Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

  • Professor: Yuji Morimoto
  • Assistant Professor: Yosuke Uchida
  • Phone: +81-11-716-2111 ext. 5982
  • FAX: +81-11-706-7861
The members of the Division of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine play an active role not only in clinical anesthesia, but also in the fields of pain therapy, intensive and critical care, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Our chief purpose is to nurture excellent physicians with high clinical ability as well as humanity and research mind.


Our major research themes consist of:

1) Exploration of changes in the pathophysiology and protective methods against invasive load such as surgery, trauma, and multi-organ failure.

2) Exploration of the mechanisms of vital principles such as consciousness, pain and the respiratory cycle.


Faculty members in this division give classes of anesthesiology, pain therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and intensive care (including clerkship) for medical students. We also take part in the courses of them for graduate students. Almost all of them are given in Japanese, while only a few are given in English. We accept applications of young prospective researchers who take master (2 years) or doctoral (4 years) courses to learn them in our division.

International Activities

We are making positive efforts to presents our research achievements in USA (American society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, International association for the study of pain, Society of Critical Care Medicine), Europe (European Society of Anesthesiologists), and Asia.

We are continuously collaborating with Duke University, Innsbruck University, the Berlin Institute of Technology, the Karolinska Institute, Imperial College in London.
1 Clinical setting in cardiac anesthesia
2 In vivo electrophysiological study in rat’s brain

Selected Publications

1. Kaori Tachibana, Rui Kato, Kenkichi Tsuruga, Koichi Takita, Toshikazu Hashimoto, and Yuji Morimoto: Altered synaptic transmission in rat anterior cingulate cortex following peripheral nerve injury. Brain Research, 1238:53-58 (2008)
2. Kaori Tachibana, Machiko Matsumoto, Hiroyo Koseki, Hiroko Togashi, Taku Kojima, Yuji Morimoto, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka: Electrophysiological and neurochemical characterization of the effect of repeated treatment with milnacipran on the rat serotonergic and noradrenergic systems. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 20:562-569 (2006)
3. Katsumi Harasawa, Takashi Maruyama, Yuji Morimoto: Life-Saving Dtection of Right Hemothorax by Transesophageal Echocardiography After Femorofemoral Bypass. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 20:229-231 (2006)
4. Takita, K., Morimoto, Y., and Kemmotsu, O.: Roles of nociceptin/orphanin FQ and nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide receptor in respiratory rhythm generation in the medulla oblongata: An in vitro study. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 91: 385-389(2003)
5. Hashimoto, T., Ohashi, Y., Nelson, L.E., Maze, M., and Fujinaga, M.: Developmental variation in nitrous oxide-induced c-Fos expression in Fischer rat spinal cord. Anesthesiology, 96: 249-251(2002)
6. Morimoto, Y., Morimoto, Y., Nishihira, J.,Kemmotsu, O., Shibano, T., Gando, S. and Shikama,H.: Pentobarbital inhibits apoptosis in neuronal cells. Critical Care Medicine, 28:1899-1904, (2000)