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March 19, 1982

Ogoshi Sen Sai, A Great and Humble Man

JAMA. 1982;247(11):1617. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320360061039

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I have had many outstanding teachers but have never been exposed to one who is as knowledgeable and humble as the man I recently met when I traveled to Japan to observe Japanese endoscopic techniques. I had written Dr Kazuei Ogoshi of Niigata Cancer Center months before, and he consented to my coming. Dr Ogoshi was responsible for the design of one of the scopes we use today for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and for directly or indirectly teaching this technique to most of the Western world.

In 1969, Dr Ogoshi became the third person in the world to do ERCP. Over the next few years he taught the endoscopists from England, West Germany, and the United States. Soon after this, Dr Ogoshi came to the United States to enlighten physicians at Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts.

I arrived at the Niigata airport and was greeted personally by Dr Ogoshi.