RED INITIATIVE - Canon Medical / Erbis Engineering conducts CME programmes on CTO-PCIs in Chennai
Express Healthcare|February 2020
Invites renowned Japanese cardiac interventionist, Dr Kinzo Ueda to India to share his experiences and insights with cardiologists at Apollo Hospitals and Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research
Lakshmipriya Nair

Continuing medical education (CME) is an important tool for doctors and medical professionals to disseminate knowledge about best practices, boost scientific collaboration and stay on top of the changes in the field of healthcare. Therefore, Canon Medical Systems recently organized workshops for cardiologists in Apollo Hospitals and also at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research in Chennai on treatment procedures like chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO PCI).

At Canon’s behest, CTO PCI specialist, Dr. Kinzo Ueda, Cardiovascular Intervention Center, Takase Clinic, Japan visited these hospitals to share insights from his considerable experience of performing this procedure successfully on patients in Japan and across the world. He was accompanied by a team from Canon Medical Systems which included N Sotomatsu, Executive Director, Erbis Engineering; Tomoko Kamijima, Senior Manager, Global Strategic Marketing, Canon Medical Systems; M S Menon, Projects Director, and S Kumaran, Business Head – Cardiology Solutions, Erbis Engineering.

Earlier this year, the leading medical devices provider had conducted similar knowledge sharing programs at Thunga Hospital and Apollo Hospital in Mumbai. Dr. Kenya Nasu, Director of Cardiovascular Medicine, Toyohashi Heart Center, Japan had come down to share his expertise with Indian interventional cardiologists in Mumbai. (Check: https://www.expresshealthcare.in/cardiac-care/canon-medical-system-organises-a-two-day-workshop-on-complex-pcis/414897/)

Explaining the raison d'être behind these initiatives, N Sotomatsu said, “We bring senior interventional cardiologists from Japan to share their knowledge and experience on newer techniques with Indian doctors to serve cardiac patients in this country. We will continue to organize such knowledge-sharing programs.” He also informed that his company’s low X-ray dose cath labs can be of great benefit to Indian patients and doctors when it comes to carrying out complex cardiac interventions. (CheckBox: New Angiographic System of Canon)

Dr. Ueda, an expert trained by Dr. Hideo Tamai, a pioneer of CTO-PCIs, has been performing them successfully for a long time. Held over three days, he shared presentations and held in-depth discussions with doctors of Apollo Hospitals and Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research on the various aspects that cardiac interventionalists need to consider. Moreover, he gave hands-on demonstrations of performing CTO PCIs and elaborated on how new technologies and advanced training methods are enabling high success rates for this procedure.

On Day 1 of these workshops, held on December 19, 2019, Dr. Ueda and Canon's team members met India's healthcare pioneer and leader, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, and Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals at their corporate office. In an exclusive interaction with Express Healthcare, Dr. Reddy lauded Canon for their efforts furthering the knowledge of doctors and said that collaborative effort such as this is important to do more for the patient. He also welcomed Dr. Ueda and discussed global advancements in cardiac care and the successes achieved by Apollo Hospitals in cardiac sciences.

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