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Gastroenterology section at Nippon Medical School is well-known as the very first team to carry out endoscopic polyp resection in the stomach in 1968 for the first time in the world. Not only as pioneers of endoscopic treatment but also as gastroenterologists, our Department has made an effort to contribute to the development of basic and clinical science in the field of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy through constantly performing a variety of researches. Such an effort to contribute to the science aims to provide for our patients the well-developed medical cares as well as everyday treatments on gastrointestinal diseases. We, for that purpose, have started our new era in 2012 as “Department of Gastroenterology”, previously known as the Division of gastroenterology. In 2013, Hepatology Section, which used to be one of different Divisions, joined us; therefore, we have grown to be one of the biggest sections in Nippon Medical School Hospital with wider variety of specialties, enabling us to provide more and more sophisticated medical cares.
Faculty in the Department of Gastroenterology has each specialty; 1)esophagus, 2)stomach and duodenum, 3)large or small bowels, and 4)hepatic-biliary-Pancreas, which is made up of four major groups. In order to build up both multidisciplinary medical cares and researches in basic and clinical gastroenterology, each group individually cooperates with Gastroenterological Surgery Section, Radiation Oncology and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Department as needed. The Endoscopy Center is capable of providing prompt treatments when necessary. Thus we usually provide yearly more than 150 cases with severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage with endoscopic treatment because full-time medical doctors are stationed in the Center.
Holding a regular clinical conference with physician having private practice in Bunkyo City of Tokyo Metropolitan, we make sure to give feedbacks of our care and treatments to physicians who asked our Department to see patients. There are many other forums and conferences we host and get involved, as well.
Department of Gastroenterology offers many training opportunities. Faculty member in each group is well known in Japan especially for GERD, functional dyspepsia, endoscopic therapies such as ESD for early stage gastric cancer, chemotherapies for GI and hepatic-biliary cancers, capsule and double-balloon endoscopies for small-bowel diseases, and TIPS treatments for portal hypertensions. Usually, trainees take advantage of our thoroughly-planned training program to finish gastroenterology fellowship to become a specialist.