Fellows & Grantees

Masahiro Hirose

Abe Fellowship 2004
Project Title
A Comparison of Factors Associated with Medical Accidents between Japan and US
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Director and Instructor, Patient Safety Division, Kyoto University


Masahiro Hirose is professor of Patient Safety at Shimane University, and director for Shimane University Hospital’s Center for Hospital Medicine. He also serves as director for the Department of Community-Based Health Policy and Quality Management in Shimane University’s Faculty of Medicine.
Previously a surgeon at rural hospitals across Japan for over 17 years, in 2000 he enrolled in a Master’s program at Kyoto University’s School of Public Health while working towards a PhD in its Department of Healthcare Economics and Quality Management. Hirose acted as director of the Patient Safety Division at Kyoto University Hospital from 2002-2005. He was awarded an Abe fellowship in 2005- the same year he completed his second PhD. Hirose spent one year as a visiting scientist at Harvard School of Public Health, where he conducted a comparative study on leading factors associated with adverse medical events in Japan and the US.
He has worked at Shimane University since 2008- first as associate professor at the Center for Hospital Medicine of Shimane University Hospital and later as professor in the Department of Health Policy. Since he became vice president of the university hospital in 2018. Hirose has been researching patient safety, infection control, hospital administration, quality of health care, rural medicine, and integrated community health care system since 2000.