Bachelor of Science, 1955
Consultant, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Board of Councilor Member, SPPD
Yoshi Honkawa is a nationally recognized leader in health care administration and policy. A consultant in health care advocacy for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he retired in 2001 from his role as the vice president for government and industry relations at the Los Angeles-based medical center. Prior to his work at Cedars-Sinai, he held executive positions at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the Los Angeles County Department of Hospitals, and the L.A. County-University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center.
Honkawa served by appointment of President Carter to the National Council on Health Planning and Development, on which he subsequently served as chairman. He also served by appointment by Governor Reagan as the first chairman of the State of California Advisory Health Council and as a member of the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission by Governors Deukmejian and Wilson.
Honkawa has been a member of and served as chairman on numerous committees, councils, and boards, including the American Hospital Association, the California Hospital Association, the Visiting Nurse Foundation and Visiting Nurse Association of Los Angeles, the Hospital Council of Southern California, the Federation of American Health Systems, the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and the AARP National Policy Council. Earlier in his career, Honkawa was involved with the United Way, the American Heart Association, and the Foundation for the Junior Blind. He is a past director on the board of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.
Throughout his 40-year career in health care administration, Honkawa has been honored many times over. He has been recognized with the California Hospital Association Walker Fellowship, the American Hospital Association Trustees Award, the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems’ Award of Merit and the USC Alumni Service Award. In 2001 he received the Mathies Award from the Partners in Care Foundation, and in 2007, he was honored by WISE Senior Services.
Honkawa earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from USC in 1955. He is a former member of the Keck School of Medicine of USC Board of Councilors and the USC Board of Associates. He and his wife established the Yoshi and May Honkawa Endowed Graduate Fellowship in the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) in 1995.
He is a member and former chair of the SPPD Board of Councilors, and he is currently a USC Presidential Associate.