Chief, Department of Neurosurgery,
Director, Stroke Center,
Yasuaki Inoue is the Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Director of the Stroke Center at Nadogaya Hospital, Japan, who graduated from Kyoto University in 2013. Yasuaki finished his fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His primary interest had been in cerebrovascular disease, skull base tumor, and microvascular decompression until becoming the department chief in 2021 when he started organizing the team-based system to screen, diagnose and treat idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). The annual number of shunt surgeries for iNPH increased dramatically to 121 in 2022, while the total number of surgeries in the department almost doubled to 556.
Yasuaki’s first-line procedure for iNPH is a lumbar-peritoneal shunt (LP shunt) under local anesthesia. He is always open to any discussion regarding surgical techniques in and outside his facility to organize the easiest and safest method of LP shunt surgery, which is still unperfected to eliminate avoidable complications.
Yasuaki is now intensely interested in iNPH to see the enormous potential in both science and healthcare. He is motivated to become one of the next generation’s leaders in this field to disperse the proper knowledge of this disease to physicians and the public.