Prof Nai-Wen Kuo
Dean of International Affairs
Professor of Health Care Administration
Taipei Medical University
Professor Kuo has managed Taipei Medical Universitys international affairs since October 2011.He is responsible for all aspects of TMU International Office activities, which include foreign student recruitment, counseling and related services, international student and faculty exchanges, partner university relations and communications, international research collaborations and medical mission operations.
Dean Kuo joined the university in 1997 as a professor of Health Care Administration. Before serving as Dean of International Affairs, he was appointed to many important positions within and beyond the university, including terms as TMU Press Director, as Director of the School of Health Care Administration, as the universitys Chief Secretary, as Advisor to Taipei City Hospital, and as Chief Surveyor for Hospital Accreditation appointed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Dean Kuo previously served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Taipei City Hospital in 2006, a 4200-bed, nine-hospital system operated by the capital citys government. His major responsibilities in this role included managing daily operations of a major hospital system, including quality improvement projects and financial analyses. Dean Kuo also served as Vice Superintendent of Taipei Medical University Hospital from 2000 to 2002. Under his management, this hospital turned a history of losses into its first profit-making year in 2002.
Dean Kuo is among Taiwans few health care administration educators who has held numerous leadership positions. His service as a board member of important academic societies includes the Taiwan College of Healthcare Executives and the Taiwan Health Insurance Association. Dean Kuos research interests include healthcare quality improvement, patient safety, clinical pathways, and health care facility design. He received his Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University in 1997 following his 1992 M.P.H. in Health Care Administration from Yale University. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and 2010.