Greeting Message

Itaru Endo, M.D., Ph.D

Congress Chairman, The 30th Meeting of Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine
Itaru Endo, M.D., Ph.D

I find it a deeply important and sobering experience to assume the heavy responsibility of my official appointment as Chairman of the milestone 30th Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (JSHBPS). It is a great honor for the Department of Gastroenterological Surgery of Yokohama City University School of Medicine to have this chance to organize this historical and traditional meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the directors and councilors who approved this decision.

The JSHBPS has made steady progress. We have launched an English journal, an overseas training system, a system for highly skilled expert surgeons, research projects led by JSHBPS, and other activities too numerous to mention. This is because of medical practices, research, and education that have continued to be developed by numerous hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeons from the Meiji to the Heisei era. I believe that the embodiment of these efforts is today’s JSHBPS. As a result of these continuous efforts, JSHBPS has grown to become the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)’s largest society with the highest number of members in the world.

Thus, the next goal of the world’s preeminent JSHBPS will be to promote globalization, that is, to disseminate these brilliant Japanese surgical techniques, medical practices, and basic research beyond borders to the rest of the world. The 6th Biennial Congress of the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (A-PHPBA2017) (29th JSHBPS), hosted by the Congress Chair, Professor Masakazu Yamamoto, will be conducted entirely in English. Subsequently, the 30th JSHBPS will be put to the test as we aim to be the first meeting in Japan held completely in English. In that sense, we have set the theme of the 30th JSHBPS as “The Second Opening of Japan on the Way to a Bright Future.”

On the first day of the meeting, we have prepared a ceremony to commemorate our 30th anniversary where we would like past founders and presidents to talk about and look back on the hard work in the society’s fledgling stages and the progress made so far, as well prospects for the future. I also believe that we may watch heated discussions between invited guests from overseas and top leaders from Japan on many projects. I hope that we will be able to create an academic program that will be satisfactory for all participants.

Many meetings have been held in Yokohama. We would like to make use of this local advantage and plan a fun social program for all attendees. Heated discussions are an important part of this meeting; however, we would be delighted to also provide you with a chance to heal in an atmosphere of Yokohama that you may have not yet experienced.

We look forward to your participation.

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