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Center for Intractable Diseases

Specialized medical services

SAKATA Yasushi Director of Center for Intractable Diseases
SAKATA Yasushi
Director of Center for Intractable Diseases

Based on the Law for Medical Treatment of Patients with Intractable Diseases, the 110 intractable diseases specified from January 1, 2015 were expanded to 306 diseases from July 2015. In addition, the number of specified chronic pediatric diseases was increased to 704 diseases by the Partial Revision of the Child Welfare Law. While the Japan Intractable Diseases Information Center has been established on the national level, the information provided on individual diseases is insufficient, and it does not provide a place for specific medical treatment. Therefore, the Center for Intractable Diseases was established in order to provide more appropriate information on intractable diseases, promote clinical trials and clinical research on intractable diseases, and promote the development of future measures against intractable diseases, including the development of treatment methods. In addition, Osaka University Hospital was designated an Osaka Prefecture Intractable Diseases Collaborative Core Hospital on November 1, 2018. Since the range of specified intractable diseases and chronic pediatric diseases is broad, each disease is treated in the respective section.


This Center is an organization for integrating the efforts on intractable diseases, so please consult the appropriate individual section for treatment or consultation on each intractable disease.

Organization of the Center for Intractable Diseases

Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Metabolic Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Clinical Immunology, Hematology and Oncology, Geriatrics and Hypertension, Kampo Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, Gastroenterological Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Neurology and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Neuropsychiatry, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Urology, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, General Medicine, Patient Support Center

Considerations in referring your patients to the Center for Intractable Diseases

If it is the first visit to this hospital, it is necessary that an appointment be made by the primary care doctor through this hospital's Patient Support Center. Referrals should be made through individual sections rather than through the Center for Intractable Diseases. Please understand that the treatment of intractable diseases is highly specialized, so that attending physicians for intractable diseases are often limited in each section, and treatment for all intractable diseases is not available.

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Information for Outpatients

Consultation times

First visit 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Revisit 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

※First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Outpatient consultation days

Monday to Friday

Non-consultation days

Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays New Year’s Holidays: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3