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Satoru Izutsu, PhD

Dr. Satoru Izutsu celebrated his 85th year in September (2014). He comes from a family of 7 and is the youngest. The remaining two sisters and a brother, all in their 90's, are living in their respective homes. Satoru is Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and, currently, Vice Dean at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has been in this position since 1989. He is a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, University of Hawai‘i, Columbia University, and Case-Western Reserve. Dr. Izutsu is a licensed Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Nursing Home Administrator.

Just prior to returning to Hawai‘i, he was a volunteer with the American Friends Service Committee in Yugoslavia. He has held positions as Superintendent of Waimano Training School and Hospital and Executive Director of the Regional Medical Program for Hawai‘i, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. He served in the military during the Korean War. After 30 years in the active reserves, he retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel.

His professional interests are in international medicine and health, gerontology, and rehabilitation of the physically and mentally handicapped. For the past 28 years, Dr. Izutsu has been a tea practitioner with the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony.

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