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Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine 1・2・3

We comprise two departments, and collaborate intensively for patient care.

  • The First Department: Yoshihisa Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Second Department: Hideki Nakatsuka, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Third Department: Hiroshi Katayama, M.D., Ph.D.

Main Research Areas and Themes of Research

  • Monitoring and equipment
  • Organ function and circulation
  • Sepsis and critical care
  • Patient safety and quality control in anesthesia and the perioperative period

Clinical Features

We are proud to be working in the most challenging and exciting area of medicine. Our goal is to provide the best practice in anesthesia and perioperative care around the clock. All activities and efforts of our members are directed towards patients who need surgery or intensive care. We are responsible for pre-operative check-up, anesthesia during surgery, post-operative care of surgical patients, and the intensive care of all critical patients.

We administer about 4500 general anesthesia for both elective and emergency surgeries in the operating rooms. We put emphasis on patient safety during anesthesia, and a painless and comfortable recovery after surgery. In the Intensive Care Unit, about 500 critically-ill patients are treated with life-support machines 24 hours every year.

We think the most important aspect for patient care is to have the best team-work among all our members and co-medical staff. We always seek good communication among co-works in the OR. We function as leaders in the OR to ensure safe and high-quality perioperative care.

Educational Features

The center of our education always involves patients. For the best practice of anesthesia and intensive care, good education is essential. Medical students of the fifth grade participate in an anesthesia clinical clerkship for one week. Every student has his/her attending anesthesiologist and learns clinical skills such as airway management, venous catheterization, and induction/recovery from anesthesia.

For postgraduate year 1 or 2 residents, rotation in anesthesia is important for their career as a clinician irrespective of their future specialties. They learn basic clinical skills during rotation in anesthesia.

We aim to train our staff as anesthesiologists with global competence. We define global competence as “the ability not only to work with top clinical skills and knowledge, but also to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate its meaning in the context of an increasingly globalized world.” We need to have the best practice and skills in anesthesia, and an ability to collaborate with all co-workers in ORs and to work in international settings.

We must be aware of scientific progress not only in the field of anesthesia, but also in other medical specialties. We always need to be up-to-date. Lastly, we stress that equal opportunity among all members is the motto in our Departments of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine I and II (Photo).