Professor, International Medical Division Kyushu University Hospital, Japan
Dr Shuji Shimizu, M.D. Ph.D. is a surgeon, having graduated from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He was the Director of the Department of Endoscopic Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and majored in endoscopic surgery. Dr Shimizu is currently the Chairman and Professor of the Department of International Medical Department and is also the Director of the Telemedicine Development Centre of Asia, where for more than a decade he has facilitated a comprehensive telemedicine project between Korea and Japan. This project has widely spread in various Asia-Pacific regions and is expanding globally, collaborating with 685 institutions in 70 countries/regions and having organized over 1000 programs. He has invited more than 400 young doctors and technical staff from all over the world for medical and engineering training as the Director of Overseas Exchange Center. Dr Shimizu organized the Medical Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) in 2005 and has been chairman over a decade. He also started Asia Telemedicine Symposium in 2007 where both doctors and engineers gather to share the information and to find out needs and problems in common.