Mitsuru Sasako, MD, PhD

Mitsuru Sasako, MD, PhD, brings a wealth of expertise and experience to his role as a distinguished member of Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer’s Scientific Medical Advisory Board. With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Dr. Sasako has been at the forefront of upper gastrointestinal surgery and surgical oncology. His tireless dedication to advancing the field is evident through his extensive list of accomplishments, including his pioneering work on surgical clinical trials and the establishment of standard treatments for gastric cancer patients both in Japan and internationally.

Dr. Sasako’s commitment to transparency and patient advocacy stems from a deeply personal experience, having lost his father to cancer in 1984. This event spurred him to champion truthfulness in medical practice and to advocate for genuine informed consent procedures in Japan. Alongside his professional achievements, Dr. Sasako’s faith journey has also played a pivotal role in shaping his outlook and motivations. Following his baptism in 2015, he has found fulfillment in supporting and advising those in vulnerable positions, particularly within the healthcare sector. Dr. Sasako’s multifaceted contributions to the medical community underscore his unwavering dedication to improving patient outcomes and advancing the field of surgical oncology.