Asian and Oceanian Section

Welcome from the Chair

Asian Oceanian Section

Nobutaka HattoriNobutaka Hattori, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Juntendo University School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan
MDS-AOS Chair


April 2017

As one of my final initiatives as Chair of the MDS-AOS, I am inviting current MDS members to help in cultivating new members in the Asian and Oceanian region. The MDS-AOS aims to grow our membership, particularly encouraging younger members, as well as increasing membership from countries that are underrepresented in the Society.

MDS is excited to add a new membership initiative for Junior Members. Free Junior membership is now available to those who are residents, fellows, and training in healthcare or scientific research. In addition, MDS continues to offer free Waived Dues membership to those in low-income countries. Learn more about Junior membership.

In 2017, the MDS-AOS is planning many Outreach Programs including programs in Malaysia, Philippines, and the Middle East.  Learn more about Outreach Programs.

The MDS-AOS is also planning several Live Courses in 2017, to be held in Australia, Japan, and People’s Republic of China, as well as the Middle East. Stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding these educational programs.

I am happy to welcome the incoming members of the 2017-2019 MDS-AOS Officers and Executive Committee, who will officially take over in their positions at the MDS-AOS Regional Assembly at the International Congress in Vancouver on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The incoming Officers, Beom Jeon (Chair), Shen Yang Lim (Secretary), and Yasuyuki Okuma (Treasurer), will be the new representatives of the MDS-AOS in leading the section and Executive Committee.

As this is my last letter as MDS-AOS Chair, I would like to thank my fellow Officers and Executive Committee Members for the past two years of service together. I would especially like to express my gratitude to my fellow MDS-AOS Officers, Raymond Rosales (Secretary) and Carolyn Sue (Treasurer), as well as Executive Committee members, Mandy Au-Yeung, Jou-Hsien Chen, Vinay Goyal, Roland Jamora, Hee Tae Kim, Thomas Kimber, Miho Murata, Hui Fang Shang, Yih-Ru Wu, and Baorong Zhang.

I look forward to continued growth in education and membership in the MDS-AOS, and hope to continue my service in helping the new MDS-AOS Officers in the future. If you have ideas to contribute to the MDS-AOS, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or our Secretariat liaison Stephanie Dernek.

With best regards,


Nobutaka Hattori
Chair, MDS-AOS

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