CRIFM Prenatal Medical Clinic Doctor Introduction

Ritsuko Kimata Pooh

President Ritsuko Kimata Pooh

With the motto, "There is no fetal diagnosis without fetal diagnosis," I see all the babies at CRIFM.
I became an obstetrician and gynecologist because I was fascinated by the wonder of life. I am particularly interested in fetal development in early pregnancy and the fetal central nervous system, and specialize in perinatal medicine, prenatal diagnosis, fetal ultrasound, and fetal neurology. He has been studying and researching on fetal diagnosis and was the first in Japan to obtain an NT certification from the FMF (Fetal Medicine Foundation), and is now highly regarded internationally as "Dr. Pooh" when it comes to fetal brain. Based on the policy that prenatal diagnosis is the starting point, we provide prenatal diagnosis that is close to the patient.
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Graduated from Hyogo Prefectural Kobe High School
Graduated from Department of Law, Keio University, (L.L.B)
Graduated from Medical Department, Tokushima University (MD, Ph,D.)
Graduated from Master of Science, Chinese University Hong Kong (MSc)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University (2022)

Yoichi Matsubara

Vice president/Head of Genetic Counseling Yoichi Matsubara

Dr. Yoichi Matsubara began his training as a pediatrician at the Kanagawa Children's Medical Center, where he was a junior colleague of Dr. Chiyo from CRIFM during their time in Kanagawa. He then contributed to genetic medicine in Japan as an expert in genetic diseases, focusing on congenital metabolic disorders, through his work at universities and research facilities both in Japan and overseas. Known in his youth for his noble-like gentle features and given the nickname "The Noble Young Man," Dr. Matsubara is a researcher in genomic medicine who has always valued each of his patients' children with his calm counseling, earning immense trust from their families.


1971: Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University
1982: Researcher at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
1984: Researcher in the Department of Human Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine
2000: Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University
2013: Director of the National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, National Research and Development Agency
2018 - Present: Trustee of the National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, National Research and Development Agency, Emeritus Professor at Tohoku University, Visiting Professor
Pediatrician for prenatal consultation, Japanese Pediatric Association

Hideaki Chiyo

Vice President Hideaki Chiyo

He is the vice president of our hospital and has a deep knowledge of genetic counseling. He is in charge of genetic counseling as the head of the clinical genetics department, based on the idea of "facing patients in a clinical setting and being close to them”. He has been conducting clinical research for over 40 years in the fields of human genetics, cytogenetics, pediatric clinical genetics, genetic counseling, and bioethics.
He has been actively involved in promoting human genetics education and genetic counseling, and was the first person in Japan to establish a course for training certified genetic counselors at Ochanomizu University. He was the first professor to be appointed. He also participates in various academic societies, and is a councilor and board member of the Japanese Society of Human Genetics, the Japanese Society of Genetic Counseling, and the Japanese Society of Pediatric Clinical Genetics.


1971 Graduated from Medical Department, Osaka University
Department of Genetics, Hyogo Medical University (Assistant Professor)
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Kanazawa Medical College (Head of Clinical Division and Head of Department of Human Genetics, Institute of Human Genetics)
Professor, Osaka Prefectural College of Nursing
Professor, Graduate School of Genetic Counselor Training, Ochanomizu University

Noriko Miyake

Head of Clinical Research Noriko Miyake

Dr. Noriko Miyake is a physician with specialized knowledge and experience in the field of genome research in Japan. As a pediatrician, Dr. Miyake's approach emphasizes empathizing with the feelings of patients and their families. She provides understanding, empathy, and gentle counseling to mothers and their children.


After graduating from Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1999, she joined the Department of Pediatrics at Nagasaki University Hospital, dedicating herself to research in her areas of expertise, including molecular genetics, human genetics, and pediatrics.
In 2006, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital.
Returned to Japan in 2008 and joined the Department of Genetics at Yokohama City University School of Medicine.
In 2010, she became an Associate Professor of Genetics at Yokohama City University School of Medicine.
In 2021, she was appointed Head of the Department of Disease Genomics at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Research Institute.

Noboru Inamura

Part-time Medical Advisor Noboru Inamura

Dr. Inamura is a doctor of medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Kinki University School of Medicine. He specializes in pediatric cardiology and fetal ultrasound, and is also the president of the Japanese Society of Fetal Cardiology and the representative secretary of the Kinki Society of Fetal Cardiology. He has received several awards as a specialist in fetal cardiology and has been a member of Team CRIFM as an advisor since 2016. He has been a consultant for Team CRIFM since 2016. In addition to fetal diagnosis, he continues to provide consultation and treatment for cardiovascular diseases even after delivery.


Mar 1987 Graduated from Asahikawa Medical University Faculty of Medicine
Jul 1987 Department of Pediatrics, Osaka University Hospital
Jul 1988 Department of Pediatrics, Ashiya Municipal Hospital
Oct 1989 Cardiology, Osaka City Children's Health Center
Oct 1990 Pediatrics, Osaka University Hospital
Apr 1992 Pediatrics, Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
Apr 2006 Deputy Director, Department of Pediatrics, Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
Jul 2016 Department of Pediatrics, Kinki University School of Medicine

Takeo Yonekura

Part-time Medical Advisor Takeo Yonekura, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Takeo Yonekura is an experienced pediatric surgeon who performs surgical and minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries on babies and children. Many of the babies’ diseases that require surgery could be diagnosed in utero, but there are some diseases that worsen in utero or require surgery immediately after birth. Dr. Yonekura explains the disease, the treatment method and the progress after the treatment in an easy-to-understand and gentle manner, and provides the best treatment plan for the baby and the family.


1983 Graduated from Osaka University School of Medicine,
Head, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Nara Prefecture General Medical Center;
Secretary, Society for Fetal Therapy

Nobuhiko Okamoto

Part-time Medical Advisor Nobuhiko Okamoto

Dr. Nobuhiko Okamoto, a part-time consultant, usually works as a laboratory director at Osaka Maternal and Child Medical Center, a specialized pediatric medical institution. He specializes in clinical genetics, neurogenetics, and congenital anomalies, and conducts daily medical treatment and research on new disease concepts and diagnostic methods in the Department of Genetics. He is also a councilor of the Japanese Society of Human Genetics and a board member of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Genetics.


1984 Department of Public Health, Osaka Prefectural Hospital
1986 Planning and Research Department, Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
1988 Kishiwada Public Health Center, Osaka Prefecture
1991 Department of Planning and Research and Department of Developmental Pediatrics, Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
2010 Chief, Department of Genetic Medicine
2016 Director, Research Institute, Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health, and Director, Molecular Genetic Disease Research Division (concurrently)