Erasmus + Success Stories

Prof. Taijiro SuedaDepartment of CardioIncoming LecturerCardiovascular SurgeryHiroshima University

Taijiro's impressions from Medical University Sofia


Erasmus+ Period: 15/05/2017 – 19/05/2017

I celebrate the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ Programme cordially. My relationship be-tween Bulgaria and Japan began from 2008. I received a young Bulgarian cardiac surgeon as a graduate school student supported by the Japanese ministry for education and science. He stayed in Hiroshima University for 4 years and 6 months and performed gene analysis which occurred acute aortic dissection. He got his title of PhD by this work. His name is Dr. Zehcho Naychov and works in the department of cardiovascular surgery in Sofia University now. I belonged to the Hiroshima-Bulgarian association from his stay to now.

I have been to Sofia twice. The first visit to Sofia was 2011-year m. May after the Congress of the European Society for Cardiovascular Surgery which was held in Dubrovnik. The second visit to Sophia was from 14 to 20 May 2017 with support of Erasmus+ Programme. Prof. Sakaguchi (virology) and Prof. Sakai (pharmacology) also attended this program. During this stay, we discussed the following plan of the next Erasmus+ Programme between Sophia Medical University and Hiroshima University 15 may 2017. I presented my paper 16 May, entitled “. Surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation “, which included etiology of atrial fibrillation, pharmacological and catheter treatment of atrial fibrillation. I devised a new surgical procedure for atrial fibrillation, which gave a lot of suggestion to resolve the real mechanism of atrial fibrillation. Then, I presented my procedure with basic concept and procedural aspects.

Our visit was successful and continued to send 3 medical students supported by Erasmus+ Programme from October 2017 for 3 months. One Bulgarian student also will come to the Hiroshima University from January 2018, and two from April in the same year. I hope this Erasmus+ program continues in future. Again, congratulation for 30th anniversary