AACPD Candidate – Kakazu

Clinton Z. Kakazu, M.D., M.B.A.

Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Clinton Kakazu currently serves as the Anesthesiology Residency Program Director at Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to his role as Program Director, he is also the Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. During his eleven-year tenure in academics, Dr. Kakazu has served on various hospital, department, and regional committees. He has 22 presentations at national and regional meetings with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He served as the Chair of Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Anesthesia Best Practice Committee in 2012-13. As a newly appointed program director in 2016, he led the expansion in the residency program at Harbor-UCLA from a complement of 20 to 28 residents.

Dr. Kakazu has over 10 years of experience in leading organizational efforts to create innovative teaching programs focused on resident education and quality improvement. He has a diverse clinical background and has trained both residents and fellows. Utilizing his expertise in transesophageal echocardiography as a Diplomate of The National Board of Echocardiography, he provides structured didactics and hands-on skill workshops with TEE and TTE simulation. In addition to being a core faculty member in anesthesiology residency, Dr. Kakazu is also a core faculty member within the Department of Surgery at Harbor-UCLA for the Surgery Critical Care Fellowship. The has received various awards such as the “Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award”, “Hospital Patient Safety Award, and “Productivity and Quality Award”. He is an Eagle Scout and a board-certified anesthesiologist. In addition to his multiple duties, he also serves as the UCLA course chair for medical student’s sub-internship rotation during their advanced clinical clerkship. He is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kakazu finished his Anesthesiology residency training from Harbor-UCLA and received his MBA with healthcare focus from UCI Paul Merage School of Business.