“It’s hard to put it into the right words, but I really learned a lot from that patient. When I reflect on it now, I often regret how I handled things, as I was still young, and my feelings got the better of me. But without a doubt, it is because of that patient that I chose to specialize in endocrinology, hormones, and hypertension. She was unforgettable.”
Prof. Itoh was also kind enough to share a message for students planning to study at the School of Medicine. “You may be unsure about your own potential. But if you are motivated, Keio is most certainly a place full of opportunities. Keio has a culture of working to better society and a learning environment that fosters that culture, which allows you to connect with other passionate peers and professors. I hope that you—the younger generation—will be able to reach your full potential as you enjoy the challenge of exploring the unknown.”
Prof. Itoh graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1983 and received his doctorate at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. He then went to the US, working as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Stanford University School of Medicine before returning to Japan and serving as Assistant Professor at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. In 2006, he became a Professor of Internal Medicine (Nephrology, Endocrinology and Metabolism) at the Keio University School of Medicine. Prof. Itoh specializes in endocrinology, hypertension, diabetes, and anti-aging medicine. Prof. Itoh has authored numerous books, including “Good Obesity, Bad Obesity” (Ii himan warui himan), “The Secret of Super-Longevity” (Chōchōju no himitsu), “Happy Life Expectancy” (Kōfuku jumyō), and “The Age of Organs” (Zoki no Jikan).*
* Japanese book titles have been provided in English for the convenience of the reader.