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director Keizo Fukumoto, M.D., Ph.D. Director
The Saitama Hand Surgery Institute is a specialized institute for hand surgery, established by the honorary director, Tadao Kojima in 1997.
Our founding motto is " Feet rooted in the community, eyes focused on the world, and hands reaching for patients ". The hands are an elaborated body part consisting of various tissue, including skin, nerves, vessels, tendons, bones, and joints. Appropriate treatment of the hand requires specialist knowledge and techniques of orthopedics, plastic surgery and peripheral neuro surgery along with anatomy.
While treatments of hand surgery are mostly conducted by an orthopedic surgeon in Japan, we offer collaborative treatments by a plastic surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. This is one of our features. Over 23,000 operations have been performed during the 19 years since the foundation, and approximately 40 doctors, some of whom were from abroad, received trainings from us to start out.
We continue to contribute to patients' happiness and the development of society through treatment of the hands.

EDUCATION:

He resolved to major in plastic surgery in order to be a hand surgeon when he was studying at the Jikei University School of Medicine, where he met Dr. Eiji Marumo, who was the first professor of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery and performed operations for congenital hand deficiencies. After becoming a resident of plastic surgery in 1986, he trained himself as hand surgeon under the direction of Dr. Tadao Kojima, the second professor of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery, who was honoured as "Pioneer of Hand Surgery" by International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in 2004. In 1988 he joined the plastic surgery faculty at the Jikei University Hospital. In 1990 he became a research fellow of Texas University Health Science Center at San Antonio and studied about the anatomy of the wrist joint. He became assistant professor of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery in 1995.
He has devoted himself to hand surgery at Saitama Hand Surgery Institute since 2000 and he became the head of the Institute in 2012 to guide the clinical staffs and fellows. The fields in which he is most concerned are "congenital malformation of the upper extremity", "soft tissue reconstruction of the hand", "osteoarthritis of the hand", "peripheral nerve" and so on.

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand

OFFICIAL POSITION:

Delegate of Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand,
Councilor of Japanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Councilor of the Japanese Teratology Society, etc.

MEMBERSHIP in OTHER RELATED PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Honorary Member of Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand, International Member of American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Japanese Society of Micro Surgery, Japan Elbow Society, etc.

MAJOR PUBLICATIONS:

  • Complications of the open carpal tunnel release and its treatment. J MIOS 1996; 1:13-8.
  • Classification and treatment for congenital hand deficiencies with syndactyly. J. East Jpn. Orthop. Traumatol. 2005; 17:564-9.
  • Treatment for traumatic finger nail deformities. PEPARS 2010; 44:27-34.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute tendon injuries. Jpn. J. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2011; 54:731-741.
  • Treatment of Dupuytren's contracture. PEPARS 2012; 66:61-6.
  • Tenovaginotomy for trigger finger. Orthopaedic Surgical Technique 2013; 3: 86-90.
  • Heberden's node. Today's Therapy. Edition 2013, pp.938, Igakushoin, Tokyo, 2013.
  • Flap surgery for thumb reconstruction. MB Orthop. 2013; 26:69-73.
  • Congenital hand malformations. Today's clinical support. Elsevier Japan KK, Tokyo, 2013: https://clinicalsup.jp/jpoc/searchDetails.aspx?diseaseid=1925
  • Cleft hand. Orthoplastic Surgery. pp.106-109, Kokuseido, Tokyo, 2013.
Introduction by the Vice Director
加藤 直樹 Dr. Naoki Kato
I have engaged in treatments and studies in the orthopedic field, especially hand surgery and peripheral nerve surgery, at the National Defense Medical College and Saitama Medical University. In April 2013, I took the post of vice director at the Saitama Hand Surgery Institute with a strong intention to develop the field of hand surgery through continued study. We, as a specialized institute for hand surgery, will strive to provide better medical services by combining technology with knowledge of orthopedics and plastic surgery.

EDUCATION:

MD / National Defense Medical College / 1994
PhD / National Defense Medical College / 2006

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Japanese Board of Hand Surgery

FELLOWSHIP & STUDY ABROAD:

Visiting Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UK, 2004 - 2005
Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand / American Society for Surgery of the Hand Traveling Fellow, 2013

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Dept. of Orthop., National Defense Medical College Hospital (1994-1998)

Resident of Hand Surgery:

Dept. of Orthop., National Defense Medical College Hospital (1998-2000)

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand Surgeon:

Dept. of Orthop., Japan Self Defense Force Yokosuka Hospital (2000-2001)
Dept. of Orthop., National Defense Medical College Hospital (2001-2004)

Assistant Professor:

Dept. of Orthop., National Defense Medical College Hospital (2005-2006)
Dept. of Orthop., Saitama Medical University Hospital (2006-2013)

Vice-Director:

Saitama Hand Surgery Institute, Saitama Seikeikai Hospital (2013-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Orthopaedic Association, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand,
Japanese Peripheral Nerve Society, Japan Shoulder Society,
Japanese Elbow Society, British Society for Surgery of the Hand,
International Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand

HONOR & AWARDS:

The grant for research abroad (12th), Nakayama Foundation for Human Science, 2003
The grant for research abroad (16th), The Nakatomi Foundation, 2004
The grant for research abroad (20th), The Nakatomi Foundation, 2008
Japan Orthopaedics and Traumatology Foundation, 2009
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 2008-2012

MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Peripheral nerve surgery, Reconstructive surgery of hand

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Toxic shock syndrome after a closed comminuted fracture surgery at the distal end of the humerus. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 1999; 8: 165-169.
  • Multiple neurilemomas of the median and ulnar nerves with a communicating branch in the same upper extremity: A case report. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg. 2002; 36: 314-315.
  • Primary repair of the collateral ligament of the proximal interphalangeal joint using a suture anchor. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg. 2003; 37: 117-120.
  • Efficient gene transfer from innervated muscle into rat peripheral and central nervous systems using a nonviral HVJ (Hemagglutinating Virus of Japan)-liposome method. J Neurochemistry. 2003; 85 (3): 810-815.
  • Nonviral gene transfer of human hepatocyte growth factor improves streptozotocin-induced diabetic neuropathy in rats. Diabetes. 2005; 54(3): 846-854.
  • The Effects of early exploration on the relief of neuropathic pain following brachial plexus injuries - A review of 148 cases. J. Bone Joint Surg (Br) 2006; 88 (6): 756-759.
  • Peripheral nerve palsies associated with closed fractures and dislocations. Injury 2006; 37: 507-512.
  • Useful MRI assessment for bowstringing of the flexor tendon following trigger finger release. J. Orthopaedic Science 2012: 19(1); 186-189.
  • Simultaneous modified Camitz opponensplasty using a pulley at the radial side of the flexor retinaculum in severe carpal tunnel syndrome. J. Hand Surg. (E). 2013: 39; 632-636.
  • Critical role of p38 MAPK for regeneration of the sciatic nerve following crush injury in vivo. J. Neuroinflammation 2013: [Epub ahead of print]
  • Suspension arthroplasty for old fracture-dislocations of the fifth carpometacarpal joint. Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. 2016; Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Regular Staff
小平 聡 Dr. Satoshi Kodaira
I will strive to provide medical care aiming to meet the functional and cosmetic requirements of all patients.

EDUCATION:

MD/ Tokyo Medical and Dental University/ 2003

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Hand Surgery, Japanese Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Dept. of plastic surgery, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (2003-2006)

Resident of Hand Surgery:

Saitama Hand Surgery Institute (2006-2008)

Plastic Surgeon:

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (2008-2011)

Plastic Surgeon, Assistant lecturer:

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (2011-2012)

Staff, Hand Surgeon:

Saitama Hand Surgery Institute (2012-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Reconstruction (skin, tendon, nerve, bone, joint, finger), Microsurgery,
Contracture (traumatic, burn, congenital), Congenital anomaly (hand, foot).

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Experience of 17 cases of Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome. J Jpn Soc Surg Hand. 2007; 24: 185-188.
  • Palmar cutaneous branch and anatomic variation in open carpal tunnel release. J Jpn Soc Surg Hand. 2009; 25: 845-848.
  • Abductor pollicis longus suspension arthroplasty for thumb carpometacarpal joint arthritis. Bone Joint Nerve 2013; 3: 331-335.
  • Middle term result and complications of modified Mathoulin procedure for thumb carpometacarpal joint arthritis. J Jpn Soc Surg Hand. 2013; 30: 260-262
  • Brachymetatarsia of the 4th toe. Orthoplastic Surgery 2013:162-165
  • Postoperative congestion and sensory recovery of reverse digital artery island flap with or without venous anastomosis. Jpn J Plast Surg 58(1), 85-89, 2015
  • Result of reverse digital artery flap. J Jpn Soc Surg Hand 31(6), 1-3, 2015
酒井 伸英 Dr. Nobuhide Sakai

EDUCATION:

MD/ Jikei University/ 2002

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Dept. of Orthop. Surg., Jikei University Hospital (2002-2005)

Orthopaedic Surgeon:

Jikei Kashiwa University Hospital (2005-2007)
Kanagawa Rehabilitation Training Hospital (2007-2008)
Atsugi Municipal Hospital (2008-2010)
Dept. of Orthop. Surg., Jikei University Hospital (2010-2012)
Jikei Kashiwa University Hospital (2012-2014)
Resident of Hand Surgery: Saitama Hand Surgery institute (2014-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Orhopaedic Association, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand,
Japanese Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery,
Japanese Elbow Society

MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Replantation of finger amputation, arthroscopic surgery, hand osteoarthrosis

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Nobuhide Sakai. Radiology investigation of Heberden nodes. J Jpn Soc Surg Hand. 32(2): 136-139, 2015.
Hand Surgery Fellowship
大塚 純子 Dr. Junko Otsuka

EDUCATION:

MD/Gifu University/2007

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Japan Red Cross Nagoya Daiichi Hospital (2007-2009)

Orthopaedic Surgeon:

Japan Red Cross Nagoya Daiichi Hospital (2009-2014)
General Inuyama Chuo Hospital (2014-2015)

Resident of Hand Surgery:

Niigata Hand Surgery Foundation (2015)
Saitama Hand Surgery Institute (2016-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Japanese Society of Surgery of Hand
Japanese Elbow Society
野村 英介 Dr. Eisuke Nomura

EDUCATION:

MD/ Saitama Medical University/2008

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Dept. of Orthop. Surg., Saitama Medical Hospital (2008-2010)

Orthopaedic Surgeon:

Dept. of Orthop. Surg., Saitama Medical Center(2010-2012)
Sekishindo Hospital (2012-2013)
Kamifukuoka General Hospital (2013-2014)
Musashino General Hospital (2014-2015)
Sekishindo Hospital (2015-2016)

Resident of Hand Surgery:

Saitama Hand Surgery Institute (2016-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Orhopaedic Association
Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
Eastern Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
Japanese Society for Fracture Repair
Japanese Elbow Society
窪 昭佳 Dr. Akiyoshi Kubo

EDUCATION:

MD/ Hirosaki University/2008

BOARDS & CERTIFICATION:

Japanese Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Resident:

Saku central Hospital (2007-2009)

Plastic Surgeon:

Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital (2009-2010)
National Hospital Organization Disaster Medical Center (2010-2012)
Saku Central Hospital (2012-2014)
Saku Central Hospital Advanced Care Center (2014-2017)

Resident of Hand Surgery:

Saitama Hand Surgery Institute (2017-present)

MEMBERSHIPS:

Japanese Society of Surgery of Hand
Japanese Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
International Hand Surgery Fellowship
Abigail Samonte Garcia Dr. Abigail Samonte Garcia

EDUCATION:

De La Salle University (1998-2003)
Our Lady of Fatima University-College of Medicine (2004-2008)

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS:

Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (2008-2009)
East Avenue Medical Center (2012-2015)