Kurokawa Award (Early Career Physicians Category) Recipient’s Remarks
Ko Harada, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
I am extremely honored to receive the Kurokawa Award at the 2022 ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting. I presented the study titled “Increase in sarcoidosis mortality rate among the older population in Japan: A population-based study from 2001 to 2020.” in which we reported on trends in sarcoidosis-associated crude and age-adjusted mortality in Japan over the past 20 years using national death certificate data. Joinpoint analysis was used to analyze the trends. Our study revealed that sarcoidosis-associated deaths in Japan have significantly increased over the past two decades, especially among the older population with a female predominance. Since sarcoidosis is a relatively rare but increasingly recognized disease, I believe that many participants found this presentation interesting.
I attended and presented at several ACP Japan Chapter meetings when I was a junior and senior resident in Japan. I moved to the U.S. in 2021 and am currently working as an internal medicine resident at a community hospital in New York City. This year, due to the COVID pandemic, the conference was held online, allowing me to participate from overseas. I would like to continue my research and contribute to the development of medicine in Japan and ACP Japan Chapter in any way I can. I would also like to submit an abstract for the 2023 ACP Annual Meeting in the U.S. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude again to the people involved in the ACP Japan Chapter meeting for providing such a wonderful opportunity for me to present my research.