Global Health Track Program Director

Dr. Masahiro Morikawa, as well as being the director for the Global Health Track in Family Medicine & Community Health at University Hospitals, serves as the director for the family medicine inpatient service. He graduated medical school from Tokyo Medical University in Tokyo, Japan. He went on to complete a residency in Traumatology and Critical Care in Japan before moving to the U.S. where he completed an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and subsequently his residency training in Family Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

International Health Experience

Dr. Morikawa's international health experience has led him to work as a health consultant to multiple countries and organizations. He has over 25 years of experience traveling to and working in countries like Afghanistan, Laos, Kosovo, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nepal and Honduras.

Recently Dr. Morikawa's achievements were recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians and was awarded the 2013 Exemplary Teaching Award for full time faculty. Prior to this Dr. Morikawa received the Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award for 2011, awarded by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Currently, he is an academic hospitalist covering 24-26 weeks a year and is on the road for about 2 months a year practicing global health in many different countries.

Focus on Primary Care Development and Global Health Initiatives

His focus in the past few years has been on:

  • Continue his consulting work through GO and NGO, engaging in primary care development particularly in post-conflict communities.
  • Offer the Global Health Workshop nationally in September every year with an Asher lecture on global health given by a guest speaker.
  • Continue with the revision of his "Global Health Handbook". Recently he finished the 6th edition.
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