Innovation Through Tradition
Elevating Keio Medicine to the World Stage

Hideyuki Okano
Dean, Keio University School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Physiology

In 1858, renowned scholar Yukichi Fukuzawa planted the seeds for what would become Keio University. Furthering the university’s legacy, Shibasaburo Kitasato founded the Keio University School of Medicine in 1917, sixteen years after Fukuzawa’s passing, and the Keio University Hospital followed three years later in 1920.

Fukuzawa left behind a wealth of concepts, such as jitsugaku (empirical science), dokuritsu jison (independence and self-respect) and hangaku hankyo(mutual teaching and learning between teachers and students). Those concepts, along with the School of Medicine’s founding principle that basic medical research and clinical medicine go hand in hand in the development of medical science, continue to underpin life at Keio today.

  Through constant contact between the mutually active fields of basic and clinical medical research, we are developing truly creative research and nurturing a community of basic medical scientists and clinical researchers who are contributing to the world, one life at a time.

  In 2010, we introduced the combined undergraduate/graduate MD-PhD Program, which educates future physician scientists in various medical research fields including oncology and stem cell medicine. Our other innovative programs include Field and Laboratory Studies, in which students conduct research on a topic of their choosing in an actual research group, allowing them to receive close guidance and instruction from faculty.

Under the justifiably scrutinizing eye of a public increasingly concerned with safe and moral medical care, Keio University School of Medicine is committed to fostering a culture that is focused on ethical, humanistic medicine.

As we approach our first centenary, we are looking to the future. We are dedicated to taking the steps necessary to ensure that Keio Medicine will be able to meet the many challenges in education, research, and clinical practice that the next 100 years will bring.

Japan’s population is aging faster than any other nation on earth, and the Keio University School of Medicine is focused on helping create a society where people live better, longer lives. We provide a curriculum that permeates beyond education and extends into student life—utilizing our founding principles to train the next generation of physician scientists who will contribute to the future well-being of patients, ultimately benefiting all of humanity. At the heart of our efforts is a new state-of-the-art hospital, whose completion will coincide with our centenary celebrations in 2017.

Dean, Keio University School of Medicine Professor, Department of Physiology
Hideyuki Okano

Research areas include general neuroscience, nerve chemistry/nerve pharmacology, molecular biology, and developmental biology. Previously taught at School of Medicine, Osaka University. Director at the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Member of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine and the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry.