Sumio Hoka is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Kyushu University, Japan. He graduated in 1978 at the Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Japan. In 1985-1987 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA, where he researched anesthetic effects on the reflex regulation of circulation. Sumio is currently working, as an anesthesiologist, in clinical anesthesia in the operating room, and in the pain clinic as well as in palliative care. His interest in pain management led him to the questions about the abilities of medicines treating chronic pain and cancer pain. He followed his interest in considering the different cultural aspects of pain (east versus the west) and the expression of pain in literature. He published books entitled “Listen to the voice of pain” (2005) and “Between sleep and awake” (2009) both in Japanese.
Website: Prof. Sumio Hoka
Book Project: Can the understanding of Pain & Suffering end Suffering?