Hiroto Terashi, President of the Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care
(Professor of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine)
I am Hiroto Terashi from the Department of Plastic Surgery, Kobe University, and it is a great honor to serve as the 7th President of the Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care.
The Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the 19 basic medical specialties of the Japanese Medical Specialty Board, and the Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care has been positioned as a pillar of its subspecialties. Our current active membership counts to be 1,668 as of the beginning of 2021, of which 578 are specialists (initiated in 2011). Although our society is relatively new, having been established in 2008, it has rapidly developed into an academic organization that is responsible for all aspects of wound care, both acute and chronic.
Under an extensive campaign activity, “See a plastic surgeon to treat injuries, wounds, and scars”, May 5 was recently officially registered as a day of commemoration, “Children’s Day is Wound Care Day, too”, by the Japan Anniversary Association. In addition, the mascot character of our society “Naorun” has started its activities since last year, and the “Guidebook for the care of wounds and scars” was also published for the general public. Despite such efforts, it has yet to become known widely to the public that the “onset of injuries and wounds” should be referred to medical attention from a plastic surgeon. I believe that we need to work harder to create a society where people seek medical attention from a plastic surgeon for the treatment of wounds on a routine basis.
Our specific future plans as an inaugural address include the following:
1) Further promoting awareness of “See a plastic surgeon for the care of acute wounds” in addition to the above campaigns
2) Strengthening collaboration with regard to chronic wound care with multiple
professions and departments while placing wound care surgeons as the “core” members
3) Further development of wound care using regenerative medicine
4) Promotion of multicenter collaborative research in the field of wound care
5) Fostering medical specialists to promote the above
I will do my best to work together with the board of directors, trustees, and members of our society. I thank you very much in advance for your support and encouragement.
The official character of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care, “Naorun”, is a fairy who heals wounds.