As part of its mission, the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) routinely plays host to clinicians, worldwide. Rarely, however, does it host representatives from a cross an entire developed nation. This was the case today, when David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of SALSA, welcomed nurses and surgeons from across Japan, most notably from Tokyo University and Kawasaki University. We always enjoy having guests in our SALSA bowl”, noted Armstrong, “This visit, however, was particularly gratifying, as all clinicians wanted to immediately go back to their respective facilities to effect positive change.” In addition to touring the clinical facilities, guests visited the renowned cellular transplantation laboratory of Dr. Rilo to see conjoined SALSA projects there as well as the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC), which provides an unparalleled “virtual training” experience for physicians, surgeons, nurses and emergency personnel.
Armstrong (front row, center) hosts a group led by Prof. Takahiko Moriguchi (front row, second from left) and Hiromi Sanada (front row, second from right) from across Japan.