Atsuyuki Yamataka (Yama), MD, PhD

Pediatric Surgery Department, Director of the Perinatal Medical Support Centre, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Yama is the Professor/Head of the Pediatric Surgery Department, and the Director of the Perinatal Medical Support Centre at Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He is also the Visiting Co-Professor of the Department of Gastrointestinal and Pediatric Surgery at Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Juntendo and continued his pediatric surgery training there and also at Alder Hey Hospital, (Liverpool, England), Great Ormond Street Hospital (London, England), Princess Alexandra Hospital (Queensland, Australia)/Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital (Brisbane, Australia) and Wellington Hospital (Wellington, New Zealand).

He has served as the President of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group in 2007, and the Publication Committee Chairman of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons from 2007-2009, the Publication Committee Chairman of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Surgeons (international session) from 2011-2015, the Publication Committee Chairman of the Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons Pediatric Surgeons from 2013-2015 . He is currently serving as the President of the Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, the President-Elect and member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and holding numerous positions in various Japanese and international pediatric surgery associations. 

His clinical interests include Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Anorectal Malformation and Hirschsprung's Disease. Presently, he has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in various high-quality journals.

Quotes: “Operate on sick children as if they were my own child.” - Yama