Depertment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine

About Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Call for 2020 Tohoku University Orthopaedic Visiting Fellows

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan, is inviting four orthopaedic surgeons to our visiting fellowship program. During the two-week program, the fellows are exposed to many kinds of surgeries at our University Hospital and affiliated hospitals.

Two fellows are invited to observe spine surgeries according to the Shoichi Kokubun Spine Fellowship program. The program will be held from November 9th to November 20th, 2020.

Other two fellows are invited observe joint surgeries including shoulder, hip, and knee surgeries. The date of the visit will be decided between September 1st, 2020 and March 1st, 2021 based on discussion with us.

A part of expense for the fellow's transportation, meals, and accommodations will be provided up to 200,000 JPY according to our policy.


The application period is from January 1st to March 31st, 2020.

Application Form ( Word file / 32KB )


Eiji Itoi, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair,

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,

Tohoku University School of Medicine


Tohoku University Orthopaedic Visiting Fellowship information

Tohoku University was founded in 1907 as the third imperial university in Japan. Today, the university is comprised of 10 undergraduate schools, 15 graduate schools, 5 research institutes, and many other educational and research centers and facilities. There are nearly 5,000 faculty and staff members, and 17,000 students on five campuses; of the student body about 3,500 are women and 1,000 international students come from more than 60 countries around the world.


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine was founded in 1942 as the forth imperial department that specialized in the research of bone and joint disease. One of the goals of our department has been to improve the standard of training of young orthopaedic surgeons in the areas of joint surgery, spine surgery and orthopaedics in general. Consequently, a fellowship training program was established by Emeritus Professor Shoichi Kokubun. Two orthopaedic surgeons are invited to this fellowship program every year. The program has gained an impressive national and international reputation for the quality of its training and has trained young surgeons from Asian countries. As partial support for the fellows' travel expenses and accommodations, 200,000 yen is provided.


Clinical Fellowships of 2 week duration are available in joint diseases, joint arthroplasty and spinal surgery. The fellows are assigned to faculty and staff members of our department and respective orthopaedic surgeons in affiliated hospitals during their term and participate in the regular consultation and surgical program including patient examination, interrogation and follow-up, and surgical assistance where accredited.


The following are the surgeons who are part of fellowship program and their specializations


Surgeon Specialty
Professor and Chair
Eiji Itoi, MD, PhD Shoulder, Osteoporosis
Associate Professor
Toshimi Aizawa, MD, PhD Spine
Masami Hosaka, MD, PhD Oncology
Nobuyuki Yamamoto, MD, PhD Shoulder
Munenori Watanuki, MD, PhD Oncology
Haruo Kanno, MD, PhD Spine
Yu Mori, MD, PhD Rheumatology, Osteoporosis
Assistant Professor
Atsushi Takahashi, MD, PhD Knee
Daisuke Chiba, MD, PhD Hip
Taku Hatta, MD, PhD Shoulder
Yoshiyuki Kuwahara, MD, PhD Hip
Masayuki Kamimura, MD, PhD Knee
Emeritus Professor
Shoichi Kokubun, MD, PhD Spine
Clinical Professor
Masahito Hatori MD, PhD Oncology
Yasuhisa Tanaka, MD, PhD Spine
Eiichi Murakami, MD, PhD Spine
Takashi Murakami, MD, PhD Oncology
Shingo Nobuta, MD, PhD Peripheral nerve, Hand
Tokuhisa Sano, MD, PhD Rheumatology
Clinical Associate Professor
Ichiro Hirose, MD, PhD Knee, Traumatology
Hiroo Abe, MD, PhD Traumatology, Infection
Hideki Imaizumi, MD, PhD Spine, Traumatology
Hironori Hyodo, MD, PhD Spine
Shuji Isefuku, MD, PhD Traumatology
Yutaka Koizumi, MD, PhD Spine
Tatsuhiro Ochiai, MD, PhD Pediatric Orthopaedics