编者按：2016年4月23日，探讨亚洲胸外科合作的第一次协商会议在北京召开，由 AME 出版社和 Medtronic 创伤外科联合举办。本次会议邀请了亚洲各国/地区的胸外科专家，共同讨论联合亚洲，建立胸外科协会的可能性。编者在会议后，采访了来自日本东京慈惠会医科大学的 Toshiaki Morikawa 教授。
由于时间紧迫，Morikawa 教授的采访就安排在晚上十点多。虽然 Morikawa 教授在会议后有些疲惫，但仍然坚持完成约定的采访。编者一直敬佩医生。医生不分昼夜工作，救治病人，是非常崇高的职业。编者对他们的佩服也衍生出好奇，问 Morikawa 教授为何选择做一名胸外科医生。Morikawa 教授说他自己不是从小就立志成为外科医生，只是顺其自然就进入这个行业。当然他也曾为选择医学哪个领域而徘徊过，不过最后就决定选择胸外科了。做一名胸外科医生不简单，手术过程中出现的突发状况很多，有些甚至是致命的。他有时候也会被这些突发情况影响到，不过第二天自己及时调整，尝试去做，便又会对自己有信心。而且，病人和病人家属的配合与支持也一直鼓励着他，他更有了继续往前的勇气。
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Toshiaki Morikawa (Thoracic Surgery)
Department of Surgery, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo ,Japan
Dr. Morikawa is a graduate of National Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1977. He had his initial training in National Nagasaki Central Hospital, then advanced to National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo to have residency training of chest surgery and surgical oncology.
After he experienced several hospitals, since 1992, soon after laparoscopic surgery had been available, Dr. Morikawa has independently started advanced thoracoscopic surgery by himself from the very beginning, in a small private hospital in Sapporo.
By 1996, most chest surgery has become to be available by thoracoscopy.
He was invited to the Department of Surgery of Hokkaido University as an assistant professor in 1997, and his thoracoscopic surgery has further advanced. Again in 2005, he was invited to the Jikei University as a Professor of Surgery. He has been advancing safe and minimally invasive thoracoscopy, its clinical application and also teaching young surgeons.
He also has been interested in developing surgical instruments or procedures such as forceps, lung sealing system, and safer thoracoscopic surgery.
Dr. Morikawa is an Executive Board of Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, and accelerating developing fine instruments under medical-engineering cooperation. He organizes Japan Society of Thoracoscopic Surgery, and is also reviewer of several scientific journals.