Dr. Hiroshi Abe (Dept. Chair, 1984-2000)
Dr. Hiroshi Abe graduated from the Hokkaido University School of Medicine in 1961. After serving as an assistant professor, then lecturer, he joined the faculty at Ohio State University. He returned to Japan to begin his term as the 2nd chair of the Hokkaido University Neurosurgery Department in 1984. His work has involved many basic and clinical studies about brain tumors, vascular diseases, and spinal diseases. He was also appointed head of the University Hospital in 1995. During his tenure as chair, he hosted many meetings and workshops, including the Japanese Conference of Brain Tumors (1982), Japanese Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1987), Japanese Society of Paraplegia (1989), a pituitary tumors workshop (1990), the Japanese Society of Spinal Surgery (1992), Japanese Society of Skull-base Surgery (1997), Japanese Society of Vascular Surgery (1998), Japanese Society of Neurosurgery (1998), and the International Conference of Brain Tumors (1999).