Lactis supported by Dr Shinya, colon expert –  With colleague Dr Wolff, he developed Colonoscopy & Polypectomy. A leap forward for colon health and cancer prevention…

Dr. Shinya (a General Surgeon) & Dr. William Wolff (a Cardiothoracic Surgeon) are responsible for the advancement and development of colonoscopy & polypectomy as we know it today. In the 1960s they established an upper gastrointestinal fiber optic endoscopic laboratory and clinical facility.

Their work led to the development of the first flexible instruments for evaluating the entire colon. In June 1969 they performed one of the first colonoscopies.

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Three months later, using the electro surgery polypectomy snare designed by Dr. Shinya, they used the procedure to remove polyps. They did not publish their findings until they performed 100 successful procedures. These surgeons working with the Olympus Optical Company made a further advance which facilitated prevention of colorectal cancer.

Dr. Shinya in 1969 designed a wire loop snare to remove a colorectal polyp as soon as it was found. This was a ground breaking advance in colorectal cancer prevention. Dr. Wolff and Dr. Shinya first described their surgical procedure in The New England Journal of Medicine. This article became known as one of the 20th century’s landmark articles in the field. (Wolff WI, Shinya H. Polypectomy via the fiber optic colonoscope: removal of neoplasms beyond the reach of the sigmoidoscope. N Engl J Med 1973; 288:329).

Dr. Hiromi Shinya was born in Japan in 1935. In 1960 he completed his medical studies in Tokyo. Following his internship,

Shinya began his residency at Toho University Hospital, with the hope of becoming a neurosurgeon. However, a position was offered to him in 1963 in the USA.

He left Japan for New York to complete a surgical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. In 1967, Shinya became involved with colonoscopy as a senior resident at Beth Israel. Based on his unique experience in abilities while in USA, he received a special visa waiver by order of the President of the USA, to remain in the country to continue his work. His colonoscopy experience as of recent exceeds 370,000 patients.