Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
Graduate School of Medicine,
I am pleased to welcome you to the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery in Hokkaido. This is a great honor for the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as well as for myself; one that has been 45 years in coming to Hokkaido University since the 25th JATS took place here in 1972 led by the late Dr. Saburo Sugie and 13 years to Hokkaido since the 46th and 57th JATS were hosted by Sapporo Medical University, in 1993 and 2004; respectively presided over by Drs. Sakuzo Komatsu and Tomio Abe. Allow me to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks.
Out of consideration for the Hokkaido climate, JATS 2017 will take place slightly earlier in the year compared to the usual schedule. The four-day program will run from Tuesday, September 26, to Friday, September 29, 2017, with some Postgraduate Courses (PGC) and the Council Meeting to be held on the 26th, the day prior to the Scientific Meeting. The venue will be the Sapporo Art and Culture Hall and the Royton Sapporo. Since these two facilities are adjacent, participants need not concern themselves about weather conditions during the Meeting.
Our theme will be “Boys be ambitious! But stay humble.” The first half is taken from the famous words by Dr. William Smith Clark (1826-1886) in his message to Hokkaido University. His actual message goes, “Boys, be ambitious! Be ambitious not for money or for selfish aggrandizement, not for that evanescent thing which men call fame. Be ambitious for the attainment of all that a man ought to be.” This being one of my favorite quotes, I secretly incubated it in my mind as the theme for our Annual Scientific Meeting and also used it in our posters. Moreover, I supplemented the original words with the phrase “But stay humble.”
As doctors who study the imperfect science of medicine and particularly as surgeons whose work can potentially be injurious to patients, I feel it is crucial that we always maintain a sense of humility. Although we may aspire to administer the best treatment, there is nothing more frightening than a single-minded conviction that our own method is the best. In my mind, it is critical that we always continue to assess our own surgical treatment objectively. I consider this a serious theme to impose upon ourselves.
For this Scientific Meeting, as per the advice of previous President Dr. Miyoshi and in consideration of the membership and future prospects of our Association, the JATS 2017 Program Committee proposed that the sessions would comprise symposia, panel discussions and President’s requested lectures for the fields of cardiology, respiratory, and esophagology at a ratio of 4:2:1. Because our Association is a fortuitous combination of cardiovascular and respiratory surgeries and the predecessor of our Department, which was Hokkaido University Department of Second Surgery, had an esophageal surgery division, I am happy to say that Hokkaido University as a whole could play a central role in formulating programs for JATS 2017. I am deeply grateful to the doctors who assisted and supported us.
As the upcoming Scientific Meeting will mark the 70th anniversary, we have set up a Special Lecture program featuring a debate on the history and future prospects of JATS. Also, newly added by my request, we will have the video sessions consolidated on the afternoon of the second day, September 28, as a Surgical Technique Session. The presenters will consist solely of practicing surgeons, with specialists also on stage to deepen the discussion. I am hoping for a vigorous debate on surgical techniques. The Poster Presentations and Hands-on Seminars will be held as in previous years. The venue will be fully equipped with Wi-Fi and as in previous years, there will be no printing of Abstracts.
Lecturers invited from overseas will be as follows (including those pending finalization): Cardiac surgery: Dr. Daniel Y. Loisance, who was my superior during my training in France, as well as Drs. Friedhelm Beyersdorf (Germany), Leo Bockeria (Russia), Cristian Brizard (Australia), Taweesak Chotivatanapong (Thailand), Eduardo de Marchena (USA), Michiaki Imamura (USA), Robert J. M. Klautz (Netherlands), Artur Lichtenberg (Germany), Jaroslav Lindner (Czech Republic), Lorenzo A. Menicanti (Italy), Yoshifumi Naka (USA), Davide Pacini (Italy), Patrick Perier (Germany), Jose L. Pomar (Spain), Olivier Raisky (France), J. Scott Rankin (USA), Thomas G. Gleason (USA) , Marc Ruel (Canada) , Morten Helvind (Denmark) and Thoralf M. Sundt (USA) .
Respiratory surgery: Drs. Joseph Stewart Friedberg (USA), Kazuhiro Yasufuku (Canada), Diego Gonzalez Rivas (Spain), Scott J. Swanson (USA), Steven S. Rothenberg (USA) and Thomas Waddell (Canada).
Esophageal surgery: Drs. Simon Law (Hong Kong) and Palanivelu Chinnusamy (India).
Hokkaido in September is a beautiful time of year – scenic, with pleasant weather and delicious bounties from the land and sea. Being a native Hokkaido boy, born in Sapporo and raised in Obihiro, I am a true devotee of all things Hokkaido and consider it my duty to convey the charms of this beautiful region as far as possible. After devoting yourselves wholeheartedly to the Scientific Meeting, I would urge all doctors participating in JATS 2017 to enjoy Hokkaido to the fullest in their spare time including weekends. At the Meeting venue, we will have books and informational materials on Sapporo restaurants and cuisine available for your perusal.
We look forward to hosting you here in our beautiful northern city.
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
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Hokkaido, 060-8638, JAPAN
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