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Japanese Students Visit Hudson Valley Hospital Center


Cortlandt Manor, NY - (March 26, 2012) – Japanese medical students visiting as part of a Pace University English language program got a tour of Hudson Valley Hospital Center and spoke to one of its top doctors, a native of Japan.

Nine students from the Pace-Kanawaza University pre-clerkship program visited the Hospital on March 23 and had a 30-minute interview with Dr. Roy Ashikari of the Ashikari Breast Center. Dr. Ashikari, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, came to the United States from Japan more than 50 years ago.

Dr. Ashikari told the students that he has practiced at many major hospitals, but that the day to day medical treatment which is so important to patients goes on at smaller community hospitals like Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He added that he “loves New York” and “there is no where else like it.”

Brian Hickey, Director of the English Language Institute and an advisor to the Kanawaza program, said the one-week program is aimed at improving the students’ medical English and at exposing them to medicine in the United States. Hickey said that the 4th and 5th year medical students are training to work in rural areas of Japan.

Chie Naito, one of the visiting students, said she was very impressed with Dr. Ashikari’s talk. She said she found the insurance system in the United States to be very fascinating. She said the students had difficulty understanding how someone with no insurance, and no ability to pay could receive the same medical care as someone with insurance. 

“The differences between what you have here and in Japan are great,’’ she said. “I enjoyed my visit and learned a lot to take back with me.’’

The Ashikari Breast Center opened at HVHC in July 2011 and recently moved into the Hospital’s new Medical Office Building, which also houses the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. The practice was founded by Dr. Roy Ashikari, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, and former Chief of The Breast Service at Sloane Kettering. He has treated thousands of patients, won prestigious awards both here and in his native Japan and published dozens of scientific articles on breast cancer. 


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