Inauguration of the New President of the Council
Yuichi Ueda, President,
Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
This year, with the approval of the February meeting of the Council, and of the April meeting of the Board of Trustees, I had the honour of being installed as the seventh President of the Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery―the JSCVS. This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of this society. I am aware that I fall far short of the distinction of the line of respected Presidents who have served before me, and so, with the assistance and cooperation of all members of this Society, I intend to devote my modest abilities wholeheartedly to the Society's work. As General Secretary under the Presidency of Dr. Takamoto, I was an active member of the Council, and I consider that this Society is active, not simply as an academic society acting for its members alone, but as a body serving the needs of society as a whole. After taking over the reins of the JSCVS, I am fully determined both to actively promote the Society's academic work and to encourage further advances in cardiovascular surgical treatment.
As we all know, conditions in society as a whole have been undergoing a transformation since the mid-1990's, and the medical system including cardiovascular surgery has been changing with it. In addition, in the year since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the country has been subjected to great turmoil. I know how, both in the JSCVS and in the whole of Japanese society, people are asking, “How should things be? What needs to be done?” As the Articles of this Society stipulate, ours is an academic body, and we consider our role as a professional society of cardiovascular surgeons to be one of great importance. I therefore believe that we must display an even higher degree of professionalism than we have shown already. This Society has collaborated with the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Japanese Society for Vascular Surgery in creating and promoting the Japanese Board of Cardiovascular Surgery, and I believe that the Society has the duty to play a major role in the training and education of young surgeons aspiring to become professional cardiovascular surgeons. Already, there have been attempts by some young doctors to present their opinions to the Council, and I wish to increase the number of such ideas that actually reach the Council. Furthermore, since it cannot be denied that too much importance is attached in the University to the composition of the Council, I think that it is necessary to have a structure that allows for the processing of opinions and demands from non-university hospitals which are working at the front line of clinical activity and in the training of young surgeons.
Nowadays, thanks to the efforts of many of our predecessors, the operative mortality of cardiovascular surgery is low, but our aim is to find activities in the field of surgical treatment that, through further improvements in the quality of surgery and by the maintenance of patient safety, bring about amelioration of long-term outcome. With regard to possible complications or deaths in the perioperative period, both the patient and the patient's family must be provided with accurate information so that they are able to give their informed consent. The importance of developing a strong and trusting relationship through such communication goes without saying. The foundation upon which every member of the Society bases his or her work is of course the act of tackling the tasks of clinical practice, but, since this is a scientific society, I want to address my efforts to the cultivation of leadership qualities in the medical teaching staff and to the improvement not only of team medical care, but also of the training program.
Under the Presidency of Dr. Takamoto, I have for many years chaired the Quality and Patient Safety Committee, and during that time have been coping as quickly as possible with the problems encountered in cardiovascular surgery. The principal activities were to receive requests from the hospitals concerned, to recommend external Committee members, to have an analysis of the causes and an assessment of quality made from the standpoint of a professional society for cardiovascular surgery. The JSCVS is planning to establish eight centers, one in each of eight subdivisions of Japan, in order to focus mainly on the preservation of patient safety is known to everyone. I am again considering plans for improving the coverage by setting up more subdivisions in neighboring areas to encourage closer contacts and richer interchanges. In addition, together with the provision of safety information, we will endeavor jointly to prevent any recurrence of medical accidents.
As I mentioned earlier, the Society now has a 40-year history as an academic organization, and bears the responsibility to hand over control to members who will guide it into the future. With the growth of the Internet, it has now become possible to obtain a great deal of information even without being present at an annual meeting, but, by attending such a meeting, one may have direct contact and discussions with many other members from all over Japan or even the world, so that the significance of such an annual meeting is the deepening of academic exchange. Moreover, this Society over many years has established an international membership, through the current body, The Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), together with--in Europe and the USA--the European Association For Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
For your information, in 2013, the Congress President of the ASCVTS, Dr Shinichi Takamoto, will hold the ASCTVS congress in Kobe, and it will be greatly appreciated if we can have an excellent turnout of members. Furthermore, I believe that it is essential, at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society, for the Congress Presidents both to maintain ongoing scholarly improvements, and, through ingenious and brilliant planning, to attract as many members as possible.
I earnestly request and sincerely hope for the cooperation and support of all members of the JSCVS.
C.O.O.: Yuichi Ueda, M.D., Ph.D.,
TENRI INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH.
(Affiliated with the Tenriyorozu Sodansho Foundation)