Japanese government honors UH medical school admissions director
Satoru Izutsu, the former director of admissions and vice-dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at University of Hawaii in Manoa, received the Order of the Rising Sun Medal by the Government of Japan for leading EUH help in Okinawa.
Izutsu led the medical school’s efforts to help Okinawa after the world war II. The Japanese prefecture was in dire need of doctors, so EUH and Chubu Hospital in Okinawa began a 50-year physician training collaboration.
âToday in the 500-bed Chubu Hospital there are more than 130 doctors, 70% of whom are graduates of the EUH-Chubu program, âHonolulu Consul General Koichi Ito said.
âThis award was made possible through the support of a generation of scholars from the John A. Burns School of Medicine,â said Izutsu. He also said that the national decoration is “really their reward”, referring to EUH partners at Chubu Hospital.
Izutsu, 89, retired from EUH in December 2017 after three decades of service.
“I can’t think of anyone who meets the expectations of this award as effectively as Dr Izutsu,” said JABSOM Dean Jerris Hurdles.
Learn more about the Order of the Rising Sun medal
The Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon, is the third highest honor bestowed by the Japanese government and the highest honor for a non-citizen of Japan. Given in the name of the Emperor of Japan, it commemorates distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, progress in fields, development of welfare or preservation of the environment.
For more on this story, including photographs from the ceremony, go to JABSOM website.
âBy Tina Shelton