Greetings from the President:
"When Hurt, Go See Your Plastic Surgeon:
Aiming for Broader Public Acceptance of Plastic Surgery"
Yuhei Yamamoto, MD, PhD,
President of the Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care
Professor, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,
Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University
I recently had the honor of being appointed the sixth president of the Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care, whose aim it is to foster specialists in the treatment of both wounds and scarring. Together with our mission of promoting basic and clinical research into wound science, as a subspecialty of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (a two-tiered organization), we also have as one of our important aims the advancement of widespread understanding and recognition of plastic surgery among the general public in Japan.
The third general assembly and academic conference held in 2011, which I had the pleasure of presiding over as president, had as its theme, "Professional wound-healers: the plastic surgeon's mission of optimizing aesthetic outcomes in wounding healing and treating recalcitrant wounds." In recent years, the emergence of various new topical medications, wound dressings, negative pressure wound therapy, and other novel techniques, in addition to the progress being made in plastic surgery techniques, have given impetus to our efforts and attracted the attention of younger plastic surgeons and the sponsorship of numerous corporations to our society. As a result, I am glad to say that we have made considerable progress toward our aims.
With the future of our society firmly in mind, starting this term we have appointed younger surgeons in their 40's and 50's to serve on our board, thus increasing the total membership of the board to eighteen. We have also established three new committees-- Scientific Committee, International Committee, and Medical Safety Committee--to create an even better team.
Last year, thanks to the very effective campaign headed by the fifth president of our society, Dr. Kensuke Kiyokawa, May 5 was officially registered as "Wound Care Day." It is my hope that, going forward, we will be able to promote this day, which coincides with the traditional Children's Day holiday, as "Wound Care Day is Kid-care Day, too" throughout Japan. The board of directors, trustees, and members of our society will do their utmost to make it perfectly natural, one day, for moms to take their kids to the local plastic surgeon for the treatment of even the slightest wounds.
Thank you for your attention. I look forward to working with you all in the days ahead.