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KIMURA CLINIC

President

Kensuke Kimura

Kensuke Kimura
To set a global standard on medical treatment that focuses on emotional care and support

There's a saying that goes "Disease starts in the mind", but it is not always the case.
Medical knowledge and scientific basis are important, and so is the state of mind of the patient. My medical care puts importance on both intellect and emotion, so I provide treatment for both aspects. I am very interested in my patients, and I think about what captures their heart the most. I believe that genuine medical care is accomplished by putting importance on the patient's emotional state.

Year of Birth
1967
Birthplace
Hyogo
Name
KIMURA CLINIC
Headquarters
5-24-15, Katahira, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Founded
2012
Type of business
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
url
http://www.kimura-naika-clinic.jp/
From the start of my medical career, I worked as a doctor at a university hospital for 20 years; however, I merely focused on solving the disease by exploring the scientific reasons such as genes and substances that lead to its etiology. In spite of that, I still encounter many cases of repeated hospitalization due to the same sickness, and I have been thinking about why it happens. Even with the same diagnosis, the progress varies from patient to patient. It happens because we are humans. Each of us is born and raised in a different environment, with a different upbringing and culture, so each one has a unique way of thinking and feeling. From that point, I began to realize that each patient has a different way of expressing their sickness. Of course, it is important to diagnose the disease itself. As a doctor, I have also devoted myself to studies and have written several theses. However, being involved in clinical practice for over 25 years, I learned that medical knowledge and scientific basis are not enough to clarify the etiology of a disease.

Through understanding the disposition of the sick patient and have a clear grasp that it is part of the cause, I realized the utmost importance of treating both mind and body. That is exactly what genuine medical care is. This applies to both doctors and the general public -- due to a lack of understanding about the direct link of sickness to the patient's frame of mind, a lot of them around the world receive misdirected medical care. They are subject to unnecessary examinations and medications and are eventually referred to a different hospital because the sickness was not cured. If the cause remains unknown even after that, they will be diagnosed with a mental illness and given strong medications. On the contrary, I often encounter patients who were cured without medicine just by listening to their story and giving advice. And so, I would like more people to realize that medical treatment that focuses on the "heart" is important aside from focusing on the disease itself.

Everyone tends to have a negative perception about getting sick; however, sickness is oftentimes a message. One example is a test result that shows figures exceeding normal values. In other words, it is a message saying that they need to fix the course of their life because it is not in order. The same thing can be said about the mind -- if a person feels sick, their state of mind is biased. I believe that it is the mind telling you to observe moderation. It is important to positively accept that sickness does not happen by coincidence and that it is definitely caused by something.

Once you get sick and realize and appreciate the wonderfulness of being healthy, and turn it into something positive, your mindset will change from that moment. From there on, if you start thinking of becoming healthy to make a difference in the world or to make someone happy, getting sick will no longer become a negative thing. Instead, it will become significant learning for that person. While I treat my patients both in mind and body, my desire for them is to understand that sickness is a chance to make their lives change for the better and to be happy.

I realized that desire when my wife, who is also a doctor, got sick. She was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), an incurable disease of unknown cause, and has been fighting for against it for 7 years. Now, she is on a ventilator and could no longer move her body without assistance. Looking at her, I thought that there is definitely a reason why she became sick. I took the opportunity to resign from my job in the university hospital to pursue private practice. While taking care of my wife and parenting my kids, I redefined my life from the day I opened my own clinic until it took off.
Had she not get sick, I would have not accomplished what I am doing now, and I would have probably remained in the university hospital with no practical experience of providing "medical care with emotional support". My wife, who already accepted her illness, also believed that I was born to help more people. In this era of modern medicine, no one will probably believe my story and conclude it as nonsense; however, these all made sense to me. And I really think that those who believe in it will live a much greater life. In the future, I would like to actively promote the idea of providing medical care with emotional support to more people through media broadcasts, write-ups, and lectures within Japan.

I also want to educate like-minded healthcare workers about my cause. Also, I believe that this may be the most difficult part, but if emotional care for patients is incorporated as a part of the curriculum for doctors, new doctors will learn to look at intellect and emotion of the same value at an early stage, which will make their way towards true medical care. For it to become possible, it is important to acquire all scientific bases of providing emotional support for patients that they are handling in their clinical practice. I would like my patients to receive something extra like inspiring words or renewed spirit before they go back to their homes. And, with hopes of making "medical care with emotional support" a global standard, I would like to keep taking good care of each of my patients in my day to day work.

Kensuke Kimura
Kensuke Kimura

KIMURA CLINIC

President
Kensuke Kimura