Takashi Suda, MD

Fujita Health University School of Medicine, Toyoake, Japan

Dr. Takashi Suda is a graduate of Fujita Health University. He received training in Thoracic Surgery at Fujita Health University Hospital. He was a Research Fellow in G. Alexander Patterson’s laboratory at Washington University from 1998 to 2001. After completing years working in Washington University joined the faculty at Fujita Health University Hospital and is currently an Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Fujita Health University located in Toyoake, Japan. 

His specialty is a minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer and mediastinal tumor. He conducted clinical research regarding the application of Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robot-assisted surgery, and assertively establish new surgical techniques. He started using VATS to treat primary lung cancer in January 2004 and to treat thymoma in 2005. He was one of the early Japanese advocates of video assisted surgical techniques to treat primary lung cancer and thymoma. In 2007, He devised VATS to treat malignant mesothelioma, which has become a societal problem, and was the first to be successful in the world. He performed the da Vinci robotic surgery for the lung cancer patient in 2009. It was the first case in Japan. In 2012, He developed single-incision thymectomy using a subxiphoid approach, which is thymectomy performed through a single 3-cm long incision in the abdomen to treat thymoma and myasthenia gravis. In addition, in February 2014, He devised a method for using a subxiphoid approach with a da Vinci robot to perform thymectomy. All of these important innovations have been described in an excellent series of manuscripts authored by Dr. Suda. He is an innovator in surgical management of lung cancer and diseases of the thymus.