Fox Chase Cancer Center Hosts Japanese Visiting Surgeon on Society of Surgical Oncology Traveling Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA (April 9, 2019) – Tomoki Makino, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of gastrointestinal surgery at Osaka University in Japan, spent the first week of April learning about the American surgical system as a visiting surgeon at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Makino came to Fox Chase on a travel fellowship via the International Career Development Exchange, a program of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).

Dr. Reddy with visiting surgeon, Dr. Tomoki Makino and his wife, Dr. Saho Makino

“Hosting Dr. Makino for the week was a great honor for our cancer center, and for me individually,” said Sanjay Reddy, MD, FACS, an attending surgeon at Fox Chase. “I was grateful for the opportunity to show him our practice and hospital, and to compare oncologic surgery here and in Japan.”

During five days immersed with Reddy through his surgeries, rounds, and clinical work, Makino observed several complex surgeries, and met with the thoracic and gastrointestinal surgical teams to learn about their approaches. This is the first time the SSO has selected Fox Chase as the host institution for the international exchange program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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