This focused issue on “Empyema” is edited by Dr. Satoshi Shiono, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital, Yamagata, Japan.
Dr. Shiono graduated from Yamagata University School of Medicine in 1992. He received his PhD from the Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine from the Yamagata University School of Medicine. Following his fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Yamagata University Hospital, he became Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Yamagata Prefectural Nihonkai Hospital in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a resident of the Division of Thoracic Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Chiba. Currently, he is the Chief of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital. Dr. Shiono’s medical interests includes multi-disciplinary treatment for lung cancer, sublobar resection for lung cancer, surgical pathology, perioperative management, and pulmonary metastasis.