|Juntendo School was established in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, in 1843. Later, in 1875, Juntendo Hospital was opened at its present location in Ochanomizu, Tokyo, laying the foundation for subsequent growth and prosperity. In 1910, the department of obstetrics and gynecology was established, and in 1946, Juntendo University was formed. The first professor of obstetrics and gynecology was Dr. Tamaki Imai, and the professorship has now been passed to Dr. Satoru Takeda, who is the 9th department professor.
At present, the department has over 130 members. The five Juntendo-affiliated hospitals, centering on Juntendo Hospital in Hongo, Tokyo, make concerted and dedicated efforts to engage in clinical practice, research and education. The department of obstetrics and gynecology is divided into three sections, namely, the perinatal medicine, reproductive medicine, and gynecologic oncology, each of which pursues its unique expertise and carries out interdisciplinary studies. Although the department targets diseases suffered by women only, it covers a broad range of ailments starting from those seen in the egg and fertilized egg periods to the fetal stage, neonatal stage, adolescence, maturation period, pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods, menopausal period, and old age. Besides conducting tests, surgery and treatment related to the obstetrics sector, infertility and hormones, gynecologic tumors, postpartum depression, climacteric disorder, and osteoporosis, the department’s clinical and research targets also include gynecological examinations as well as preventive medicine for osteoporosis and metabolic syndrome. It also has forums of activities from the mental, societal and welfare, as well as health and hygiene aspects, such as family planning consultation, schooling and counseling, and prevention of child abuse and domestic violence, among other issues. The department not only encompasses elements of emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine and psychiatry, but also includes elements of preventive medicine as well as welfare and health and hygiene. As long as students have broad perspectives and a passionate desire for learning and exploration, they can enjoy studying at this department while receiving clinical and research training. The graduate school offers extensive educational and research courses, and has not only launched classes on obstetrics and gynecology but has also numerous joint projects with Juntendo University’s clinical and basic departments. Furthermore, joint researches are actively being carried out with universities and research facilities in Japan as well as with universities in the UK and Canada.