News Brief: Dean Hedges leads JABSOM team to Japan, Taiwan

In an ongoing effort to expand collaboration between Asia-Pacific nations and the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Dean Jerris Hedges, Vice Dean Satoru Izutsu, and Dr. Henry Lew visited Tokyo Bay Hospital in Japan and Taipei Medical University in Taiwan in late February. They also paid a call of the Taiwan Ministry of Health in Taipei, where our main photograph was taken.

The trip to Japan’s Tokyo Bay Hospital coincided with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for new facilities and the dedication of a bronze statue in honor of prominent Japanese bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928).

In Taiwan, in addition to the Health Ministry visit, discussions with key officials of Chung Shan Medical University were on the agenda, to explore scholarly exchange programs. This summer, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at JABSOM, chaired by Dr. Lew, will begin an “Aloha Professorship Program” involving the Taiwan institution.  The program is intended to attract nationally and internationally renowned professors to visit Hawai’i for a series of lectures and initiate research collaboration involving JABSOM.

Pictured: On February 15th in Honolulu, Paul Chang, the Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, met with Dean Hedges, Dr. Izutsu, and Dr. Lew to discuss the upcoming trip.

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