The Fujita Health University Bantane Hospital Alumni Association has been founded in 2017. It is the natural consequence of a great experience in Japan shared by several young neurosurgeons from all over the world, along with the enthusiastic input of Prof. Yoko Kato. The Association gathers the neurosurgeons who have been fellows at the Fujita Health University Bantane Hospital for at least 1 month. More than 100 young colleagues have had the chance to complete a neurovascular fellowship under the supervision of Prof. Kato so far. Several are the purposes of the Association: to develop and support academic conferences (such as Winter Seminar, Interim Meeting, International Conference on Cerebrovascular Surgery - ICCVS), to exchange and share knowledge and surgical techniques between members, to support Bantane Hospital Fellows in Neurosurgery for academic publications and career, to make a database of publications produced by the members of the Association, to establish a worldwide network among members in other issues not only for academic activities but also for non-academic events such as cultural exchange program or social meeting, to help the residents and next generation of young neurosurgeons to gain experience at our training centres at the members’ countries, and finally to support ACNS and AJNS development and sustainability.

The membership is granted upon payment of a lifetime membership fee: USD 500 for Lifetime Member (to pay just once in a life), USD 300 for Resident Member for 5 years membership (additional USD 200 to be paid after completing residency), USD 200 for Medical student. The membership gives the opportunity not only to be active part of the Association through the right to vote and to be voted as an Officer, but also to get some benefits as full access to the Association Website. The Website ( is updated with the initiatives and the congresses in which the Association is part. Moreover, the full text of the papers published by the members will be available.

The Association mainly promotes educational activities, as congresses, meetings, webinars, and fellowships. So far, 6 Winter Seminars in Nagoya (Japan) and 3 interim meetings in Balikpapan (Indonesia 2017), Bali (Indonesia 2018), Phuket (Thailand 2019) have taken place.

Prof. Tetsuo Kanno
Prof. Hirotoshi Sano

The current Board of Officers includes Thomas Tommy (Indonesia, First Vice President), Tushit Mewada (India, Second Vice President), Ishu Bishnoi (India, Secretary), Shyam D (India, Treasurer), Sandeep Talari (India, Webmaster), Ittichai Sakarunchai (Thailand, Assistant Secretary), and myself as President. We all welcome each neurosurgeon, resident, or medical student who is willing to be part of our great family!

Alberto Feletti
President of Alumni Association
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences
University of Verona - AOUI, Verona, Italy

Message From the 1st Past President

Dear My colleague,

Welcome to Fujita Health University (FHU) Banbuntane Alumni Association network. The Alumni Association has been established since 2017. The purposes of the Alumni Association are developed and continuing support the annually academic meeting among the members for international neurosurgical meeting such as CVD winter seminar at Nagoya, ICCVS, ACNS meeting and FHU alumni meeting etc. We will exchange or share the update knowledge including surgical techniques and principle of neurosurgery. Furthermore, the Alumni Association will encourage all past fellowships for achieving their academic position by publications in international journal especially Asian Journal of Neurosurgery (AJNS) that is the official journal of ACNS. Not only the academic support, we always have a worldwide connection among the members in non-academic events such as cultural exchange program. Lastly, we must help the neurosurgical residents or young neurosurgeons to gain their experience in recommended training centers whereas supporting the surgical instruments is also our purpose.

The first interim FHU Alumni Association Meeting was organized at Balikpapan in 2017.

The second meeting was held in Bali in 2018 and the third meeting was held in Phuket, Thailand on October 25th-26th, 2019. All past meetings were successful and achieved our aims.

Prof. Yoko Kato is one of the most important persons for the Alumni Association. She initiated me and all past fellows to establish this association including what are the benefits that we should receive and extend to young neurosurgeons. Hopefully, we can achieve these missions follows Prof. Kato’s expectation.

I hope this Alumni Association more or less contributes the several benefits for our members.

Ittichai Sakarunchai
First President of FHU Alumni
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Binoy T. Damodar
Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Fellowship Experience At ​Fujita Health University

I have selected fellowship under Professor Yoko Kato because she is one of the world renowned neurovascular surgeon. It is one of the best neurovascular training centre in the world. This fellowship under Professor Yoko Kato has taught me many advances in the vascular neurosurgery. I have learnt complex aneurysm and skull base surgeries. I have learnt advanced techniques like computational fluid dynamics, intraoperative use of endoscope in aneurysm surgery, various techniques of aneurysm clipping, carotid endarterectomy, microvascular decompression, vascular bypass surgeries, carotid stenting, ICG, Flow 800 and endovascular techniques ...


Dhivya Palanisamy
Apollo KH Hospital, Melvisharam, Tamilnadu, India
My Fellowship Experience

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Xiangdong Wang
Heji Hospital, Changzhi Medical college, ChangZhi City, Shan Xi Province, China
Current Situation After Studying In Japan

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