Steps Towards Trans-Pacific Disaster Nursing Collaboration

Hiroko Minami, UCSF Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) graduate ’82, and President of the Kochi University in Kochi City Japan, recently visited UCSF to sign a Memorandum of Agreement between UCSF and Kochi (for exchange of research, students, and/or faculty), and to explore development of a network of scholars on disaster nursing.

Because of Dean Vlahov’s parallel role in New York City after 9/11, he and Dr. Minami were natural collaborators.

Another aim of her visit was to extend the collaborative doctoral program that she’s established (with four other Schools of Nursing in Japan) and explore the possibility of developing further collaborations with UCSF.


David Vlahov, Dean of the School of Nursing and Hiroko Minami, President of the University of Kochi, Kochi City, Japan signing a Memorandum of Understanding between their two institutions, 5 March 2012. Discussions are underway for a collaboration on disaster nursing.


Dr. Hiroko Minami is a 1982 graduate of UCSF School of Nursing, a 2001 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award, a past President of the International Council of Nurses, and is currently President of the University of Kochi, Japan. Standing behind her are members of her visiting delegation from the University of Kochi.
Dean with student

Nailah Cox. Conference Participant, Dean Catherin Gillliss, Brianna Singleton, UCSF PhD student

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Conference Participants Rosario Hernandez, Guendi Castaneira, and Tangitinga Paama unwind after Day One of conference

Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow Conference Group Picture

Conference participant Shelia Riffe participates in discussion

Howard University Scholars at the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow Conference