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Shine On! Pediatric Oncology Medical Support Program

National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

From April, 2008 to March, 2009 we welcomed Dr. Noriko Mitsuiki to the Tyler Foundation team. Dr. Mitsuiki graduated top of her class from the National Medical and Dental University. All of her costs were covered by the Tyler Foundation, and she worked full-time with Dr. Kumagai’s pediatric oncology team at the National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. This was the culmination of two years of searching by Dr. Kumagai for a talented doctor who could enable each member of the team to provide the highest level of care to their patients. This bold move by the Tyler Foundation surely set a positive example for other hospitals and make a true difference in the day-to-day lives of the children at NCCHD.

Program Summary

Goal : To improve quality of patient care by adding a top-level pediatric oncologist to a hospital’s pediatric oncology/hematology team.
Need : Doctor-patient ratios are low in Japan. Doctors have only minimal time for patients, little time for research and are under considerable stress.
Description : Dr. Noriko Mitsuiki was hired by the Tyler Foundation and dispatched to the National Center for Child Health and Development’s pediatric oncology department.
Program Leader : Dr. Noriko Mitsuiki
Term : April 2008 to March 2009.