The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (JSHBPS) was founded in 1989 as the first Japan Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery Forum. In 1993, it was renamed to its current name of the JSHBPS, and since then, it has developed considerably as the world’s foremost professional society for hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, with membership numbering 3,524. It is indeed a great honor for our Second Department of Surgery at the Wakayama Medical University to take charge of this 26th Meeting of the JSHBPS, which is a historic and traditional meeting, and on behalf of our school, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all JSHBPS members for being given this opportunity.
The theme for this year’s meeting is “Katsubutsu-Kyuri: Evidence-based HBP Surgery.”
The phrase “katsubutsu-kyuri” means that the true essence and nature of living things, namely patients, can be understood by examining them thoroughly. It refers to the ethos that was handed down as part of the medical education at Shunrinken, a private medical school of Hanaoka Seishu, a great surgeon who was born in Wakayama. Rephrased into modern language, it means that we should discover new evidence by examining patients thoroughly. This theme was chosen because we believe that hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery based on evidence is truly of benefit to patients.
I had often thought that the role of the JSHBPS could be divided into three broad areas: (1) Mastering the “art” of hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery; (2) Nurturing expert hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeons who are truly beneficial for patients by performing very difficult hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery safely and reliably; and (3) Contributing as a leader of the international community by transmitting evidence in hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery from Japan.
It is well known that, in order to achieve these roles, the JSHBPS has made a large contribution to creating surgical techniques that push excision to its limits. Moreover, for the purpose of nurturing outstanding junior surgeons, in 2004, a declaration was made at the 16th Meeting of the JSHBPS in Osaka to establish a Board Certification System for Expert Surgeons. In 2011, the first 12 expert surgeons were certified, followed by 20 in 2012 and 30 in 2013.
For the purpose of transmitting international evidence from the JSHBPS, we have commenced project research, and we also intend to launch joint clinical research between Japan and Korea and between Japan and Taiwan as part of our organization’s further internationalization.
Against this background, our aim for this meeting in Wakayama is to merge outstanding surgical techniques (art) with surgical research (science). This will truly epitomize the “katsubutsu-kyuri” spirit, the main theme of our meeting.
Visiting Wakayama in June you will be greeted by dazzling verdure and abundant bounty from the mountains and sea. We will do our utmost to ensure that, as well as gaining new knowledge at the meeting, you can enjoy the specialties of Wakayama. I look forward to seeing many of you soon.