President Richardson, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and this assembly Prof. Sachiyo Suita of Japan for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Professor Suita received her medical degree in 1966 and her PhD degree in 1973 from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. She completed postgraduate training at the same university in pediatric surgery. She spent 1968–1970 as a senior house officer in the department of pediatric surgery at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, U.K.
Following her training in pediatric surgery, she joined the faculty of pediatric surgery at Kyushu University, where she moved up the academic ladder and eventually became a professor of pediatric surgery and was chairman of the department from 1989 to 2010. She is the first woman in Japan to attain the position of department chair of pediatric surgery, and she presently serves on the board of directors at Kyushu University.
She has held several important positions over the last several decades, including president of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons, president of the Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, a board member of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, a council member of the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and an executive member of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons. Professor Suita is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Surgery International, the two major journals in our specialty. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Professor Suita’s main academic interests are in neonatal metabolism and parenteral nutrition. Professor Suita has been an active clinical pediatric surgeon for 35 years, in addition to all of her research and administrative responsibilities.
President Richardson, Professor Suita is a highly respected academic pediatric surgeon, recognized internationally. Having had the honor of receiving honorary membership in the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons from Professor Suita at the time of her presidency of that association in 1997, I am honored to present her for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.