About Us

University Health Partners of Hawai‘i provides high-quality healthcare through hospitals and outpatient clinics. Our doctors are faculty at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. We are dedicated to supporting the clinical, educational, research and community service activities of the University of Hawai‘i health sciences.

Our doctors and staff are on the front line every day, serving Hawaiʻi’s people.

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University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP Hawaii) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization affiliated with the University of Hawai‘i that was founded in 1993, under the name University Healthcare Associates (UHCA). From 2002 to 2014, UHP Hawaii was previously known as UCERA (University Clinical, Education and Research Associates). In 2015, UCERA made the change to UHP Hawaii to better focus on partnerships with local hospitals and community organizations.

University Health Partners  of Hawaii is the backbone of the clinical departments of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawaiʻi health sciences.

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1965: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa develops a medical school named after then-Governor, John Burns, who strongly believed in medical education in Hawaiʻi. The medical school, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), becomes a two-year medical school operating out of Leʻāhi Hospital in Kaimuki.


JABSOM expands its medical education program to four years. The first graduates from JABSOM were the men of the Class of 1975. A few years later, women were allowed admission into the medical school.


JABSOM is tasked with managing a clinical learning environment within a hospital-based setting to enable doctors to teach residents and stay current within their fields.


JABSOM creates University Health Care Associates (UHCA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to manage its faculty practice with five initial practice locations on Oahu.


UHCA changes its name to University Clinical, Education and Research Associates (UCERA) to better reflect its mission as the supporting faculty practice of JABSOM.


Dr. Jerris R. Hedges, Vice Dean emeritus of Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, joins JABSOM as its Dean.


UCERA is renamed University Health Partners of Hawaii to further hone its focus on local partnerships.


Dr. Larry J. Shapiro, Dean emeritus of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, joins UHP as its Chief Executive Officer.


UHP providers now serve in more than 100 locations throughout the islands.


UHP & The Queen’s Health System join, forming the Queen’s University Medical Group – a new physician group – as part of an academic affiliation