JMSA Interview Series*

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JMSA Interview Series

The aim of this project is to create an enjoyable online interview series of healthcare professionals of the Japanese communities in the United States and Japan.

All interviews will be conducted by members in training, in order to promote youth involvement in JMSA. We are actively recruiting interviewers from both the USA and Japan. Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone, or even by email. Click here to view our latest interview with Dr. Amano.

Central themes include:

  • Mentorship
  • International collaboration
  • Choosing a specialty

Benefits of joining this project include:

  • It'll be fun!
  • Become involved with JMSA
  • Others will benefit from your interviews
  • Foster a relationship with interviewees -- it's often difficult as a student to get to know attendings at a personal level, and this project allows a unique platform to start relationships which hopefully lead to meaningful mentorships
  • Include the interview in your resume as a "web publication"

Interviews are transcribed and posted on this website along with photographs and biographies. Target audiences include colleagues, patients, and the general public. Please contact us if you would like to join this project in any capacity. Also, please let us know if you have ideas to make this project bigger and better.

Project Members:
Yoshihiro Yonekawa (Contact Person, Harvard Ophthalmology PGY2)
Yumi Ando (Cornell MS IV)
Lindsay Gibbon (Cornell MS III)
Alisa Prager (Columbia MS I)
Miyuki Tanino (Cornell MS III)
Yusuke Terasaki (Cornell General Sugery PGY2)
Hanano Watanabe (Cornell MS III)

Contact us:
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Funding provided by:
JMSA and Honjo Foundation


--- Vol. 8 Transplant Surgery: Tomoaki Kato, MD

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Our latest JMSA Interview Series is with Dr. Tomoaki Kato. Dr. Kato is the Chief of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. He specializes in liver, multivisceral, pediatric and intestinal transplantation, as well as ex-vivo tumor resection. His research interests include transplant immunology. Please click "Read More" for the article.

--- Vol. 7 Neurosurgery: Kosaku Amano, MD PhD

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The JMSA Interview Series is a student-ran project sponsored by JMSA and the Honjo and Nishioka Foundations, where medical students interview attending physicians in various specialties. The interviews are posted online for educational purposes.

Our first international interview is with Dr. Kosaku Amano, a neurosurgeon in Tokyo. Please click "Read More" to view the full article. You can also visit the student project page to view other interivews:


--- Vol. 6 Gastroenterology: Makoto Iwahara, MD

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Dr. Iwahara is a gastroenterologist in New York City, and is the president of the Japanese Medical Society of America. We  asked Dr. Iwahara questions about his background, gastroenterology, and his vision for JMSA.

Undergraduate:  Brown University, Providence, RI
Medical school:  SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Residency:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Fellowship:  University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Current:  Attending, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC

--- Vol. 5 Pediatrics: Maki Kano, MD

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Dr. Kano is an internist and pediatrician at the Japanese Medical Practice in Hartsdale, Westchester County.  As one of the few Japanese-speaking general pediatricians in the New York tri-state area, she sees many Japanese pediatric patients not only from Westchester, but also from New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Dr. Kano is also actively involved in community outreach programs in JMSA.

Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine