Alumni Spotlight

Hitoshi Honda MD, PhD, ID fellow ’10, member spotlight for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

Hitoshi Honda MD, PhD is an infectious diseases consultant and a hospital epidemiologist at the Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.

He received his MD and PhD from the Kitasato University School of Medicine, Japan in 2000. He completed the internal medicine residency at University of Hawaii in 2007 and then completed an infectious diseases fellowship and healthcare epidemiology fellowship under the tutelage of Drs. David Warren and Victoria Fraser at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

After completing his fellowship in 2010, Dr. Honda moved back to his native country of Japan to help initiate an infectious disease consultation service while also working to advance infection control and hospital epidemiology. His clinical research has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. He is also interested in antimicrobial stewardship and behavioral modification among healthcare workers, as exemplified in influenza vaccination protocol and hand hygiene practice.

One of Dr. Honda’s goals is to develop collaborative relationships in the area of healthcare epidemiology between Japan, the United States, and other Asian countries. He helped organize a joint workshop for antimicrobial stewardship in Japan, endorsed by both SHEA and the Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control (JSIPC) in February 2016.

He received the SHEA Jonathan Freeman Scholarship in 2010, and was selected to be the SHEA International Ambassador in 2012. He also received the SHEA International Award at IDWeek 2013. He currently serves as a member of the SHEA External Affairs Committee.