Contribution to the national health and welfare
Toshihiro TAKAMI, M.D., Ph.D.
President of Neurospinal Society of Japan June 16th, 2023
I have been appointed as the fifth president of Neurospinal Society of Japan (NSJ). It is a great honor for me to accept the designation of the president of NSJ. I promise that I will do my best for the development of the society.
NSJ started in 1986 as "National study group for neurosurgeons to discuss the spine and spinal cord diseases", and has developed as "Society representing the field of spine and spinal cord surgery in neurosurgical practice". Spine and spinal cord diseases include not only age-related degenerative diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, but also congenital diseases, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, and peripheral nerve diseases. In other words, we comprehensively target the diseases that are directly linked to life-threatening conditions as well as the diseases that affect the quality of life. Although the medical field of spine surgery overlaps between neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, the competition, cooperation, and fusion between them are progressing not only in Japan but also internationally. The strength of neurosurgery is to aim for precise and safe spine surgery based on neurology with considering the global relation of entire muscle and skeleton.
Over the past 30 years, NSJ has not only promoted academic exchanges among neurosurgeons, but also aimed to develop from a research group into an academic organization, strengthened management system, introduced a board certification system, and finally became a general incorporated association of Japan. Furthermore, recently, NSJ is working on clinical research, medical insurance system, and accreditation of subspecialty license certified by the Japan Medical Specialty Board. The mission of NSJ is to advance the neurospine surgery by the hands of neurosurgeons through education, research, advocacy, and outcome assessment, and finally to contribute to the national health and welfare. NSJ will continue to take on these challenges. I sincerely appreciate for your continued support.
This society was established by neurosurgeons who were engaged in the surgical treatment of the spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves in Showa 61 (1986) in order to advance the field and to improve our knowledge and skills. The society is approved as a satellite society of the Japan Neurosurgical Society. The total number of members is more than 1,200, and 41 hospitals across Japan are registered as certified training facilities in Heisei 28 (2016).
The main activities of the society include holding annual academic meetings, management of the board certification system for spinal surgeons and spinal surgeon-instructors, publishing academic journals, and delivering education to the general public through the society’s website and lectures that are open to the public. Through these efforts, we are striving to improve our knowledge and skills so we can contribute to the health and welfare of patients.
The goal of this society is to contribute to the health and welfare of the general public by promoting the advancement of neurosurgery through academic communication among members about disease of the spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.
Nihon Sekizuigeka Kenkyukai (Japanese Society of Spinal Surgery) was established in Showa 61 (1986) by Prof. Akira Hakuba of Osaka Shiritsu University to meet the demand for a society to discuss disease of the spine and spinal cord in order to make spinal surgery a larger subspecialty of neurosurgery in Japan. Founding members comprised Akira Hakuba, Hiroshi Abe, Satoru Kadoya, Chikao Nagashima, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Masamichi Tomonaga, and Kenzo Yada. The society changed its name to Nihon Sekizui Gekagakkai in Heisei 13 (2001). The Board of Directors system was introduced in Heisei 17 (2005). The society obtained legal status of a general incorporated association in Heisei 23 (2011).
Honorary Members: 14
Certified Spine Surgeons: 444
Certified Spine Surgeon-Instructors: 114 (6 instructors emeritus)
Certified Training Facilities: 48
(Numbers as of June 1, 2018)
Phyo Kim Department of Neurologic Surgery, Dokkyo Medical University
Hajime Arai Department of Neurosurgery, Juntendo University
Kazunori Arita Department of Neurosurgery, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medicine
Shinji Imae Imae Clinic
Kenji Ohata Department of Neurosurgery, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine
Toshiki Kawamoto Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Teishin Hospital
Kyongsong Kim Department of Neurosurgery, Chiba Hokuso Hospital, Nippon Medical School
Eiji Kohmura Department of Neurosurgery, Kobe University School of Medicine
Izumi Koyanagi Hokkaido Neurosurgical Memorial Hospital
Manabu Sasaki Department of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, Iseikai Hospital
Nobuyuki Shimokawa Department of Neurosurgery, Tsukazaki Hospital
Taku Sugawara Department of Spinal Surgery, Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels Akita
Shinsuke Suzuki Department of Neurosurgery, Sendai Medical Center
Toshitaka Seki Department of Neurosurgery, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
Toshiyuki Takahashi Spinal Disorders Center, Fujieda Heisei Memorial Hospital
Masakazu Takayasu Department of Neurosurgery, Aichi Medical Hospital
Satoshi Tani Department of Neurosurgery, Jikei University School of Medicine
Makoto Taniguchi Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Metropolitan Neurological Hospital
Teiji Tominaga Department of Neurosurgery, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
Hiroyuki Nakase Department of Neurosurgery, Nara Medical University School of Medicine
Masahito Hara Department of Neurosurgery, Inazawa Municipal Hospital
Minoru Hoshimaru Shin-ai Spine Center
Kazutoshi Hida Department of Neurosurgery, Sapporo Azabu Neurosurgical Hospital
Akira Matsumura Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba
Junichi Mizuno Center for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital
Masaki Mizuno Department of Neurosurgery, Mie University School of Medicine
Yasuyuki Miyoshi Department of Neurosurgery, Kawasaki Medical University Medical Center
Nobuhito Morota Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center
Muneyoshi Yasuda Department of Neurological Surgery, Ichinomiya-Nishi Hospital
Satoshi Yamaguchi Department of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Hideaki Iizuka Department of Neurosurgery, Kanazawa Medical University
Yukoh Ohara Department of Spinal Surgery, Shin-Yurigaoka General Hospital