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In Memory of Dr. Yoshikawa

June 23, 2016
Dear Professor Yoshikawa Family and Members of JSE,

We wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Professor Junichi Yoshikawa who was a friend, mentor, colleague, and most of all a role model to all of us. He was a giant in the field of Echocardiography and Cardiology with an intense passion and energy as well as brilliance. He was a dedicated clinical investigator who pioneered many new concepts and procedures in Echocardiography which not only pushed the field forward, but helped manage our patient better. He was enormously humorous, even when he was speaking in English at international meetings. He was beyond international boundaries. He was thinking very big and most generous to his guests, friends, and colleagues.

Of all the trips I have taken for my professional activities, one week trip to Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, and Osaka Junichi arranged for my family remains as the most memorable and the most hospitable trip. At the end of the remarkable trip, Mrs. Fumiko Yoshikawa and Professor Yoshikawa joined us one night at the Tawaraya Ryokan. We will never forget our evening there together. Professor Yoshikawa was one of the first to support the creation of the Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography to have all Asian-Pacific Echocardiography Societies to work together promoting Echocardiography in this part of the world. We are working very diligently to accomplish and share his dreams.

Professor Yoshikawa was very proud of his family. We remember going to a small fabulous restaurant where Yoshikawa Junior was a Chef as well as the owner. He was extremely happy to have his friends dine the food his son prepared.

Japanese Society of Echocardiography and Cardiology are internationally renowned thanks to the discoveries and the contributions many Japanese physicians have made. Professor Yoshikawa is one of the giants in Japanese and World Cardiology you all should be very proud of. We will miss Junichi immensely for his friendship, mentorship, humor, big laugh, and serious passion for medical science. Please accept our sincerest condolences!

Jae K. Oh, MD
Samsung Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic
General Director, Samsung Heart Vascular Stroke Institute, Seoul, Korea

Junichi Yoshikawa

Date of Birth February 12, 1941

Professional Training and Employment
3/1966 Graduation from Osaka City University Medical School
4/1967 – 8/1972 Osaka City University and University of Tokyo
9/1972 – 6/1995 Kobe General Hospital
7/1999 – 6/2005 Professor, Department of Cardiology, Osaka City University
(4/2002 – 3/2004 Director of University Hospital)
7/2005 – 6/2010 Director, Oaka Ekisaikai Hospital
7/2010 Director and Honorary Advisor, Nishinomiya Watanabe Cardiovascular Center

Academic Societies
4/1989 – 7/1995 Founder and President, Japanese Society of Echocardiography
8/1989 – 7/2007 Board member, Japanese College of Cardiology
5/1994 – 5/2000 Board member, Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine
7/1995 – 12/2006 Board member, Japanese Society of Echocardiography
8/1995 – 7/1998 President, Japanese College of Cardiology
4/2002 – 3/2004 Board member, Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
4/2002 – 3/2006 Board member, Japanese Heart Failure Society
4/2004 – 3/2006 Board member, Japanese Circulation Society

Chairman of Academic Conferences
5/1990 1st Japanese Society of Echocardiography
9/1991 39th Japanese College of Cardiology
4/1992 61st Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine
12/1996 4th Intracardiovascular Imaging Society
5/1997 7th Asian-Pacific Congress of Doppler Echocardiography
5/1997 8th Japanese Society of Echocardiography
7/1997 83rd Japanese CirculationSociety, Kinki Section
9/2000 3rd International Congress of Noninvasive Cardiology, Asian Section
9/2000 162nd Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, Kinki Section

Editorial Board
1985 Echocardiography
1985 Heart and Vessels
1986 Heart Valve Disease
1993 Journal of American Society of Echocardiography
1995 Heart
2001 European Journal of Echocardiography
2003 Journal of the American College of Cardiology

1/1994 – 12/2005 Journal of Cardiology