Professor and Chairman
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I
Chief of Nanakuri Memorial Hospital
Yohei Otaka, MD, PhD

Contributing to the world with medicine for human activity

In the past half century, the life expectancy of human beings has increased by more than 30 years. Accordingly, we are facing obstacles in our basic human activities, such as walking (gait disorders), eating (dysphagia), and thinking (dementia). Medicine is now faced with a great challenge of providing solutions to these new issues, which have never been experienced by mankind before. How can we achieve well longevity with well-being? Rehabilitation medicine, which takes “activity” between pathology and society as its perspective, continues to tackle this proposition head-on as “medicine for human activity” and continues to challenge it.

Fujita Health University has several rehabilitation-related departments: the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine II at Fujita Health University Nanakuri Memorial Hospital, two endowed Departments, one collaborative research department, the Faculty of Rehabilitation, each rehabilitation department in five teaching hospitals (Fujita Health University Hospital, Fujita Health University Nanakuri Memorial Hospital, Fujita Health University Bantane Hospital, Fujita Health University Okazaki Medical Center, and Fujita Health University Haneda Clinic), the Comprehensive Community Care Center, Research Center for Robotic Smart Home & Activity Assistive Technology (RSH & AAT), and Fujita Society for Rehabilitation & Kinesiology. With a total of over 870 staff members, it is a large organization covering all stages from hyper-acute to chronic stages, from hospital to community. International exchange is also very active. Every year, many researchers and clinicians visit us from overseas. We would like to contribute to the overall welfare of the patients, the community, the nation, and the world by utilizing and developing this exceptional environment.

We believe that rehabilitation medicine has the power to revitalize Japanese society, which tends to shrink with aging. By actively promoting collaboration with industry, government, and academia and by growing and developing the field of rehabilitation medicine, we will be able to contribute to the creation of a brighter world in the society. With this as our basic stance, I believe that the mission of the Fujita Health University Complex is to nurture outstanding rehabilitation professionals and connect them to the future.