Biography


I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with Distinction. I then attended medical school at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii and received my M.D. degree in 1996, and then went on to pediatric residency at the University of Hawaii which I completed in 1999. I have been in private practice ever since then. I am both board certified in General Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I have been strongly involved with the pediatric residency program and am an Associate Clinical Professor for the John A. Burns School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

 

Hobbies


Photography, playing the piano, and working out at the Honolulu Club. 

 

Hospital Privileges


Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, active staff

Queens' Medical Center, active staff

 

Societies


American Academy of Pediatrics, fellow

American Academy of Pediatrics, Sections on School Health and Community Health

American Academy of Pediatrics, Hawaii Chapter

American Board of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

Hawaii Medical Association

Honolulu County Medical Society

 

Activities


PMAG, Finance Committee.

HMAA, Participating Provider Review Committee

Honolulu County Medical Society, past Programs Committee chair 

Physicians Exchange (for profit organization of HCMS), Board of Directors, President.

Hawaii Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: currently on Board of Directors, Treasurer, past Programs Chair, Immunization Committee member, Executive Committee member, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Patient-Centered Medical Home (Ka Huliau) mentor, previous MOC Part 4 Project Director, Member-at-Large, Residency Advisory Committee, and Social Media Committee chair.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children: Pediatrics Committee member, Peer Review, Nominations Committee, and previously in the MOC Part 4 Committee.

Editor and author for Case Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Residents.

University of Hawaii Department of Pediatrics and Kapiolani Medical Center Maintenance of Certification committee member.

John A. Burns School of Medicine preceptor for Hawaii Keiki Can program (shadowing program for first year medical students).

Medical Home Preceptor for first year residents at U.H. Pediatrics Residency program.

Community Attending for Resident Rounds at the U.H. Pediatrics Residency program.

Frequent speaker on "Starting Your Own Practice" to pediatric residents at JABSOM.

Health consultant for KCAA Na Lei Preschool.

 

Accomplishments


Honolulu Magazine Our Annual Guide Top Doctors 2016

 

I was listed in the Honolulu Magazine as one of 558 top physicians in their September 2016 issue. Physicians were selected by Castle Connolly and their methods can be seen on their website at castleconnolly.com. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and hospitals.

 

American Academy of Pediatrics-Hawaii Chapter Special Achievement Award

 

I received this award in 2016 for contributions made to the AAP Hawaii Chapter, for distinguished service and dedication the mission and goals of the academy for involvement in numerous projects that have furthered the mission of Hawaii AAP. This includes being a member at large on the board, a Ka Huliau mentor, member of the executive director selection committee, and as newly elected Social Media chair working on creating a new Hawaii AAP website and Facebook page.

 

Honolulu Magazine Our Annual Guide Top Doctors 2015

 

I was listed in the Honolulu Magazine as one of 532 top physicians (and one of 10 general pediatricians on Oahu not associated with Kaiser or in academia at Kapiolani Medical Center) in their August 2015 issue. Physicians were selected by Castle Connolly and their methods can be seen on their website at castleconnolly.com. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and hospitals. 

The link to the Honolulu Magazine is at http://www.honolulumagazine.com/.

The link to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is at http://www.castleconnolly.com.

 

American Academy of Pediatrics-Hawaii Chapter Special Achievement Award

I received this award in 2013 for contributions made to the AAP Hawaii Chapter, notably being the project director for the American Board of Pediatrics' Maintenance of Certification Part 4 for our chapter. In addition, I am currently Member-at-Large for the executive committee, and have been involved as committee chair for the Programs Committee, a mentor for the Ka Huliau Patient-Centered Medical Home program, and have been a member of the Immunization Committee, Community Health Committee, Young Physician's Committee, and the Pediatric Council.

 

CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/profiles.html

I received this CDC Award in 2012 as Hawaii's representative as an immunization champion, and chosen as one of 39 individuals nationally for the CDC award which honors people who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities. 

 

I wrote two articles for Doctor in the House. First one was published in February 18, 2008 called "Weighing In On Keiki Obesity" which talked about obesity in children in Hawaii and what we are doing about it, which included the Hawaii Pediatric Weight Management Toolkit. The second article was called "In the Know: Immunizations" which was published on April 6, 2011. In this second article, I talked about the safety of immunizations and debunked the common myths against the use of vaccines.

http://archives.midweek.com/content/columns/doctorinthehouse_article/weighing_in_on_keiki_obesity/

http://archives.midweek.com/content/columns/Print_Story_dith/in_the_know_immunizations/

 

In 2004, I participated in the publication of a pediatric textbook written by pediatric residents and doctors in Hawaii called Case-Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Residents, which was the idea of Dr. Loren Yamamoto who is an emergency department physician at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and has many publications of his own. I became a co-editor and wrote several articles, those being febrile seizures, growth monitoring, muscular dystrophy, neurofibromatosis, neurological examination, ophthalmological examination for primary care, otitis media and externa, and tuberous sclerosis. In 2013, a second edition is currently being made of which I am continuing as an editor and author of several chapters.

http://www.hawaii.edu/medicine/pediatrics/pedtext/pedtext.html

 

 

 

In 2010, my office became an active participant in the Hawaii Immunization Registry Program. This is a state-wide registry of immunizations involving participating providers and the flu program in schools. It's great since it allows health professionals know if children are up-to-date on their immunizations, especially if they received their vaccines from different providers.

 

http://hawaii.gov/health/Immunization/HIR.html

 

I helped write an article in Kapiolani Kids, which is a newsletter by Kapiolani Medical Center, entitled "The ABCs of Enough ZZZs" in 2006. It is essentially an article regarding sleep in children which focuses on good sleep habits.

http://kapiolani.startingouthealthy.com/archive/issue106/story5.html