The University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, Florida hired Yasuharu (Haru) Okuda, MD, FACEP, FSSH, as executive director. Dr. Okuda was also named the first executive director of USF Health’s Interprofessional Education Simulation (IPE) Programming and appointed a USF Health faculty Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Okuda joins USF Health from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, where he served as the national medical director of the Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) program based in Orlando, Florida where he was responsible for the development of simulation-based curricula for VHA’s interprofessional clinical workforce, comprised of 125,000 health care professionals. He also established national strategy and business plans for simulation-based programs at more than 150 U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ medical facilities, and created six advanced interprofessional clinical fellowships in simulation at VA medical sites across the country.

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; 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.

At USF Health, Dr. Okuda will work closely with USF Health Leadership to continue building CAMLS as a world-class, state-of-the-art health simulation learning facility. His responsibilities include leading the overall strategic direction of CAMLS, leveraging its existing strengths, identifying new opportunities for growth, and overseeing the day-to-day operations.