Centers & Services

Department of Pediatrics and Division of Pediatric Cardiology

What are Department of Pediatrics and Division of Pediatric Cardiology?

The Department of Pediatrics and Division of Pediatric Cardiology cover all fields of diseases and disorders in 0-to-20-year-old infants, children, and adolescents. We provide highly advanced medical treatment safely for pediatric patients in Chugoku and Shikoku districts. Specifically, Division of Pediatric Cardiology makes diagnoses and provides treatments mainly for patients with congenital heart diseases.

Our physicians

Director, Department of Pediatrics

Hirokazu TsukaharaProfessor
[Neonatal disease, kidney disease, infectious disease]

Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Shinichi OhtsukiProfessor
[Cardiovascular diseases]


Masanori Ikeda Professor [Infectious diseases, allergic/immunological diseases]
Ayumi Okada Associate professor [Psychosomatic diseases]
Akira Shimada Associate professor [Blood diseases, neoplasms, bone-marrow transplantation]
Kenji Baba Lecturer [Cardiovascular diseases]
Kosei Hasegawa Lecturer [Endocrine/metabolic diseases]
Junko Yoshimoto Assistant professor [Neonatal care, medical genetics]
Takayuki Miyai Assistant professor [Kidney diseases]
Masato Yashiro Assistant professor [Infectious diseases, allergic/immunological diseases]
Yosuke Washio Assistant professor [Neonatal care, medical genetics]
Maiko Kondo Assistant professor [Cardiovascular diseases]
Takahiro Eitoku Assistant professor [Cardiovascular diseases]
Chikako Fujii Assistant professor [Psychosomatic diseases]
Yosuke Fujii Assistant professor [Infectious diseases, hepatic diseases]

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Outpatient physicians

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Outpatient physicians Professor (Tsukahara) Assistant professor Lecturer (Hasegawa) Associate professor (Shimada) Professor (Ikeda)
Clinical sections available by day of the week General outpatient Allergy / immunology, Blood/neoplasms, Neonatal care General outpatient Infectious diseases, Kidney diseases, Psychosomatic diseases, Vaccination General outpatient Blood / neoplasms, Endocrine/bone, Psychosomatic diseases General outpatient Allergy / immunology, Cardiovascular, Blood/neoplasms, Psychosomatic diseases General outpatient Infectious diseases, Hepatic diseases, Endocrine/bone, Medical genetics, Neonatal care

Treatment system

About 30 members consisting of faculty, residents, and graduates work together on specialized treatments in the following fields: severe infectious diseases, congenital heart diseases, neonatal and premature care, connective tissue diseases, allergy, blood and malignant tumors, kidney diseases, endocrine and metabolic diseases, psychosomatic diseases, etc.

Treatment policy

We offer the latest and most advanced pediatric health care safely. We strive to inform patients and their families of what care we are providing and have them understand it to their satisfaction. Our motto in providing treatments is to offer “most helpful and reliable pediatric health care.”


Specialties include diagnoses and catheter-based therapies for congenital heart diseases, transplantation therapy for blood and malignant tumors, and treatment for connective tissue diseases, severe infectious disease, and endocrine and bone diseases. Recently, we have emphasized psychosomatic diseases. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Perinatal Mother and Child Center have allowed rapid intensive care for patients with severely advanced diseases.

Scope of target diseases

  • Acute encephalitis and encephalopathy, severe infectious diseases
  • Severe congenital heart diseases
  • Leukemia and malignant tumors
  • Refractory connective tissue diseases, allergy diseases
  • Endocrine and bone diseases
  • Kidney diseases
  • Very-low-birth-weight infants
  • Pediatric psychosomatic diseases
  • Genetic and chromosomal abnormalities
  • Refractory metabolic diseases

Description of medical care

Our department, as the core institution specializing in pediatric medical care in the Chugoku and Shikoku districts, has 34 beds, making diagnoses and providing treatments using the latest and accurate methods for general diseases and pediatric disease groups requiring highly advanced knowledge and techniques: severe infectious diseases, short stature, endocrine disorders, bone diseases, circulatory diseases, kidney diseases, connective tissue diseases, neonatal medical care, blood and pediatric cancers, psychosomatic disorders, etc. Many patients visit our outpatient clinics not only from the Chugoku and Shikoku districts but from the Tohoku, Kanto, and Kyushu districts.
We collaborate with many related hospitals (core hospitals in different regions), especially in the Chugoku and Shikoku districts, to provide the most appropriate medical network for individual patients. The ward is equipped with nursing facilities and hospital schools (elementary and junior high schools), responding to children who are hospitalized for a long time.
We briefly explain the topics of the following specialized fields (For more information, please see the site of the Pediatric Department):

  • We respond to encephalitis or encephalopathy, as well as severe viral infectious diseases using the latest treatment methods. In addition, for children with short stature, we have administered growth hormone treatment and gained sufficient results. We perform treatment and management for children with diabetes. For bone diseases, we use a molecular biological approach for making precise diagnoses and providing the most appropriate treatments.
  • We make diagnoses based on cardiac catheter tests for cardiovascular disease such as congenital heart diseases. The catheter surgeries exceed 300 cases annually: the highest level in Japan. We are undertaking great efforts to respond to many patients from all other districts in Japan who want to visit our department.
  • We perform multimodality therapy for pediatric cancers such as leukemia, with about a dozen cases of hematopoietic transplantation (bone-marrow, peripheral stem cell, and umbilical cord stem cell transplantation) conducted per year. Especially for brain tumors regarded as refractory, we provide treatments with curative intent in cooperation with surgical sides.
  • We treat and manage severe asthma and atopic dermatitis.
  • For pediatric kidney diseases, we perform kidney biopsy and diagnostic imaging. We also provide treatments for renal failure by continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD).
  • Expert physicians and clinical psychotherapists provide counselling for children affected by poor nutrition and school non-attendance, who have been increasing in recent years.

For outpatients

General outpatient clinic services are offered every day, Monday through Friday.
Specialized outpatient clinic service is offered as described below.
Monday: immunity/allergy, blood/tumor, and premature/infant health check
Tuesday: infectious/digestive organ diseases, and kidney, psychosomatic diseases, and vaccination
Wednesday: blood/tumor, endocrine/bone, and psychosomatic diseases
Thursday: immunity/allergy, circulatory organs, blood/tumor, and psychosomatic diseases
Friday: infectious/digestive organ diseases, endocrine/bone/obesity, premature/heredity

Highly advanced/ specialized medical treatments

Techniques covered by health insurance programs

  • Special treatments for acute encephalopathy
  • Cardiac catheter therapy for severe congenital heart diseases (administering the largest number of cases in Japan)
  • Special treatments for rheumatic diseases (by using specific monoclonal antibody drugs)
  • Hematopoietic transplantation for refractory metabolic diseases
  • Special treatments for endocrine and bone diseases
  • Pediatric psychosomatic diseases (treatment especially for poor nutrition)
  • Nitric oxide inhalation therapy for pulmonary hypertension

Techniques administered as clinical research

  • Rapid diagnosis for viral infectious diseases by genetic amplification test
  • Measurement of different cytokine and chemokine compounds
  • Advanced diagnostic system using 3D and 4D imaging for congenital heart diseases
  • Real-time cardiac echo image transfer system targeting congenital heart diseases
  • Pathological analyses by genetic diagnosis of metabolic bone diseases and therapeutic development based on them

Main methods for testing and explanation

  • Encephalic imaging tests, etc.: to determine treatment policy for acute encephalitis and encephalopathy
  • Catheter test for congenital heart diseases: to determine operative indications
  • Bone-marrow puncture: to diagnose blood diseases and to confirm the effects of chemotherapy and others
  • Allergy stress test: to identify the causes of allergies
  • Endocrine stress test: to determine treatment policies for growth hormone disorders
  • Kidney biopsy: to confirm the pathology of kidney and to determine the treatment policies
  • Sandplay therapy: to make diagnoses of pediatric psychosomatic disorders

Main testing methods and medical equipment


At the facilities, we provide treatments for severely advanced pediatric patients in cooperation with physicians in the Anesthetics and Emergency departments. We receive emergency patients from all the other areas in Japan.


We provide intensive management and treatments for immature and newborn babies, who have diseases to which it is difficult for common hospitals to respond.

Genetic diagnosis

With genetic diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, bone-system diseases, different genetic diseases, chromosome abnormality, and congenital metabolic diseases, we make more precise diagnoses and provide more appropriate treatments.

Biological clean room and bed

The department is equipped with extremely clean facilities for the safe performance of bone-marrow transplantation, peripheral-blood stem cell transplantation, and umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation.

Diagnostic systems for circulatory diseases

We have introduced the latest systems for cardiac catheter test, echocardiography, and helical computed tomography. Using the systems, we can make diagnoses and can actively provide catheter treatments.

Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), kidney biopsy

Actually, CAPD was introduced to treat advanced pediatric kidney failure supports outpatient treatments. Additionally, we conduct kidney biopsy on patients with nephrosis and nephritis, by which we provide treatments that are appropriate for different clinical conditions.

Psychosomatic treatment

The outpatient clinic service requires that appointments be made in advance. We provide treatment from both mental and physical perspectives. For child patients, we provide non-verbal treatments such as sandplay and game therapies in addition to diagnoses and counseling. Furthermore, we respond to the problems of their families.

Staff station of the Pediatric Department ward
(on the second floor of the west wing of the in-patient ward).