JMSA held its 43rd Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club overlooking Central Park in New York City. The society was delighted to accommodate over 200 guests, including JMSA board members, healthcare professionals, scholarship recipients, students, and sponsors at the event.
The night began with a cocktail reception, followed by the dinner. Entertainment was provided by the Kay Matsukawa Quartet. Dr. Maki Kano and Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, co-chairs of the event, addressed the guests with opening remarks. Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, current president of JMSA, then continued to welcome guests, and proceeded to govern the voting of the 2015 JMSA Slate. The society is especially grateful for Mr. Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York for his attendance and speech. JMSA scholarship awards were then presented by Dr. Robert Yanagisawa. Dr. Shintaro Yamada, scholarship recipient and the organizer of the recent JMSA New York Life Science Forum, gave a presentation of the forum. Dr. Takeshi Kanno of Tohoku University, chosen as one of the "100 most influential people in the world" by Time Magazine for his work immediately after the Earthquake in 2010, was introduced by Dr. Kamal Ramani. Dr. Kanno gave a speech thanking JMSA for the support of Tohoku area.
Overall, the JMSA 43rd Annual Spring Dinner was a tremendous success, and the society would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who attended, supported, and promoted the event. The society is grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by our sponsors, benefactors, and donors whom make JMSA events and scholarships possible.
List of 2015 Scholarship Recipients (Alphabetical):
Christina Anderson (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai MPH Program)
Daniel Ebner (Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
Kenji Fujitani (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Michael Hurley (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Mika Ito MD (Pediatric Resident at Maimonides Medical Center)
Kathryn Iwata (NYU School of Medicine)
Joji Kohjima (Rush Medical College)
Jiae Lee (SUNY Downstate College of Medicine)
Ayumi Maeda MD (Anesthesiology Resident at Mass. General Hospital)
Clair Mann (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Naoka Murakami MD (Medicine Resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
Kenny Nakazawa (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Priscilla Sugianto (Stanford University School of Medicine)
Fumitaka Sugiuchi (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Kaoru Takasaki (Yale University School of Medicine)
Yoshiko Toyoda (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Shintaro Yamada PhD (Post-Doctorate Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering)
Platinum: Delta Air Lines; ITO EN (North America); Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); Mitsui & Co. (USA)
Gold: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; Yuzuru Anzai, M.D.; Shunichi Homma, M.D.
Silver: Asahi Kasei America; Hamilton-Madison House; Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.; Nippon Life Insurance Co. of America; Yoshifumi Naka, M.D.; Mitsugu Shimmyo, M.D.
Donors to the JMSA General Charitable Fund:
Platinum: ITO EN (North America)
Bronze: NHK Cosmomedia America; Nishioka Charitable Foundation; Hiroshi Nakazawa, M.D.; Mitsugu Shimmyo, M.D.; Robert Yanagisawa, M.D.
Donors to Japanese Outreach Program (JCOP):
Platinum: ITO EN (North America)
Gold: Nippon Life Insurance Co. of America; Toyota Motor North America
Silver: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America
Bronze: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal USA; Sojitz Corporation of America
Donors to the Scholarship Fund:
Platinum: Honjo Foundation, Japan; Mitsui USA Foundation; Nishioka Charitable Foundation
Gold: Satoru Murase; Nippon Life Insurance Co. of America; Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Silver: J.C.C. Fund
Bronze: Karen Kling, M.D.
Donors to the Japan Relief Program:
Platinum: American Airlines, Inc. Kids in Needs Program; Japan Society; US-Japan Foundation