In his new position, Otsuki will be responsible for overseeing and building the medical school’s curriculum, including leading the development of the third and fourth-year curriculum. He also will work closely with the medical school’s clinical partners, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the school’s principal clinical partner, and Middlesex Hospital, MidState Medical Center, Waterbury Hospital, Griffin Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Gaylord Specialty Health, Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home of Fairfield and Masonic Healthcare Center. Hartford Hospital is a research partner of the medical school.
“I am delighted and honored to join the extraordinary faculty recruited by Dean (Bruce) Koeppen,” Otsuki said. “I also look forward to working with other physicians and other health care professionals in Connecticut to design and deliver an innovative medical education that will help students become caring, knowledgeable and skillful physicians who are able to connect deeply with their patients and patients’ families.”
Otsuki comes to Quinnipiac from the Lehigh Valley Health Network, where he was chief of the Division of Education and associate dean of the University of South Florida College of Medicine’s Regional Campus at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Before that, Otsuki was associate dean for medical education and student affairs at Emory University School of Medicine.
“Dr. Otsuki’s national reputation in academic medicine and his passion for excellence in teaching and patient safety make him the ideal person to lead the ongoing development of our curriculum, and especially the clinical components in years three and four,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. “We are indeed lucky to have him as a key leader in the medical school.”
Otsuki earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Dalhousie University in Canada. He completed a residency in emergency medicine and served one year as chief resident at Emory University affiliated hospitals. He also earned an MBA at Emory.