Ep. 87 – Naohiro Shibuya, DPM – JFAS Editor, Associate Professor/Research/UTRGV

Dr. Shibuya earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Temple University and Master of Science degree in clinical investigation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 

Dr. Shibuya is an Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Chairperson of the Council of National Registry Management for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Prior to UTRGV, he served as Chief of the Podiatry Section under Surgical Services at Central Texas VA Health Care System, where he also served as a member of the Podiatric Surgical Advisory Board for the National Surgery Office, National Podiatry Field Advisory Committee for the Office of Patient Care Services under Veterans Health Administration, Chief Podiatry Consultant for VISN 17, and VA Site Director for the Baylor Scott and White Residency Program. 

Academically, he was a professor of surgery at Texas A&M University, College of Medicine prior to UTRGV, where he trained hundreds of students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. He served as a Director of the Continue Medical Education Committee for the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and Chair of the Annual Scientific Conference Committee for the ACFAS. He is also a faculty of AO North America. 

In research, he specializes in health services research, epidemiology, and large data analysis, leading to over 100 peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapters, and consensus statements. Clinically, he is a fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Foot, Rearfoot Reconstructive, and Ankle surgeries.

Dr. Jensen and Dr. Richey emphasize the importance of research in podiatric medicine and encourage students to pursue research opportunities. Dr. Shibuya shares his own journey into research, starting during his residency program when he had the opportunity to do a research project in San Antonio. This experience sparked his interest in research and led him to pursue a fellowship with UT San Antonio, where he focused on research and clinical work.

According to Dr. Shibuya, research is crucial in advancing the field of podiatric medicine. He believes that the profession needs to move towards evidence-based medicine and that research plays a vital role in providing the evidence needed to support clinical practices. Dr. Shibuya also emphasizes the importance of questioning established practices and seeking the truth through research.

For students interested in research, Dr. Shibuya advises finding a mentor with research experience. Mentors can provide guidance and support throughout the research process, including study design, data analysis, and publication. He also suggests utilizing resources like YouTube to learn more about research methods and statistics.

In terms of research opportunities in podiatric medicine, Dr. Shibuya suggests that diabetic foot research is an important area to focus on due to its impact on a large number of people. He also mentions the potential for research in areas like ankle fractures and the importance of collaboration among different registries and research initiatives.



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