President Greetings

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will be held between Wednesday April 8 and Friday 10, 2020 at the Nagoya Congress Center. At the start of Japan’s new Reiwa era, the year 2020 will also see the Olympic Games come to Japan after an interval of 56 years. The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, as well as the members of our alumni association, are honored to host the meeting in this auspicious year.

The first meeting of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was sponsored by the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Tokyo in 1958. Since then, we have seen steady progress with increasing specialty. In the early years, our society was headed by professors in various fields, including orthopedics, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, and oral surgery, showing that we have grown and evolved with the cooperation of many clinical departments. Against this background, some fields, like skin transplantation and suturing techniques, have remained constant, while other fields such as reconstructive surgery, vacuum-assisted closure therapy, and lymphedema treatment have made remarkable advances. Yet other fields are expected to undergo development based on new technologies, including simulation, navigation, and robot-assisted surgery. Looking at the activities of our society as a whole, we are keenly aware of dramatic changes, including participation in the National Clinical Database (NCD) registration system, reformation of the board-certified surgeon system, and conclusion of a memorandum of understanding with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The meeting will focus on the main theme "Invariance and Revolution" to examine the discipline of plastic and reconstructive surgery from the high-level perspectives of "what should be maintained" and "what should be newly developed." It will provide an excellent opportunity for discussing the direction of our ever-evolving discipline to provide the foundation for the next generation.

All the members of our department will make utmost effort to ensure the success of the meeting in April next year. I look forward to welcoming you in Nagoya.

Yuzuru Kamei

Congress President

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Professor

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

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