Division and Department

Department of Urology

Tomonori HABUCHI, M.D. (Urology)

A Greeting from the Professor

The Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, is recognized nationally for pioneering research in genitourinary oncology (especially prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer), kidney transplantation, and laparoscopic/robotic urologic surgeries. In addition, the expertise of our department covers the spectrum of clinical urology, including genitourinary reconstructive surgeries, urinary tract infection, pediatric urology, male infertility and female urology. Mainly, we are currently working on developing novel molecular diagnostics and therapies for major urologic cancers using recent molecular biological techniques.

In treating genitourinary cancer patients, we emphasize multimodal therapies, including complex surgical procedures and systemic chemotherapies, with careful attention given to quality-of-life issues. We are also trying to improve our outcome in kidney transplantation by pharmacogenetic and molecular immunological approaches. Our vast clinical experience and ongoing research have been presented at many international meetings and published in many international journals. Our publication list is visible at:

Another clinical area of special expertise is laparoscopic/robotic urologic surgery - a minimally invasive surgery that results in shorter hospital stays, less discomfort, low complication rate and a shorter recovery period.We are performing routinely and safely the following urologic surgeries by laparoscopic procedures: donor nephrectomy, nephrectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy for kidney tumors, total nephroureterectomy, radical prostatectomy, radical cystectomy, orchidopexy, pyelo- or ureterolithotomy, and so on.Because the DaVinci surgical system has been introduced since 2012, radical prostatectomy has been routinely performed by this robotic laparoscopic technique. In addition, robotic partial nephrectomy and robotic radical cystectomy are now being performed successfully in our department.

I believe that our department provides the highest quality urologic patient care available and that an ever-increasing number of patients will continue to benefit from the department's pioneering research and innovative clinical care in the future.


Tomonori HABUCHI, M.D. (Urology)
Associate Professor:
Norihiko TSUCHIYA, M.D.

Shintaro NARITA, M.D.
Takamitsu INOUE, M.D.

Research Areas

  1. DNA polymorphisms associated with genesis and progression of urologic cancers (Prostate cancer, bladder cancer, renal cell cancer, testicular cancer).
  2. Identifications of molecular markers that distinguish urologic cancers with high malignant potential.
  3. Novel approach for reconstruction and regeneration of pelvic nerves involved in erection and micturition.
  4. Extensive urologic laparoscopic surgeries for kidney and upper urinary tract, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and other urologic diseases.
  5. Urinary reconstructive surgeries maintaining high QOL.
  6. Novel chemotherapeutic approach for advanced urologic cancers
  7. Pharmacogenetic studies on immunosuppressive drugs and anti-cancer drugs.
  8. Identification of immunologic and genetic parameters affecting the outcome of renal transplantation.
  9. Novel immunosuppressive regimens for high risk kidney transplantation.

Contact Information

Associate Professor Norihiko TSUCHIYA
Phone: +81-18-81-84-6156
Fax: +81-18-836-2619
E-mail: tsuchiya@med.akita-u.ac.jp