Shadan Taishikai Kobayashi Clinic Medical Corporation


Hiroshi Kobayashi

Hiroshi Kobayashi
Through my Own Hand and Not the Hand of God

The Kobayashi Clinic, which professes to be a pain clinic, is an outpatient facility that specializes in treating pain. To date, as a healthcare professional and generalist, I have personally confronted the pain and various other symptoms suffered by patients. Particularly in Japan, many people are not familiar with the term pain clinic, and it has yet to become firmly established as a field of therapy. Having said that, there are many people suffering from pain, not only in Japan but throughout the world. From time to time, patients describe my ability to rescue them from such a condition as the “hands of God.” But technique and experience are not created by God; it is the culmination of what I have done. That is why I always regard my hands as my own. Moving forward, I want to continue with my daily efforts using these hands to help as many patients as possible.

Year of Birth
Saitama Prefecture
Shadan Taishikai Kobayashi Clinic Medical Corporation
Asahi-cho 2-5-8, Honjo-shi, Saitama Prefecture
Type of business
Pain clinic (anesthesiology), plastic surgery, general surgery, internal medicine
A Generalist Confronting All Forms of Illness

As a disciple of the late Professor Masayoshi Hyodo, a worldwide authority on pain from Osaka Medical College, I devoted myself to study and practice across each field of medicine. Then in 1995, I opened the Kobayashi Clinic in my hometown of Honjo, Saitama Prefecture. In addition to operating as a pain clinic (engaged in the treatment of pain), the clinic deals with many other forms of treatment from plastic surgery and rehabilitation to allergology, rheumatology, mental medicine, surgery and internal medicine, as well as eastern medicine including herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Pain clinics were originally established as a field of medicine some six decades ago in the United States. Their aim was to provide healing and prevention by removing pain through a single injection that would not require surgery, primarily with therapies involving special injections such as nerve blocks and trigger point injections. As most treatment involves only an outpatient visit without admission to hospital, it has become popular with many patients.

On the other hand, it is also an advanced form of medicine requiring high-level knowledge, experience and technical capabilities on the part of the doctor.
For that reason, facilities professing to be pain clinics in Japan are few and far between. Especially compared with the Kansai region, there is currently a severe lack of such facilities in the Kanto area.

Just as there are as many distinct faces as there are people, there is a wide range of methods for treating pain. That is why I want to continue to be a generalist familiar with all fields of medicine, as a professional specialist in all forms of pain.
On successive days, the Kobayashi Clinic will be visited by patients that other facilities have given up on. In fact, many patients visit after being referred by other doctors, saying that “even a university hospital can’t handle this.” Since I have also personally specialized in emergency medicine (ER), the clinic accepts patients suffering from all manner of illnesses, even those who arrive in ambulances.

That is another reason why I think it is important to turn high risk into low return by honing my own skills. As medicine in Japan today is increasingly breaking up into specialized fields, it has become commonplace for a doctor specializing in circulatory systems to be unable to examine respiratory systems, or one specializing in respiratory systems to be unable to examine a heart. I think this is a serious issue, and I have pressed on down the road of becoming a generalist to change this situation.

You can only become a skilled doctor by being a good doctor

Whatever the illness a patient is suffering from, as long as I am there the Kobayashi Clinic will never refuse to treat them out of hand. Moreover, all staff including myself place an emphasis on “heartfelt communication,” and make thorough efforts to facilitate the early discovery and early treatment of disease.

Recently, for instance, I deal with a high-school baseball player taking part in the Koshien tournament, who had been diagnosed by another facility who told him that “your only option is surgery.” I provided treatment that allowed him to compete in an important prefectural game that was to take place two days later. He progressed towards recovery without undergoing surgery, and realized his dream of playing in the Koshien tournament. Doctors are not expected to fail. Giving up then and there is easy, but the desire to allow people to fulfill their dreams through the power of medical treatment has been a driving force for me.

To put it another way, a doctor’s job is to contend with tremendous drama on a daily basis. That is why, when presented with a patient in trouble, I will never say “I can’t see you!” As long as the patient is in front of me, I tackle their treatment with the attitude that “yesterday is yesterday, today is today, and tomorrow is tomorrow!” as part of my efforts to build a fan base out of my patients.

Also, the purpose of medical treatment is not to make money. Above all else, caring about each and every patient is what’s important. That is why I will sometimes purposely treat employees harshly, and at other times gently. If we can care about our patients and heal them, I am happy to play the part of the villain to staff when necessary.

We have now entered an era in which it is said that “your life expectancy will vary depending on which doctor you consult!” As extreme population aging advances, healthcare expenses are set to rise higher and higher. Even under those circumstances, at the Kobayashi Clinic we want to reduce the number of bedridden elderly patients as much as possible, and we will do our utmost to make that happen. Whatever the worry or difficulty, I hope patients come in for a consultation as soon as possible.

Finally, I’d like to say that it is the patients themselves who decide if someone is a good doctor or a skilled doctor. There are some who themselves claim to be skilled doctors, but whether I fit that description is something I leave up to my patients to decide. Since once can only become a skilled doctor by being a good doctor, I hope to continue trying hard to perform medicine in my own humble way so that that can be something that everyone thinks about me.

Hiroshi Kobayashi
Hiroshi Kobayashi

*Information accurate as of time of publication.

Shadan Taishikai Kobayashi Clinic Medical Corporation

Hiroshi Kobayashi