JMSA 35th Health Seminar

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Announcing the Nippon Club 35th Health Seminar in cooperation with the Japanese Medical Society of America
Dr. Maki Kano will give a lecture on the topic: "Disease Prevention in Adults: How to maintain you health"
We hope you can attend the event.
JMSA Health care lecture team.

Fundahigao America Foundation

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Dear JMSA Members and Friends,

We would like to introduce you to the Fundahigao America Foundation founded by one of our members, Dr. Tomoaki Kato. He is hosting a fundraiser to support Latin American liver transplant for children. Please read the message from him below.
Dear Friends,
We are hosting a fund-raising event on 6/11 in Glass House. It is a photo exhibit of children who were transplanted in Caracas. The event is 6-9pm.  With the ticket price of $250/person (tax deductible contribution. $55 of $250 is not tax exempted. If you donate and do not attend the event, entire amount is tax exempted). If you are interested in purchasing tickets or know of someone who may be interested, please let Dr. Kato know or follow the instructions on the 2nd link. Carolina Herrera will be at the venue and may be some other from fashion industry.
This is a launching event of Fundahigao America Foundation. I am a co-founder of the foundation. Here is what we have been doing.
Liver transplantation programs in the United States have been curing patients for decades with optimal results. The situation is very different for patients in Latin America and other parts of the world. Lack proper medical training and assistance available prevent many families from getting the proper care for their children suffering from liver disease. Just a decade ago, children with liver disease in Venezuela were among those that had no hope for local treatment. Dr.Pedro Rivas in Caracas and I met in 2004 to take on the mission to establish liver transplant program in Caracas. The first pediatric liver transplant in Venezuela was performed in 2005 on an 8-year-old girl with severe end-stage liver disease. The donor was her father. That young patient is now a teenager finishing high school.  Following the first case, we have done almost 70 living donor liver transplant cases (of those, 50 are done for children) in Venezuela with very high success rate (survival rate more than 90% in children). After 10 years of on-site training, the program is now at its graduation stage.
Getting close to completing  our original mission to make liver transplant available in the country, we decided to form a foundation to pursue mission of replicating the same outcomes in other Latin American Countries. Fundahigado America Foundation (FHA) is a tax deductible, 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded in October 2011 exclusively for charitable purposes to promote efforts to train the multidisciplinary healthcare professionals needed for pediatric liver transplantation in areas of Latin America where the option of liver transplantation currently does not exist.
Tomoaki Kato

Third Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America (JAPAN) Meeting

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Third Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America (JAPAN) Meeting

"Let’s share our knowledge and experience to improve child health and development!!” A new academic association lead by Japanese pediatricians who work in the US (The Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America: JAPAN) was launched in August 2014. On Saturday, March 7th, its third academic meeting was held at the Kravis Children’s Hospital of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. This meeting was another great success with an outstanding special lecture entitled “Fetal Medicine for Pediatrician” by Dr. Tomo Tarui (Tufts Medical Center) and exciting presentations by Drs. Maya Nishijima-Suzuki (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Chikara Ogimi (Elmhurst Hospital Center), and Yuko Shiima who is a current trainee of Dr. Akira Nishisaki (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Twenty-five attendees including medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians from a variety of specialties enjoyed active discussions to gain knowledge from the experts.

“I am very excited about what we achieved with the past three successful meetings. My goal is to make continuous opportunities for Japanese pediatricians in the U.S. to expand friendship and academic relationship,” said Dr. Mika Ito (Maimonides Medical Center) who is a co-steering committee chief with Dr. Junko Nishita (Maimonides Medical Center). “We attempt to bridge medical communities between Japan and the US and I believe our activities will benefit Japanese pediatric health care providers as well as children and families who travel to the US. We really appreciate a generous support from JMSA!”

The meeting was followed by a reception dinner at Guzan restaurant in the Upper East side, which was organized by Dr. Miho Nakajima (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center).  The next meeting is scheduled in August 2015 and the speaker of special lecture series is Dr. Takeshi Tsuda, a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Cardiac Center in Delaware.

Steps to Going into Medical Fields

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On November 22, 2014, JMSA held a panel discussion at the Japanese Weekend School in Port Chester to introduce students to careers in the health professions and the steps to becoming a physician in both Japan and the US.

The event attracted HS students from the Hoshuko and Keio Academy, as well as college students, parents and teachers, and other members of the community. The panel featured JMSA physicians and student members with a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine. This panel discussion marks the first of many events that JMSA hopes to sponsor in order to support students in their quest to pursue careers in healthcare.

The event started with a presentation on motivations to becoming a physician, the different professions within healthcare, and the requirements to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. Students were also introduced to the new JMSA physician-shadowing program, which provides opportunities for high school, college and medical students to gain exposure to various healthcare fields by shadowing JMSA healthcare providers.

The panelists described their motivations for pursuing medicine, the different careers within medicine, and the challenges and rewards of being a physician. The panelists also answered questions from the audience. Dr. Oishi and Dr. Anzai gave excellent insight into differences in the way medicine is practiced in Japan and the US.  Dr. Asoma described the variety of paths that his colleagues have pursued with an MD degree. Dr. Kano, the panel moderator, stressed the importance of keeping an open mind and pursing one's passions and interests. Kenji Fujitani described the importance of volunteering, and gave helpful advice on applying to college. Machiko Yamamoto and Yoshi Toyoda described life as medical students, and Alisa Prager described what she did during her gap years. The event gave students early exposure to a career in healthcare and a glimpse of what it may be like to have a future in the medical profession.

Students who are interested in participating in the JMSA shadowing program can sign up by filling out this form. Healthcare providers, who would be willing to provide shadowing opportunities to students, should fill out this form

This event was part of the “8thSenior Week” co-sponsored by the Japanese American Association of New York (JAA) and the Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSNET) and was held in collaboration with the JMSA and the Japanese Weekend School of NY. 



JMSA Golf Outing 2014 at Crystal Springs

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As summer comes to a close please come join together with fellow JMSA members, friends, and family at Crystal Springs Golf Course for a day of golf. Use this day to catch up with friends before the year is out!
October 4th, 2014
Crystal springs course @ crystal springs
Tee time is at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch at the 9th hole with beverages and lite food after with prizes
$10.00 gift card for use in the pro shop.
Price per person: 155.00 
Special room rate if you would like to stay over a night. Mention "JMSA Outing" when booking your room.
Please register online (Click Here to be redirected to registration page) AND email John Belmonte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Thank You.