateful for Mr. Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York for his attendance and speech. JMSA scholarship awards were then presented by Dr. Robert Yanagisawa. Dr. Shintaro Yamada, scholarship recipient and the organizer of the recent JMSA New York Life Science Forum, gave a presentation of the forum. Dr. Takeshi Kanno of Tohoku University, chosen as one of the "100 most influential people in the world" by Time Magazine for his work immediately after the Earthquake in 2010, was introduced by Dr. Kamal Ramani. Dr. Kanno gave a speech thanking JMSA for the support of Tohoku area.
Overall, the JMSA 43rd Annual Spring Dinner was a tremendous success, and the society would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who attended, supported, and promoted the event. The society is grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by our sponsors, benefactors, and donors whom make JMSA events and scholarships possible.

87th Dr. Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Day Ceremony

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87th Dr. Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Day Ceremony was held at The Woodlawn Cemetery on May 21.

The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society (HNMS) held a memorial day ceremony at The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York to honor the life and legacy of the Japanese scientist on May 21. The ceremony, a tribute to Dr. Noguchi’s 87th memorial anniversary, was a huge success and the event ran very smoothly under the cozy weather with azalea trees being in full bloom in the park-like beautiful natural surroundings.

The ceremony started at 11:00a.m. with the opening remarks by Mr. Yoshio Kano, Executive Director, HNMS followed by welcome addresses by Dr. Shunichi Homma, President, HNMS and Mr. Mitch Rose, President, The Woodlawn Cemetery, and then H.E Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York and Dr. Hiro Funabiki, Professor at The Rockefeller University addressed the respectful greetings.

As a highlight of the ceremony at around 11:20a.m., the impressive message from Mr. Yasuo Yago, President of The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Foundation which is based in Inawashiro, Fukushima, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s birthplace was introduced upon being translated into English by Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, Director, HNMS. Also, Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Vice President, The Nippon Club addressed respectful greetings. At the end of the program Dr. Susan Olsen. Director of Historic Services, The Woodlawn Cemetery addressed the closing remarks.

For the memorable ceremony on this day, the beautiful flower arrangements were presented by the following organizations:

  • The consulate-General of Japan in New York
  • The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)
  • The Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSNET)
  • The Japanese American Association of New York (JAA)
  • The Nippon Club
  • The New York Japanese-American Lions Club (JALC)
  • The New York Fukushima Kenjin-kai
  • The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society (HNMS)

Dr. Hideyo Noguchi was born in Inawashiro, Fukushima, in 1876, Dr. Noguchi achieved success as a scientist even though he was raised in a small rural village and was handicapped by a fire. His talent was recognized by the Rockefeller Institute which provided him with the opportunity to conduct research where he focused on a cure for yellow fever. On May 21, 1928 Dr. Noguchi succumbed to the disease he fought tirelessly to cure while working in Africa.

Among the honored guests and officials gathered on this day to remember the internationally acclaimed scientist were Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York, Dr. Shunichi Homma, the Margaret Milliken Hatch Professor at Columbia University Medical Center and founding President of the New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Dr, Hiro Funabiki, the professor at The Rockefeller University, Mitch Rose. The president, The Woodlawn Cemetery, Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Vice President, The Nippon Club, representatives from the Japanese Medical Society of America, the Japanese American Association of New York, the New York Japanese-American  Lions Club, the New York Fukushima Kenjin-kai and The Woodlawn Cemetery. Almost 40 people from the public and press attended the ceremony.

The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc. (HNMS)  was established in 2013 to strengthen U.S. - Japan relations by inspiring and supporting children from both sides of the Pacific to study medicine. In addition to providing opportunities for students and creative learning, the Society is dedicated to preserving the memorial and memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi. The Noguchi Memorial at The Woodlawn Cemetery was restored in 2008 by the Japanese Medicals Society of America, Inc. (JMSA) and is visited by hundreds annually.

The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc. (HNMS) is a tax exempt organization and a private foundation with Federal Tax ID #46-3452994. It is classified under Internal Revenue Code as 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions under IRS Section 170 and 2055, 2106, or 2522.

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