A brand-new platform connecting
foreign visitors to Japan & HCP (Doctor / Nurse)

HCP = "Health Care Professionals", doctors and nurses participating on UrDoc

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UrDoc = Your (Ur) + Doctor

A medical platform that transcends beyond color, language, and nationality

"Japan's medical system is great"
This is what many people have felt after their experiences with hospitals both inside and outside Japan.
But it is also true that Japan's medical system is not always accessible to everyone.
No matter how good the system is, when you`re away from home, you worry about getting sick in a foreign country.

That is exactly why we've started a service which enables foreign visitors/residents in Japan to have access to health care providers (HCP) online when sudden medical attention is needed.
"UrDoc" is a brand-new online service that connects visitors/residents in Japan to HCPs using a familiar language.
*Available languages depend on the language skills of HCPs. Our list is always growing!

Creating a brand-new service which gives you sense of comfort and security anytime, anywhere you are. Supporting people with different languages to connect to Japan's secure medical services.
This is our hope and the fundamental philosophy on which UrDoc was founded.
Connecting patient and docs online, Spring 2018.

  • A new platform
    you & HCP
  • Consulting your concerns
    about your health
    in various languages
  • Referral to secure
    medical institution
    you can visit

Our Team

Service providers

Kazunari Karahashi, M.D.

Kazunari Karahashi, M.D.

Founder of UrDoc

When I was a high school student in United States, I experienced severe anaphylactic shock after eating shellfish in a foreign country.
I woke up and found myself lying down on bed in the ICU. Everybody surrounding me spoke English but one doctor was a Japanese-American. I was very relieved when the doctor said something in Japanese.
Having health issue in foreign country can suddenly turn a person's "having-fun-mode" into tough situation for visitors while traveling overseas.
With UrDoc, you can see healthcare professional's availability and book instantly online. UrDoc consults your health issues with text and video chat.
As a medical doctor, I have been helping patients for years in Tokyo where people from all over the world visit. I have found out that there is a limitation to solve health issue of many foreign visitors as one doctor. That is why I have made up my mind to invent UrDoc in order to help as many people as possible.
I am sure UrDoc will provide an entirely new medical option for foreign visitors when they need medical attention.


  • Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine
    Special Award of the Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Ebina General Hospital
  • St. Luke’s International Hospital, Tokyo,Japan
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sagamihara Kyodo Hospital, Emergency Department, Kanagawa, Japan
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Board certified industrial doctor of Japan Medical Association
  • Japan Society of Plastic and reconstructive Surgery
  • Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association
Fumiya Kitamura, M.D.

Fumiya Kitamura, M.D.

Partner Doctor

There are several healthcare services available in Japan. Generally, the current services are not for the end-users (patients) but for the healthcare professionals. This supposed to be beneficial to patients or patients-to-be. From this point of view, I believe there is room for improvement in healthcare services, and UrDoc certainly will be a great solution for the people.
I have worked in Okinawa for years, a well-known part of the nation as medically depopulated region, and series of experiences as a doctor have allowed me to be equipped with the knowledge and motivation to support pre-hospital service, UrDoc.

I will support UrDoc as much as possible to provide pre-hospital service for people who need it.


  • Aichi Medical University, School of Medicine
  • Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital
  • Chubu Rosai Hospital, Aichi, Japan Department of Nephrology・Connective Tissue Disease
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Japan College of Rheumatology
  • Japanese Society of Nephrology
  • The Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy
  • Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
Seigo Takano, M.D.

Seigo Takano, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

As a doctor and also as the manager of a hospital, I support this socially innovative business, UrDoc. I have been conducting series of reformation and innovation to provide better medical solution for patients. In my opinion, this business, UrDoc, has great mission to reform and innovate current medical care into a better situation.

Frankly, I am very thrilled to witness the new wave that UrDoc will bring into medical market. Innovation takes efforts and patient, yet people need this business. I wish society will appropriate this business with such important mission, and UrDoc will be beneficial to many people.


  • Nihon University, School of Medicine
  • Nihon University, Graduate School, Ph.D Programn
  • Nihon University, School of Medicine, Visiting Professor
  • Worked at Nihon University Hospital, National Cancer Center Hospital
  • 2001- Sagamihara Kyodo Hospital
  • 2006- Hospital Manager of Sagamihara Kyodo Hospital
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Board Certified Member of Japanese Surgical Society / Senior Fellow of the Japanese Surgical Society
  • Board Certified Member of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery / Senior Fellow of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery
  • Director of Japan Hospital Association
  • Executive Director of Kanagawa Hospital Association
  • Vice President of Sagamihara Hospital Association
Gautam A. Deshpande, M.D.

Gautam A. Deshpande, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

As a general internal medicine physician and American living in Japan, I am strongly interested in ensuring that tourists and other visitors to Japan can access the many high quality medical services that are available in Japan. Online medical consultation is a valuable use of current technology and a great option for visitors to Japan.

UrDoc plays an important role in this field and I hope this opportunity as a senior medical advisor will enhance and promote the quality of UrDoc project.

Safe trip with UrDoc!


  • Dept. of Internal Medicine, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA
    Internal Medicine Internship and Residency
  • Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Kuakini Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
    Hospitalist, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
    Staff Physician and Post Medical Advisor
  • St. Luke's International University, Tokyo, Japan
    Vide Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
    Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Dept. of General Internal Medicine
Affiliated Academic Society
  • Member, American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • Member, Hawaii Medical Society
  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • Member, Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

In preparation for Official Service Launch

UrDoc will open HCP application for doctors & nurses to participate and start newsletter subscription for users in order to provide fullest service for official launch in spring 2018.
Should you have any questions or need more information, please contact us.

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