Kazuhide Matsushima

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Kazuhide-MatsushimaNot accepting new patients at this time

Areas of treatment:

Critical Illness
Critical Injuries
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
ICU Infections
Inflammatory Responses


  • Critical Care
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery


  • Department of Surgery


  • English
  • Japanese

Kazuhide Matsushima, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Practicing location:

  • LAC+USC Medical Center

About this doctor:

Dr. Matsushima has been described as an exceptional surgeon, researcher and teacher by his mentors and divisional faculty – both junior and senior members. He is well known among his peers for his compassion and superb level of care with which he serves his patients. As his mentors and peers attest, the patients and families he’s served are immensely grateful and generous with their praise and gratitude for Dr. Matsushima’s skills, compassion and bedside manner.

Dr. Matsushima possesses a unique mastery not only of trauma surgery and critical care, but an equal and early mastery of balancing the various demands that are expected in an academic surgical career; he has proven to be an exceptional surgeon who does his job excellently while being consistently productive in research work and teaching residents and medical students.

Philosophy of care:
As a trauma surgeon, I often encounter a case in which I have to make an immediate and critical decision, even within seconds, on managing severe injuries. In those situations, I always ask myself the same question, “What can I do to achieve the best patient outcome?” I believe that the answer to this question also guides me to improve health care quality, patient safety and satisfaction.


MD, Mie University School of Medicine, 2001


Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, General Surgery, 2010 – 2013


LAC+USC Medical Center, Trauma Surgery, 2014 – 2015
LAC+USC Medical Center, Surgical Critical Care, 2013 – 2014
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Acute Care Surgery, 2009 - 2010
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Memorial Hospital, Trauma/Burn/Surgical Critical Care, 2008 – 2009


General Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2014
Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery, 2014
General Surgery, Japan Surgical Society, 2005, re-certified 2012
Acute Medicine, Japan Association of Acute Medicine

Professional society memberships:

Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2015-present
Association for Academic Surgery, 2011-present
Japanese Society of Acute Care Surgery, 2009-present
Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2009-present
Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2008-present
Japan Society of Gastroenterological Surgery, 2005-present
Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, 2004-present
Japanese Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2003-present
Japanese Association for Acute Medicine, 2001-present
Japan Surgical Society, 2001-present


Year III Faculty Teaching Award, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 2016
Resident Leader/Mentor in Surgery Award, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dept. of Surgery, 2013
Humanism and Excellence Teaching Award, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Penn State College of Medicine, 2013
Resident Competition for Ideas and Innovative Technology Solutions Award, Penn State Milton S. Medical Center, Department of Surgery Innovation Program, Introduction of Electronic Patient List and the Use of a Tablet Device, 2010
Outstanding Resident of the Year, Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, 2005
Residency Training Scholarship, Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, University of Hawaii, Japan, 2004
Okinawa Resident of the Year, Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, 2003
UK-Japan Exchange Medical Education Scholarship, Japanese Medical Education Foundation, University of Leicester, Great Britain, 2000