Doctors’ Network

Kazunari Karahashi, M.D.

Kazunari Karahashi, M.D.

Founder of UrDoc

Career
  • Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine
    Special Award of the Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Ebina General Hospital
  • St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo,Japan
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Board certified industrial doctor of Japan Medical Association
  • Japan Society of Plastic and reconstructive Surgery
  • Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association

Message

When I was a high school student in United States, I experienced severe anaphylactic shock after eating shellfish in a foreign country.
I woke up and found myself lying down on bed in the ICU. Everybody surrounding me spoke English but one doctor was a Japanese-American. I was very relieved when the doctor said something in Japanese.
Having health issue in foreign country can suddenly turn a person's "having-fun-mode" into tough situation for visitors while traveling overseas.
With UrDoc, you can see healthcare professional's availability and book instantly online. UrDoc consults your health issues with text and video chat.
As a medical doctor, I have been helping patients for years in Tokyo where people from all over the world visit. I have found out that there is a limitation to solve health issue of many foreign visitors as one doctor. That is why I have made up my mind to invent UrDoc in order to help as many people as possible.
I am sure UrDoc will provide an entirely new medical option for foreign visitors when they need medical attention.

Fumiya Kitamura, M.D.

Fumiya Kitamura, M.D.

Partner Doctor

Career
  • Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine
  • Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital
  • Chubu Rosai Hospital, Aichi, Japan Department of Nephrology・Connective Tissue Disease
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Japan College of Rheumatology
  • Japanese Society of Nephrology
  • The Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
  • Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Message

There are several healthcare services available in Japan. Generally, the current services are not for the end-users (patients) but for the healthcare professionals. This supposed to be beneficial to patients or patients-to-be. From this point of view, I believe there is room for improvement in healthcare services, and UrDoc certainly will be a great solution for the people.
I have worked in Okinawa for years, a well-known part of the nation as medically depopulated region, and series of experiences as a doctor have allowed me to be equipped with the knowledge and motivation to support pre-hospital service, UrDoc.

I will support UrDoc as much as possible to provide pre-hospital service for people who need it.

Yohei Ejima, M.D.

Yohei Ejima, M.D.

Partner Doctor

Career
  • Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine
  • JCHO Tokyo Yamate Medical Center
  • Chugoku Rosai Hospital, Department of Metabolism and Endocrinology
  • Aichi Medical University, Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Assistant Professor
Affiliated Academic Society
  • The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
  • The Japan Diabetes Society
  • The Japan Endocrine Society
  • Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Message

As our society has become more international, the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan has risen, reaching over 20 million in 2016. That number is expected to rise further in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
One of that challenges that presents itself here is that, among those foreign tourists visiting Japan, there will be some who suffer from some sort of illness. And of course, there is also the possibility of healthy people developing an unforeseeable condition, such as food poisoning or injury. If you fall ill in an unfamiliar country, it's natural to become nervous, with questions like "What should I do?", "Where should I go?", "Will people understand what I'm saying?" In fact, during my initial training, I provided a medical examination to a foreign tourist. They too had no idea where to go at first, and for the time being had searched out the nearest hospital on the internet. They spoke no Japanese, and appeared quite anxious. UrDoc will provide a ray of light amidst these kinds of anxieties.
I am currently engaged in providing treatment for diabetes in the Nagoya area. The number of people suffering from diabetes has been increasing every year. There will be many people among the foreign tourists visiting Japan who are undergoing treatment for diabetes, and out of those, there will surely be people with type-1 diabetes who cannot do without insulin. I support UrDoc so that people like that can consult healthcare professionals without any problems, and am participating as a partner doctor. I believe that UrDoc will develop even further going forward, becoming something indispensable to an internationalized society.

Seigo Takano, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

Career
  • Nihon University, School of Medicine
  • Nihon University, Graduate School, Ph.D Programn
  • Nihon University, School of Medicine, Visiting Professor
  • Worked at Nihon University Hospital, National Cancer Center Hospital
  • 2001- Sagamihara Kyodo Hospital
  • 2006- Hospital Manager of Sagamihara Kyodo Hospital
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Board Certified Member of Japanese Surgical Society / Senior Fellow of the Japanese Surgical Society
  • Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery / Senior Fellow of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Director of Japan Hospital Association
  • Executive Director of Kanagawa Hospital Association
  • Vice President of Sagamihara Hospital Association

Message

As a doctor and also as the manager of a hospital, I support this socially innovative business, UrDoc. I have been conducting series of reformation and innovation to provide better medical solution for patients. In my opinion, this business, UrDoc, has great mission to reform and innovate current medical care into a better situation.

Frankly, I am very thrilled to witness the new wave that UrDoc will bring into medical market. Innovation takes efforts and patient, yet people need this business. I wish society will appropriate this business with such important mission, and UrDoc will be beneficial to many people.

Gautam A. Deshpande, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

Career
  • Dept. of Internal Medicine, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
    Internal Medicine Internship and Residency
  • Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Kuakini Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
    Hospitalist, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
    Staff Physician and Post Medical Advisor
  • St. Luke's International University, Tokyo, Japan
    Vide Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
    Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Dept. of General Internal Medicine
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Member, American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • Member, Hawaii Medical Society
  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • Member, Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

Message

As a general internal medicine physician and American living in Japan, I am strongly interested in ensuring that tourists and other visitors to Japan can access the many high quality medical services that are available in Japan. Online medical consultation is a valuable use of current technology and a great option for visitors to Japan.

UrDoc plays an important role in this field and I hope this opportunity as a senior medical advisor will enhance and promote the quality of UrDoc project.

Safe trip with UrDoc!