Hiroo Suami received his medical degree in 1991 and training as a plastic surgeon in Japan. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from Keio University, and he was certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery of the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999. He wanted to expand his research career and thus went to the Jack Brockhoff Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Research Unit in Melbourne, Australia, as a Visiting Scientist in 2001. He was particularly interested in the anatomy of the lymphatic system and chose this topic as a project. His microsurgical skills allowed him to develop a novel method for demonstrating the lymphatic system in a cadaver in 2003. For this work, he was awarded the Basic Science Senior Award from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in the United States in 2005. To further apply his background and expertise in the clinical and basic science principles of cancer treatment, microsurgery, and lymphatic anatomy, he joined the Department of Plastic Surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Program Coordinator in January 2009. He became an Assistant Professor (Research, in 2010). He remains as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Okayama University in Japan. Understanding the anatomy of the lymphatic system is of paramount importance to understanding the possible pathways and direction of cancer cell spread and possible sites where lymph nodes can arrest cells’ progress so that they can be treated appropriately by surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.
Biography Updated on 12 June 2012