Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery

Annual Meeting
Official Journal

Greetings from the President

Update: January 6, 2017

Masakazu Yamamoto
Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery

   In June of 2016, JSHBPS Board of Directors Meeting was held in Osaka, where I was chosen to serve as the fifth president of this society, assuming Dr. Masaru Miyazaki's office.

    The former body of the Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (JSHBPS) was established in 1989 as a platform for discussions on hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery in Japan. In 1993, the forum was reorganized as the Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery. Two years from now, in 2018, the society will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. At present, we have 3,720 members and are the foremost hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery society in the world.

    Dr. Masaru Miyazaki, the former president, continued the policies inherited from Dr. Tadahiro Takada, the founding president/honorary president. In the four years of his tenure, he globalized the society, taking management of research projects and contributing to the Board certification system for expert surgeon, the Biliary Tract Cancer Registration Project, updating numerous guidelines, and enhancing safety management. I am continuing his mainstay policies. However, I believe that now we need to further our endeavors on safety and education in the field of laparoscopic hepato-pancreatic surgery.

    According to a report from the Safety Management Committee, the achievements in high-level hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeries at the disciplinary facility have been improving these past several years. This, I think, is the result of the reexaminations made by each facility on surgical applications and surgical procedures. These reexaminations review the data collected by each facility based on the disclosed surgical results of the overall network of disciplinary facilities. As of June 2016, we have 643 Board certified instructors (hepatobiliary-pancreatic field) and 185 Board certified expert surgeons (hepatobiliary-pancreatic field) across the nation, who are in the vanguard of hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery. This makes me feel that a system that will be positioned as a global leader is about to emerge.

    As for research, many projects are bearing fruit and are in the stage of documentation. Also, there are international projects in which the data have been collected and, I believe, will be distributed globally from Journal of Hepato-Biliary-pancreatic Sciences (JHBPS). The JSHBPS is now capable of sending its views and perspectives to the world. This, can be looked upon with much pride.

    In 2017, the joint congress of the 6th Biennial Congress of the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pnacreato-Biliary Association (A-PHPBA) and the 29th meeting of the Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (JSHBPS) will be held in Yokohama. From this joint congress onward, the official language of the JSHBPS meetings will be, without exception, English. In 2018, the 30th JSHBPS meeting will be an academic meeting commemorating our 30th anniversary. In the academic meetings, a large number of hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeons will gather from across Asia and other regions to exchange information. I am proud and honored that on these occasions, Japan will be among the leadership in the field.

    The major part of endeavors made by JSHBPS is based on the vision for the future, in the 10-year or even 20-year time frame. We wish to see young hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgeons going far beyond Japan and into the global field. I, along with our newly-selected president, shall aggressively and progressively further advance the JSHBPS. Thank you for the kind support given by councilors and members alike. I ask for your continuing guidance now and in the future.