Hand Surgery


The Department of Hand Surgery was founded in 1968 as the Hand Surgery Clinic at Nagoya University’s Branch Hospital. It moved to Nagoya University Hospital in 1996 where, in 2001, it had the distinction of being established as the first independent Department of Hand Surgery in Japan. At the forefront of medical care and research related to upper extremities, the Department performs 400 hand and wrist surgeries each year.

Hand Surgery(image)


  • Hitoshi Hirata(image)
    Hitoshi Hirata
  • Katsuyuki Iwatsuki(image)
    Associate Professor
    Katsuyuki Iwatsuki
  • Hidemasa Yoneda(image)
    Assistant Professor
    Hidemasa Yoneda


Hand surgery specializes on the medical, surgical and rehabilitative treatment of the upper extremity including hand, wrist and forearm. Intervention to restore form and function may occur in cases of trauma, congenital abnormality and infection among other problems and conditions. Hand surgeons have expertise in general, orthopedic or plastic and reconstructive surgery and care for patients both by surgical and non-surgical means.

Research Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Congenital anomaly
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Pain
  • Peripheral nerve
  • Reconstruction
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Upper extremity