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Department of Pediatric General and Urogenital Surgery

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The Department was established in 1968 by Emeritus Professor Keijiro Suruga who was the first Professor and Head of the first Department of Pediatric Surgery in a medical institution in Japan. The second Professor and Head was Takeshi Miyano who successfully developed the Department according to two mottos-“training staff to provide medical care from an international perspective” and “providing patients with optimal and safe medical care”. Currently, the third Professor and Head, Atsuyuki Yamataka, leads a dedicated team of 22, comprising 7 fully board accredited specialist surgeons who aim to constantly provide clinical services that are “safe and even less invasive”.

The Department of Pediatric General and Urogenital Surgery specializes in treating conditions in children from babies to teenagers that can only be cured by surgery. All manner of surgery other than cardiothoracic and neurosurgery is performed in the Department, which boasts the highest number of operations per year and the highest number of neonatal patients. Annual operations top 1300 cases and the number of neonates is over 75, meaning there is a wealth of experience to be gained from such a large number of cases.

One of the outstanding features of the training program offered by the Department is the opportunity to “experience the world first hand through overseas placements”. Almost all staff have studied overseas, and this allows the Department to maintain its international standing clinically, educationally and as a research center because of exposure to international medical information.

The Department is well aware that it must contribute both socially and medically, and conducts considerable research that has been published widely as original papers and reports. There are a variety of topics being researched by the Department at internationally recognized levels.

Advantage of Juntendo University Hospital

One of the most prominent advantage of a University Hospital is the speed and efficiency which we can bring together the expertise and resources of many high-class doctors from many different departments (e.g. Hepato-biliary surgery, Cardiac surgery, Thoracic surgery, Neurosurgery) to offer the best type of treatment possible, no matter how difficult the case may be.

Medical School education

The Department's approach is to expose young doctors to a wide spectrum of conditions in the field of pediatric general and urogenital surgery by allowing them to attend outpatient clinics and hospital ward rounds. Hospital tutorials are conducted for each type of condition generally encountered-a style that enhances understanding. “Acquisition of surgical skills” and “case presentations” are taught in detail. Medical students are taught broadly about various conditions in the field of pediatric general and urogenital surgery at the bedside, an experience that is inspirational, and maintains motivation to study pediatric surgery after graduation.

Medical student teaching Observation of surgery is the core of medical student teaching in the Department, but it is also supplemented by learning how to manage patients in the intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit as well as proper procedure in the emergency room. If interested, students can also assist with animal experiments, learn about surgical instruments and surgical skills. Final year medical students may choose an option to become more actively involved in patient care, and/or have the opportunity of learning more surgical skills with trainee doctors.

Surgical patients

The Department performs the largest number of operations in Japan. Quality clinical education is not possible without a wealth of patients.
  • Annual surgical cases: From 1200 to 1400
  • Neonatal surgical cases: From 70 to 110
  • Laparoscopic surgical cases: From 160 to 180

Case Reports and Clinical Research Papers

A large number of papers have been published in English (approximately 400). Writing case reports and clinical research papers fosters real clinical prowess through studying and thinking about various conditions.

Overseas placement

Every member of the medical staff has an opportunity for placement overseas, and it is a time for traveling and experiencing the world first hand as well as learning English.

Operative Video / Slide Section ( Under Construction )

  • Endoscopic (Laparoscopic / Thorascopic ) Surgery
    • Hirschsprung Disease
    • Esophageal Atresia
    • Congenital Biliary Dilation
    • Biliary Atresia
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux
    • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Non-Endoscopic Surgery
    • Hypospadia
    • Buried Penis
    • Vesico-Ureteral Reflux

Media Section


Newspapers (to be updated)

  • "Saikyo Doctor" Fuji Television Network Corporation Jun. 8, 2007
  • "Special on Thursday" Nippon Television Network Corporation Sep. 11, 2008

Contact Section

Pediatric General & Urogenital Surgery
Juntendo University School Of Medicine
2-1-1, Hongo, Bunkyo
Tokyo, 113-8421
T: +81-3-3813-3111 Ext:3339, 3340
F: +81-3-3817-0736
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