Kyoji Hirai, MD

Department of thoracic surgery, Nippon Medical School Chiba Hokusoh Hospital, Chiba, Japan

Dr. Kyoji Hirai graduated from Nippon Medical School. He is a pioneer of uniportal VATS in Japan. He plays an important role together with Dr. Morikawa in spreading uniportal VATS in Japan.

Dr. Hirai has multidiscipline achievements on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury related to heart implantation and cell adhesion molecules, matrix protease and tumor neovascularization relevant to cancer development and invasion. He received some honors and awards including a Maruyama Memorial Grant, Kato Memorial Bioscience Grant and Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research.

Dr. Hirai is a councilor of the Japanese Thoracic Association for chest Surgery, Japan Surgical Society, Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery and a member of International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and a member of American Association for Cancer Research.