West 18th Street
Hand Clinic
Specialized in Hand Surgery & Hand Therapy

Dr. Makoto Tamai, a orthopaedic surgeon who is specialized in hand surgery started his private practice at the West 18th Strret Hand Clinic in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 2010.  The clinic holds an operation room and a rehabilitation room.  Two specialized hand therapists are working with Dr. Tamai for postoperative rehabilitation and manual therapy.  We are providing professional treatments for problems of hands and upperextremities including traumas and chronic disorders.

Opened :  Monday through Saturday , 9:00 ~ 18:00

Day Surgery : Everyday

Closed :   Sunday and Holiday

Payment using Credit Card (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, DINERS) is available for Surgeries.

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About Doctor

1991    Makoto Tamai graduated from Kurume University School of Medicine.   He was approved as a Medical Doctor by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan and  became a member of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA).

1993    Makoto Tamai, MD became a member of the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand (JSSH).

1996    Makoto Tamai, MD completed the post-gladuate course of Immunology at the Kurume University.

1998    Makoto Tamai, MD was approved as an Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA).

2000    Makoto Tamai, MD completed 1 year's Preceptorship at the Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

2003    Makoto Tamai, MD completed 2 years' Fellowship for Hand and Microsurgery at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute, Louisville, KY, USA.

2005    Makoto Tamai, MD organized the Heisei Hand Surgery Study Group and is holding annual Wrist Surgery Workshop (WSWS) in Japan since 2008.

2009    Makoto Tamai, MD was approved as a member of the International Wrist Investigators Workshop (IWIW).

2010    Makoto Tamai, MD and his family moved to Sapporo.

2012    Makoto Tamai, MD opened West 18th Street Hand Clinic.  He was approved as an International Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).


Sapporo Medicare-center Bldg, 1-27 Odori Nishi 17-chome, Cho-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan


The Sapporo Medicare-center Bldg can be found between the "Sapporo Nissan" and "Sapporo Kagaku Gijutsu Senmon Gakkou" on the South side of the South Odori. 


To Book an Appointment for a Consultation

Patient who can speak and understand Japanese language : Please call +81 (11) 621-4263 and talk with our secretariat to schedule your appointment.

Patient who cannot speak or understand Japanese language : Please send an e-mail including the following information (in English) and your preferable arrival date to w18street@handclinic.jp. We will check the mail in a couple of days and send you back a booking informartion. Please note that an appointment is not booked unless you receive our response.

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