Hiroo Suami

Associate Professor

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Dr. Suami (MD, PhD) trained in Japan as a reconstructive microsurgeon. He was admitted to the Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999. Dr Suami started lymphatic research in 2001 when he worked in the Reconstructive Microsurgery Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr Suami developed a novel radiographic technique to demonstrate the lymphatic system in a cadaver model in 2003 and in 2005 he was awarded the Basic Science Award from the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in the USA. In 2009, Dr Suami joined the Department of Plastic Surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas as Assistant Professor and a director of the microsurgery research centre. Here he developed a large animal model for lymphoedema and assisted with indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography in over 250 surgical lymphoedema cases. Dr Suami was recruited to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University in 2015 and works with the Australian Lymphatic Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT).  

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Research Outputs 2003 2018

A fresh cadaver study on indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography: a new whole-body imaging technique for investigating the superficial lymphatics

Shinaoka, A., Koshimune, S., Yamada, K., Kumagishi, K., Suami, H., Kimata, Y. & Ohtsuka, A., 1 May 2018, In : Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 141, 5, p. 1161-1164 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Whole Body Imaging
Indocyanine Green
Lymphatic Vessels

Anatomy of the lymphatic system and the lymphosome concept with reference to lymphedema

Suami, H. & Scaglioni, M. F., 1 Feb 2018, In : Seminars in Plastic Surgery. 32, 1, p. 5-11 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Lymphatic System
Lymphatic Vessels
Lymph Node Excision

Breast cancer-related lymphedema: differentiating fat from fluid using magnetic resonance imaging segmentation

Sen, Y., Quan, Y., Koelmeyer, L., Borotkanics, R., Ricketts, R., Mackie, H., Lam, T. C., Ho Shon, K., Suami, H. & Boyages, J., Feb 2018, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 16, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Cryogenic numbing to reduce injection discomfort during Indocyanine green lymphography

Suami, H., Heydon-White, A., Mackie, H., Koelmeyer, L. & Boyages, J., 12 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Reconstructive Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Enhancement of lymphatic vessels in the superficial layer in a rat model of a lymphedematous response

Matsumoto, K., Kosaka, J., Suami, H. & Kimata, Y., May 2018, In : Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open. 6, 5, p. 1-8 8 p., e1770.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation

Introducing ALERT – an Australian Model of Lymphoedema Care

Louise A Koelmeyer (Speaker), Quan Ngo (Speaker), Helen Mackie (Speaker), Thomas Lam (Speaker), Hiroo Suami (Speaker), Asha Heydon-White (Speaker), John Boyages (Speaker)
14 Mar 2017

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