The first stop on the 1996 Kashiwagi-Suzuki Traveling Fellowship in April was the 69th annual meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association in Tokyo where four Academy fellows learned about the state-of-the-art in Japanese orthopaedic subspecialty areas.
John P. Dormans, MD, chief, division of orthopaedic surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, University of Pennsylvania, said the meeting included numerous papers, lectures and courses. Joining him were Edward Diao, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, University of California, San Francisco, and chief of hand and microvascular service, UCSF; John G. Heller, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, Emory University, Atlanta; and David F. Martin, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, Bowman Gray University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
They visited eight universities in Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, Lyoto, Nara and Sapporo where faculty members discussed their science and culture. Dr. Dormans said, "the Japanese have a very high level of orthopaedic surgery care, especially in the area of spinal surgery and musculoskeletal oncology." The activity in basic science and clinical research also was impressive, he said.
"We realized early in our fellowship that the Japanese-American exchange of ideas is essential for advances in orthopaedic surgery," Dr. Dormans said.
The fellows also visited hospitals and other institutions and met with Emeritus Professor Kashiwagi, the founder of the fellowship. "We learned a great deal about the origins of Japanese orthopaedics and the important contributions he has made to the growth and development of orthopaedic surgery in Japan," Dr. Dormans said.
Meeting with Prof. Kashiwagi, center, founder of the Kashiwagi-Suzuki Traveling Fellowship, are Academy fellows, from left Edward Diao, MD; John G. Heller, MD; David Martin, MD; and John P. Dormans, MD.