Thomas Yoshikawa, M.D., has been named to the newly created positions of provost and chief operating officer at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. Yoshikawa also will be the acting president of the troubled medical school, the university announced today.
"It's a totally new model of administration for the university," said Michael Downer, manager of public relations for the medical school. "He will be the chief academic officer."
Yoshikawa served as chief of internal medicine at affiliated Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.
Nancy Hanna, M.D., who will report to Yoshikawa, has been named to oversee the school's 15 residency training programs. Hanna completed her residency training in internal and geriatric medicine at King/Drew.
"Basically, what the board is doing is putting a new team in place to address some of the issues that have befallen the university," Downer said. Those issues include proposed probation for its orthopedic residency program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as scheduled reviews later this year of programs in anesthesiology, family medicine and neurosurgery, Downer said.