2003-2004 Shinichiro Ushigome, Japan
IAP President 2003-2004
Shinichi was born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan and graduated MD from Jikei University School of Medicine in 1960. He was a third generation of medical practitioners.
- He did his early postgraduate training in the Tokyo First National Hospital; United States Air Force Hospital, Tachikawa, Japan, and then won a Fulbright Scholarship that took him to Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
- His first professional appointment was from 1973 – 1987 as Associate Professor of Pathology and then Professor and Chairman, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Kawasaki.
- From 1987 - 2000 he was Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, the second most senior University in Japan after Tokyo University.
- He retired from Jikei in 2000 in accordance with the age of retirement rules for academic appointments. He was then given the title of Visiting Professor, Jikei University School of Medicine.
- He took up another appointment in 2000 as Director, Diagnostic Pathology Center, Keihin Medical Laboratory, Kawasaki.
After studying with Harlan Spjut at the MD Anderson Hospital during the tenure of his Fullbright Scholarship, he became an international expert on bone and soft tissue tumours.
His major research interests were:
- immunocytochemical and ultrastructural studies of the histogenesis of Ewing’s sarcoma and putatively related tumors.
- primitive neuroectodermal tumors of bone & soft tissue.
- He was co-author of ‘Ewing’s sarcoma - Primitive neuroectodermal tumor’ in ‘Tumours of Soft Tissue and Bone’ one of the WHO Classification of Tumours Series (Lyon, France 2002) edited by C.D.M. Fletcher, K.K. Unni and F. Martens.
- Dr. Ushigome was President (1998-2000), of the Japanese Division of the IAP during the XXIII International Congress of the IAP and the 14th World Congress of Academic and Environmental Pathology meeting in Nagoya, Japan (October 2000). He was one of the main organizers of this Congress and Head of the Public Relations Committee of the Congress.
- At that time he was also IAP Vice President for Asia.
- In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the IAP for his distinguished services to pathology.