To clearly demonstrate that our heart specialty hospital is genuinely committed to treating feet and lower limb veins, we opened Center for Leg Health & Vein Care on April 1, 2024. In 2023, we performed 379 surgeries (555 limbs), primarily on an outpatient basis. The first Tokai Venous Society regional meeting was held in Nagoya in February, indicating increased activity in the Tokai region. With the establishment of this new center, we anticipate a further increase in cases and are seeking individuals who are passionate about lower limb venous treatments.


In the field of cardiology, encountering lower limb venous diseases is common, yet it remains an underdeveloped area. Because it is a broad field, we believe it is a blue ocean where everyday clinical questions can be resolved through clinical research and fed back into daily practice. This approach will benefit our patients and all those suffering from lower limb venous diseases. The conditions you will be dealing with include lower limb varicose veins, functional venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, venous ulcers, cellulitis, and more.

Typically, lower limb varicose veins are referred from cardiology to surgery, but issues arising from lower limb veins that may coexist with systemic diseases are rarely referred back to internal medicine. However, literature reports that chronic venous insufficiency is associated with atherosclerotic lesions. Our research has shown that 35% of patients with chronic venous insufficiency have a coronary artery calcium score of 100 or higher (moderate or higher coronary artery calcification). Until now, detailed examinations for conditions like angina have not been conducted, with treatments focusing solely on the feet. By adopting a perspective that considers both the feet and the entire body, we can offer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for risk groups with asymptomatic angina, a capability unique to a heart center. We aim to assist in maintaining the overall health of our patients through the treatment of lower limb varicose veins, a segment within the cardiovascular field.

Leveraging diverse experiences such as overseas studies, international conferences, thesis writing, and lab management, we strive to develop and nurture talent within the Heart Center in this evolving field of lower limb veins. We provide guidance not only in clinical practice but also in research planning, international conference presentations, and thesis writing. We also offer consultation for overseas studies.

Currently, our team, led by Tomita, collaborates with a multidisciplinary foot care team to support surgeries, outpatient care, inpatient care, and research. Are you ready to row together into the blue ocean? Our motto is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” We welcome anyone interested. If you want to join us or hear more about our work, please contact us.

Gifu Heart Center Phone: 058(277)2277 Shinji Tomita Email:

Recruitment Details

We are looking for candidates who have completed their initial residency training and up to around ten years post-graduation. Applicants should be interested in focusing on lower limb veins, regardless of their prior specialty. We are positioned as an affiliated educational institution under the surgical specialist and cardiovascular surgery specialist systems.