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The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
The Department of Surgery in Wakayama Medical University was founded in 1945. In 1956, the Department of Surgery was divided into the Department of First and Second Surgery. In 1971, Naniwa Okada became the first professor of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery separated from the First Surgery Department.
After the retirement of Professor Yasuaki Naito in 2001, Professor Yoshitaka Okamura became the third professor of the department.
Our department consists of the thoracic division and the cardiovascular division.
The cardiovascular surgery division
As the largest cardiovascular center in the prefecture, we provide comprehensive cardiovascular surgical services for patients in all over Wakayama. Our team consists of congenital and adult cardiovascular surgery. The congenital cardiovascular team performs surgical care for children including neonates and infants and young adults. The adult cardiovascular team performs acquired cardiac, aortic and peripheral vascular surgery. Currently we perform 400 operations per year.
The thoracic surgery division
One of our goals is to apply the latest medical technology to clinical treatment. The outcome of chemotherapy based on the histoculture drug response assay in our division, in particularly, is outstanding. We aggressively perform minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. More than 50% of chest operations in our unit are performed with endoscopy. Since 2000, we perform sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer surgery. Currently we perform 450 operations per year.