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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 School of Medicine affiliated Hospital the following year. The institution thus has a long history of 160 years and is 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. University hospitals, needless to say, have three missions: medical care, education, and research. In pursuit of these missions, the University of Tokyo Hospital upholds the basic philosophy of “contributing to the advancement of clinical medicine and the cultivation of healthcare professionals in order to provide each patient with the best 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 700,000 outpatients (2,900 a day on average) and 360,000 inpatients (980 a day on average), and annually performs over 11,000 surgeries, one of the highest figures among national university hospitals. Sustaining our all-encompassing medical care services are a total of 4,000 staff members engaged in a variety of roles, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, registered dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, clinical radiologists, clinical laboratory technicians, clinical engineers, and administrative staff. Patients discharged from this hospital are of diverse ages, ranging from very young patients aged between zero and nine, accounting for 7% of all patients, to elderly patients over 80 years of age, accounting for 13%, which testifies to how deeply rooted the hospital is in its local community. We will continue to step up our commitment in the areas of perinatal care, pediatric services, transplantation therapy, cancer care, and intensive care for critical cases, which have been and will be the areas where we play significant roles. Furthermore, we must also strengthen our initiatives in addressing illnesses unique to older patients, given the progressive aging of our society.

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.

To achieve better medical care, we need to take a broader perspective beyond that of healthcare providers. We have received voluminous feedback from patients and families in the form of praise and appreciation as well as criticism. Both favorable and unfavorable feedback is of immense value to us and needs to be incorporated at the relevant point of care. We humbly ask for your frank opinions, which will help the hospital broaden its perspective and make progress toward delivering better medical care.

Director Yasuyuki Seto       


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