U.S. doctor, invited by HICARE, learns about radiation medicine in A-bombed city

Babak Kalantari, 36, a medical doctor from the United States, began a training program in Hiroshima on July 7. He has been invited by the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), an entity maintained by Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and other organizations. On his first day, Dr. Kalantari visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Naka Ward. Until July 11, he will study relief measures and current practices of radiation medicine for A-bomb survivors.

Dr. Kalantari works at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as a specialist in breast cancer and other diseases. In the museum, he saw a watch that stopped at 8:15 a.m., the time the atomic bomb exploded, and models which show the state of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing. The training program will include an exchange of views with researchers at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Minami Ward and a visit to Kurakae Nozomi-en, a special nursing home for A-bomb survivors in Asakita Ward.

A total of 420 participants from 18 nations, Dr. Kalantari among them, have taken part in HICARE training since 1991, the year the training program was launched. Dr. Kalantari said, “I would like to learn from the expertise on radiation therapy that has accumulated in Hiroshima, and use this knowledge in our work in the United States.”

(Originally published on July 8, 2014)