Dr. Mutsumi Kioka, an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
A graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed a residency at the University of Southern California and a fellowship through Wayne State University.
Born and raised in Japan, Dr. Kioka’s interest in medicine originated after a tragic event he witnessed as a college student. More than 20 years ago, he watched as a terrorist attack spread a potentially toxic gas at a Tokyo subway station, and he felt helpless as individuals around him suffered. Unable to assist the victims due to his lack of a medical background, he felt a deep desire to go into the medical field to aid individuals affected by natural and unnatural health issues.
In a later tragedy, Dr. Kioka lost his mother to pancreatic cancer while he was in medical school, a loss that also shapes his empathy toward patients who are facing health struggles. It sharpened his resolve to provide a thorough education to trainee physicians with whom he interacts.
Since his move to Las Vegas in 2016, he has crafted a detailed and structured curriculum for intensive care residents while both educating residents and fellows and working as a clinician.