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Message from Director

Director Yasuyuki Set

Striving to Deliver Better Medical Care


Thank you for visiting the University of Tokyo Hospital website.

The University of Tokyo Hospital was originally established in 1858 as the Kanda Otamagaike Vaccination Center, which, after a series of name and organizational changes, was newly built in the former Kagahan residence area in Hongo Motofuji-cho in 1876 and renamed the University of Tokyo Hospital the following year. The hospital has thus a long history of more than 160 years and is now one of Japan’s leading university hospitals. Since the early days of modern medicine in Japan, the University of Tokyo Hospital has fostered countless distinguished healthcare professionals, contributing to the development of medicine and medical care as well as medical education. It goes without saying that university hospitals have three missions: medical care, education, and research. In pursuit of these missions, the University of Tokyo Hospital upholds the philosophy of “contributing to the advancement of clinical medicine and the cultivation of healthcare professionals in order to provide each patient with the optimal medical care.” To fulfill this vision, the hospital aims to (1) Provide medical care in partnership with the patients, (2) Provide safe medical care, (3) Develop advanced medical technology, and (4) Cultivate excellent healthcare professionals.

Today, the hospital annually cares for a total of 580,000 outpatients (2,374 a day on average) and 320,000 inpatients (880 a day on average), and annually performs about 10,000 surgeries, a figure that puts it around the top place among national university hospitals. Sustaining our all-encompassing medical care services are a total of around 4,000 staff members engaged in a variety of roles, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, registered dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, clinical radiologists, clinical laboratory technicians, clinical engineers, and administrative staff. We will continue to step up our commitment in the areas of perinatal care, pediatric services, transplantation therapy, cancer care, intensive care for critical cases, and treatment of intractable diseases, which have been and will be the areas where we play significant roles. Furthermore, as a bastion of advanced medical care, we are determined to further contribute to community-based medical care. The University of Tokyo Hospital has been certified as an Advanced Treatment Hospital (87 facilities nationwide) that provides advanced medical care, a Clinical Research Core Hospital (14 hospital nationwide) that promotes high-quality clinical research, and as a Core Hospital for Cancer Genomic Medicine (12 hospitals nationwide). In 2021, Newsweek magazine ranked us as the best hospital in Japan and 16th in the world in its World’s Best Hospitals list. We are honored to receive such recognition. This is proof that we are providing medical care of the highest level not only in Japan but also in the world, through the comprehensive strength and team-based medicine of the hospital as a whole, even in terms of the daily medical care achieved by all staff members working together. All our efforts are based on a strong desire to put the patient first and to achieve better medical care.

The University of Tokyo Hospital has been certified as an advanced treatment hospital (one of 86 nationwide) in recognition of its capacity to provide advanced medical care, develop advanced medical technology, and offer training on advanced medical care. In addition, the hospital has also been authorized as a core clinical research hospital (one of 12 nationwide) under the Medical Care Act, in view of its central roles played in international-standard clinical studies and trials aimed at promoting high-quality clinical research, a prerequisite for developing innovative pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Furthermore, the hospital has also been designated as a core hospital for cancer genomic medicine (one of 11 nationwide), a critically important field in cancer care going forward. While assuming such distinctive roles, we also take pride in delivering world-class medical care in our daily encounters with patients by harnessing our team-based medical care approach and consolidated expertise drawn from all departments and divisions across the entire hospital. Our foremost priority is to put patients first, with our commitment directed toward providing better medical care.

The onslaught of the Novel Coronavirus that has gripped the world since early 2020 is still ongoing. We have not had any cases of hospital-acquired infections that have affected our medical care. This is only possible with adequate infection control measures taken by all employees and the understanding and cooperation of patients. We will continue to fulfill our role as a university hospital. We apologize for any inconveniences, and we thank you for your understanding.

In order to achieve better medical care, it is not enough to look at things from the medical side. We have received many comments from patients and their families in the past. We have received compliments and words of appreciation, but also criticism. Both are valuable to us and we need to reflect them back to our practice. Please do share your frank opinions with us to help us continue to move forward toward achieving better medical care.

April 2021

Director Yasuyuki Seto


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