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Hitoshi "Toshi" Nikaidoh (1968-2003)
We dedicate this book to our dear friend, Dr. Toshi Nikaidoh, who led by example, always beyond the call of duty, and along the way, taught so many of us about so many important things about life.
As a surgeon-to-be, he tutored fellow lower-level medical students on not only how to master the challenges of gross anatomy but also how to develop the skillful art of dissection and respect for the human body.
As a spiritual leader, he taught his youth group not only the meaning of good fellowship by recalling good times spent on missionary travels abroad, but also the value of good worship by sharing his faith along the way.
As a physician, he taught patients not only to hope when all hope is lost but also to have faith through which peace can be found.
And as a friend, son, brother, or just that smiling doctor in the hallway with the bow tie, he taught us how truly possible it is for one person to make a world of difference.
Toshi's dedication to academics and education, his compassion for the sick and less fortunate, and his tireless devotion to his faith, family, and friends have all continued to touch and change lives of all who knew him, and even of all who only knew of him.
Miki Takase, MD
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
St. Joseph Medical Center Ob/Gyn Resident
Written on behalf of Toshi's many friends,
classmates, fellow residents, staff, and faculty at
University of Texas Medical School at Houston and
St. Joseph Medical Center
In the memory of Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh, who demonstrated unselfishness, love for his fellow man, and compassion for everyone around him. He is the best example of the physician healer, and we were blessed to have known him.
To my wife, Irene; the children, Chip, Jennifer, Jocelyn, Tricia, and Trey; and the medical students, each of whom has taught me something of value.
To my students and colleagues, who bring joy and advancement to the teaching of anatomy; and to my family for their endless support.
To my parents Kiriaki and Alexander, and my wife Beth, for their support, love, and encouragement.