• Welcome!

    The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of medical and health care professionals with a knowledge of Japanese language, culture or customs. JMSA members are also proud supporters of local community efforts and educational scholarships.
  • President's Message

    Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who are working to contribute to the Japanese community. The organization was established in 1973 and our activities have expanded significantly over the years.

  • Get Listed

    One of the benefits of membership in the JMSA is listing in our professional directory. This provides both new referrals from patients looking for a doctor and also boosts your search results if you link to your practice website. JMSA.org is highly ranked by all the major search engines.

  • Student Members

    Our student members are involved in many outstanding projects both here and abroad. Student members enjoy mentorship from JMSA members in various medical fields, helping to prepare for their future careers.  The JMSA also awards a number of scholarships each year.

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43rd JMSA Annual Spring Dinner

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Dear JMSA members and friends:
 
You are cordially invited to the 43rd JMSA Annual Spring Dinner.
 
Date: Saturday May 9th 2015
Time: Cocktail reception to start at 5pm, followed by dinner and presentations.
Place: The New York Athletic Club, NYC
 
Please click for Invitation Card.
 

Please click for RSVP Card for offline ticket purchases. Please RSVP by 4/25/2015.

The evening will include a presentation of the 2015 Scholarship Recipients.

There will be a special performance by Ms. Kay Matsukawa, a sensational vocalist and songwriter. Bio of the performer can be found here (English and Japanese).  
 
We sincerely hope you can join us for the JMSA's memorable Annual dinner.
 
As guests have said in the past, "These dinners keep getting better!"
 
 
Sincerely,
 
JMSA Annual Dinner Committee
 
Photos from JMSA Annual Dinner 2014
 
More Pictures Below!
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Film Screening & Discussion at Japan Society: Fukushima: In Search of a Lost Future

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Globally renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Otomo Yoshihide, who grew up in Fukushima, is a vocal force on the plight of Fukushima, which faced a triple disaster: earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure. Otomo introduces the international premiere of ASAHIZA, a documentary that focuses on the now-defunct cultural hub of Minamisoma, located 15 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Otomo provided the soundtrack to this quiet yet powerful piece on the community's irreversible loss of space, time and memory. 

FILM
Fukushima: In Search of a Lost Future
Innovators Network
Film Screening + Discussion
Monday, April 20, 6:30 PM 

After the screening, this loss of space, time and memory will be further explored by Otomo and Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa in a dialogue on the mental health of citizens living in Fukushima. Dr. Niwa is Executive Administrator, Fukushima Prefectural Hospitals Office and a member of the Board of Kokoro-no-Care Nagomi (KCN), a mental health clinic in Fukushima. In partnership with the Japanese Medical Society of America, KCN is supported with a grant from Japan Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Followed by a reception.

ASAHIZA 人間は、どこへ行く(Asahiza, Ningen wa Doko he Iku). 2013, 74 min., Blu-ray, color, directed by Hikaru Fujii. International premiere.

Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students. 

http://www.japansociety.org/event/fukushima-in-search-of-a-lost-future

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JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Message

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ご参加ありがとうございます。

皆様

この度は、JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015にお越しくださり、誠にありがとうございました。そして、素晴らしく貴重なお話をしてくださった演者の皆様、ポスター発表者の皆様、各セッションを円滑に進行してくださった座長の皆様に心から感謝いたします。またこのフォーラムは学生を含む多くのボランティアの皆様のご協力で実現いたしました。この場をお借りして、ご支援くださった全ての方々に深くお礼申し上げます。

21世紀は生命科学の世紀という常套句がありますが、事実、我々の生活は生命科学と密接に関わっています。その点で、生命科学分野の研究でいま何が明らかになろうとしているのかを知ること、そして生命科学分野の研究者が医療の現場を含む社会の現状をよく理解することは重要です。そのためには、最新の研究成果や社会のニーズを専門外の人に対しても分かりやすく解説して情報交換する機会が必要なことはもちろんですが、なにより、普段同じ業界の人としか接しない傾向のある私たちにとって、まず異なる分野や業界の人と知り合いになる機会が必要でした。それを実現する一つの方法が、「分野の垣根を超えて人々が集うライフサイエンスフォーラム」の開催であると考えました。

実際、ニューヨークでは各所で日本人の集まりがあるものの、施設や分野を超えた交流の場は限られておりました。研究者を含めた横のつながりを築くには何かきっかけが必要なことは明白でした。ニューヨークには医師や研究者はもちろんのこと、生命科学に関心の高い博学多才な日本人が集まっております。そこで、直接はなかなか会う機会がない人々と出会い、人材や情報の交流のきっかけとなるようなフォーラムの開催を目指しました。前例のない試みであったためほとんど手探りで始まりましたが、関係者の皆様が全面的にご協力くださったおかげで、第一回目となる今回のフォーラムを実現させることができました。

当日はニューヨーク大学のLangone Medical Centerにて、当方の予想をはるかに超える150人以上の参加者が一堂に会しました。片道5時間半を運転してきてくださった講演者や、熱意あふれる高校生のポスター発表者、またこのフォーラムのためにはるばる日本からお越しくださった参加者もいらっしゃいました。分かりやすく作り込まれた興味深い講演やポスターからは、発表者の強いメッセージだけでなく、熱い情熱も伝わってきました。ポスターセッションも、ワイン片手にあちらこちらで熱い議論が展開されたり楽しい会話に花が咲いたりと活気にあふれ、とても印象的なものとなりました。

閉会後、現在までに今回のフォーラムに対する大変多くのコメントが寄せられています。誠にありがとうございます。頂いたアドバイスを次に活かせるよう、しっかりと検討いたします。「ライフサイエンスをキーワードに、様々なバックグラウンドの人が双方向的に最新の情報を交換し、分野を超えて交流できる場」を創ることを目指して今後も改善を続け、会を発展させていきたいと考えております。将来的には、フォーラムが新しく赴任した人達の助けにもなったり、遠方の人達がニューヨークの人に会う機会にもなればと願っております。このフォーラムが少しでも皆様のお役に立ったり、果ては科学技術や社会の発展につながったりすれば、これ以上ない幸せです。

次回は2016年4月9日(土)の開催予定です。ありがたいことに既に4名の方が運営参加を表明してくださいました。運営に興味を持っておられる方、いいアイデアをお持ちの方、ぜひ、運営委員会< This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >までご連絡下さい。より強力になった委員会が運営するJMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016で、また皆様にお会いできますのを楽しみにしております。

フォーラムにご参加くださり、ありがとうございました。最後になりましたが、皆様の今後一層のご健勝とご活躍を心からお祈り申し上げます。

JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 運営委員会

運営委員長 山田 真太郎 

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JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015: A new successful step for JMSA!!

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"Our mission is quite simple. A sincere commitment to advancement in science and medicine."

In New York, we have so many smart people from Japan who study or work in a wide variety of fields. While it seemed a good idea to launch a new academic meeting that provided a new opportunity for Japanese people in New York who are interested in life science, an important question remained. How?

With the strong leadership of the current JMSA president, Dr. Anzai, a highly efficient organizing committee was formed by six talented scientists and a medical student. The time for them to set up a big event was limited- only four months, but they proved that their commitments and efforts were all paid off at the inaugural JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 held at the Smilow Seminar Room of New York University on a beautiful Sunday, April 12, 2015.

More than 150 people attended the forum from a variety of areas, even from Japan! The auditorium was completely packed with scientists, physicians, and many others who are interested in life science. There were nine exciting oral presentations and the topics ranged from career development, to grant applications to latest scientific advancements, all of which were extremely helpful for the audience, and particularly for young trainees. In addition, recent JMSA activities were introduced by Dr. Yanagisawa and a JMSA student representative, Kenji Fujitani. After the oral sessions, poster presentations followed. After careful evaluations by the invited speakers, six outstanding presenters including a high school student were awarded the Best Presentation Award by Dr. Anzai. Among the six recipients, two presenters received tickets for the 2015 JMSA Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 9th  2015. 

"I am very happy and excited with the huge success of this event. I believe that this event will encourage the enhancement of scientific collaboration and friendship between Japanese people who live in the US." said Dr. Shintaro Yamada of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the chief of the organizing committee who is one of the 2015 JMSA Scholarship recipients. “It is crucial to make this an annual premier event for JMSA. It was just a first step but I feel we are making history for the Japanese community in the US.” said Dr. Teruyuki Sano of New York University, a chief of organizing committee-elect for the JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016.

Next year’s JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016 will be held on Saturday April 9th at New York University. Please mark your calendar and we would like to thank everyone for their generous support and hope to see you all next year. We are actively recruiting new committee members for the next years’ event and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in participating in the organizing committee.

The following are the organizing committee members of JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015. Please join us in celebrating their big achievement. Thank you all!!

Shintaro Yamada, PhD - Chief of the committee
Masako Suzuki, PhD - Treasury
Masahiro Sonoshita, PhD - Program
Kenichi Shimada, PhD - Conference room, registration
Masashi Yamaji, PhD - Website
Teruyuki Sano, PhD - Flyer production, Chief-elect for 2016
Yoshiko Toyoda - Student representative
Kimihiko Oishi, MD
Yuzuru Anzai, MD  

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JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Committee thanks all participants of the meeting

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JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 on Sunday, April 12 2015 was a huge success with 152 total attendees. On behalf of JMSA and the JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Committee, we would like to thank all those in participated in the meeting. Particularly, we would like to express special appreciation for the invited speakers, moderators and poster presenters. The following is the list of all the presenters and the award recipients.

Invited speakers:

Kosuke Funato, PhD
Shunichi Homma, MD
Tatsuo Ito, MD, PhD
Masahiro Sonoshita, PhD
Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD, FACS
Naoko Tanese, PhD
Tadakimi Tomita, PhD
Moriya Tsuji, MD, PhD
Masayuki Yazawa, PhD
Norihiro Yumoto, PhD

Poster presenters:

Takayuki Abe
Kiyotake Ishikawa
Kunihiro Uryu
Akinori F. Ebihara
Akihiko Oishi
Takashi Onikubo
Tomoharu Kuboyama
Maiko Kondo
Yuki Saito
Masayuki Sakamoto
Mari Sajo
Junko Shimazu
Tatsuki Sugi
Yoshinori Seki
Toshikazu Takeda
Koki Tohara
Yoshiko Toyoda
Kenneth Ryohei Nakazawa
Tomomi Haremaki
Kenji Fujitani
Kosuke Funato
Naoki Misumida
Yuya Mitsuki
Hajime Murakami
Masashi Yamaji
Tomohiro Yumita

Award recipients:

Akinori F. Ebihara*
Akihiko Oishi
Takashi Onikubo
Masayuki Sakamoto*
Mari Sajo
Masashi Yamaji

*Spring Dinner Awardees

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Steps to Going into College and Medical Fields

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On April 19th, 2015 JMSA held its second panel discussion titled “Steps to Going to College and Medical Fields” as part of the Japanese American Association (JAA) Sakura Health Fair. The aim of the panel discussion was to introduce students to careers in the health professions and provide guidance on how to apply to college and medical school.

The panel featured JMSA physicians and student members with a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine. Panelists included: Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, Dr. Kimihiko Oishi, Dr. Maki Kano, Kenji Fujitani, Alisa Prager, and Yoshiko Toyoda. ‎The event attracted high school students, college students, as well as parents and other members of the Japanese community.

The event started with a presentation on motivations to becoming a physician, the different professions within healthcare, and the requirements to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. Students were also introduced to the new JMSA physician-shadowing program, which provides opportunities for high school, college and medical students to gain exposure to various healthcare fields by shadowing JMSA healthcare providers.

The panelists described their motivations for pursuing medicine and the importance of pursuing one's passions and interests. They answered questions about the college application process and how to do well in college. They also described how to apply to medical school and the several different paths to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. The panel discussion was very successful and JMSA hopes to continue supporting students in their quest to pursue healthcare careers. We hope to repeat the program in the fall this year.

Students who are interested in participating in the JMSA shadowing program can sign up by filling out this form

Healthcare providers, who would be willing to provide shadowing opportunities to students, should fill out this form

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JMSA Health Care Lecture Series: Dr. Maki Kano talks about Adult Preventative Care and Maintenance of Health

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JMSA Health Care Lecture Series
 
Title: Dr. Maki Kano talks about Adult Preventative Care and Maintenance of Health
 
On 4/8, Dr. Maki Kano gave the 35th JMSA healthcare seminar at the Nippon Club on the topic of Adult Preventative Care: how to live a long healthy life. The event was well attended and Dr. Kichemon Asoma introduced Dr. Kano at the beginning of her talk. 
 
Dr. Kano's talk began with pointing out the importance of preventative care and trying to prevent disease vs. receiving treatment for an existing disease. She compared the preventative check up styles between the US and Japan, stating that the US preventative check ups are based on guidelines set by the US Preventative Services Task Force or USPSTF. The US check ups try to cater the physical exam and tests that are ordered based on the patient's individual risk factors , age, and sex. 
 
She mentioned that in order to maintain health, patients need to avoid the top two killers in both Japanese and US society which are cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart attacks and cancers.  Her talk highlighted guidelines given the grade of A or B by the USPSTF to try to prevent cardiovascular disease. She went over guidelines and recommendations regarding assessing one's individual cardiovascular risk index, assessing for obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
 
She also went over the latest cancer screening guidelines for cancers such as lung, colon, breast and cervical cancer.
 
She finished her talk by discussing vaccines that are currently recommended in the U.S. such as pneumovax vaccine for pneumonia, zostrix to prevent shingles, and Tdap to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. She went over age guidelines and the role that these vaccines play for health maintenance.
 
Her lecture ended with a lively discussion amongst the attendees regarding their concerns about health maintenance.
 
Pictures below:
 
 

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