Board of Directors and Officers

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Barry Bittman, MD
Board Chairman, CEO, & President - YMWI

Barry Bittman, MD is a neurologist, author, international speaker, award-winning producer/director and research scientist.  Dr. Bittman leads innovative interdisciplinary teams in the development of protocols, algorithms and comprehensive integrative strategies that enable an integrated delivery network to optimize care and achieve Triple Aim objectives. 
His “whole person” approach has been featured in numerous leading publications throughout the world, including USA Today, Business Week, Time, Prevention, Discover, O (Oprah Magazine), the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post,  Scientific American, Men’s Fitness, Health magazine, Spirituality & Health, New Age Journal, Self magazine and others.  His perspectives have also been shared in a host of interviews including CNN Headline News.
Dr. Bittman’s primary research is in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology.  Several of his publications that have advanced the field of recreational music making are detailed in this website.

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Hitoshi Fukutome
Director - YMWI        

Hitoshi Fukutome is President of Yamaha Corporation of America and a board member of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute.  Prior to his current assignment in the U.S., Mr. Fukutome was President of Yamaha Korea since 2010.  He previously served as General Manager of the Piano division at Yamaha Corporation in Japan where he worked on many milestone events at the company including the acquisition of the Austrian piano manufacturer, Boesendorfer, and the implementation of the new global factory strategy.     

Mr. Fukutome has served in a number of positions since joining Yamaha Corporation in 1982, including Manager of the Piano division of Yamaha Europe GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and CEO of Yamaha Music Austria GmbH in Vienna.   

Mr. Fukutome is a graduate of Keio University, where he majored in law.