Dr. Yasuharu Okuda
Haru Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH
Executive Director, Center of Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
Associate Dean Emerging Healthcare and Educational Technologies
Associate Vice President Interprofessional Education & Practice
Professor, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida Health
Immediate Past President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Dr. Okuda is the Executive Director and CEO of USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), Health Professions Conferencing Corporation (HPCC). In this role, he has oversight of an 90,000 ft 2 state of the art, advanced training facility, with the mission of creating and providing experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care in the community and around the globe. In addition to this role, Dr. Okuda also serves as USF Health’s Associate Vice President of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice focused on creating interprofessional learning opportunities from early healthcare training to clinical practice. He is Professor and Associate Dean at the Morsani College of Medicine and practices clinically at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.
Previously, Dr. Okuda was the National Medical Director for the Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) where he established national strategy and business plans for simulation-based programs at more than 150 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ medical facilities. He was also the director of the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning for the New York City Health and Hospitals, the largest public health system in the United States.
Dr. Okuda received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, his medical degree from New York Medical College, and his certificate in Healthcare Modeling and Simulation from the Naval Postgraduate School in California. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he served as their Chief Resident, and then completed a clinical quality fellowship from the Greater New York Hospital Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and an inaugural fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy. He has also served as a chair or member of several medical and simulation committees; and is the Immediate-Past President for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
He has co-authored numerous textbooks, peer reviewed publications, and textbook chapters. Known for his passion for teaching, innovation and business, Dr. Okuda received the 2017 Distinguished Educator Award by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Simulation Academy for the creation of the simulation-based training program SimWARS TM ; was named one of the top 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2012; was selected as one of 40 Under 40 New York’s Rising Stars in Business by Crain’s NY Business Magazine in 2011; and was awarded the 2017 Healthcare and Medicine Leader of the Year by i4 Business Magazine. Dr. Okuda has spoken globally on healthcare simulation including in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, India, Mexico, Spain and Canada.