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Masayuki Chida is Professor and Chief of the General Thoracic Surgery Department at Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine, and is Deputy Director of the University Hospital. He serves as the President of JATS since 2023, the Past-President of JACS, and the Congress President for JACS Annual Meeting in 2024. He also served as the Vice President of the Japan Society for Respiratory Endoscopy. Dr. Chida has contributed to clinical practice, research, and education in general thoracic surgery in Japan for almost 40 years. His clinical focus in general thoracic surgery includes lung cancer surgery, extended resection, pulmonary intervention, and lung transplantation.