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November 10, 2021 — Having regular mammograms taken is the best tool we have for detecting and fighting breast cancer. Read on to learn how mammograms can keep you safe from this killer.
Technology, Collaboration, and Lessons Learned from Epidemics: An Update from the Clint Spencer Clinic
October 21, 2021 — Recently we sat down with Dr. Dominc Chow and Maya Barney of the Clint Spencer Clinic to get an update on what has been going on at the clinic since we last talked with them.
October 21, 2021 — On October 8, 2021, our hearts broke when we got the news that Dr. Elizabeth Tam had passed away that morning. There are not words to describe what this loss means to us at UHP and JABSOM. But she is not gone. She lives on with us, the people whose lives she touched and made so much better.
September 21, 2021 — As part of its mission to continue supporting the activities of the medical school and developing partnerships with local healthcare systems, UHP has signed an affiliation agreement with JABSOM and HPH.
September 17, 2021 — As UHP finalizes its tri-part agreement with JABSOM and the Queen’s Health Systems, here’s some background about the arrangement, which aims to expand and further the education and research of JABSOM.
August 24, 2021 — This year the National Infertility Association designated a week in April for National Infertility Awareness Week. As both a clinician who provides initial evaluation of women facing infertility issues, and an educator, Dr. Lynne Saito-Tom is quite aware of the difficulty patients experience while going through infertility treatments.
August 24, 2021 — Read more about Le’a Minton and what she does to serve the underserved women of Hawaii here.
July 30, 2021 — We want to wish Dr. Elizabeth Tam a happy and fulfilling retirement, as she moves on from her role as the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Medicine Chair at the beginning of this month.
July 19, 2021 — Do you frequently feel sad, hopeless, and alone, but put on happy face for friends, family, and co-workers? Signs of persistent depressive disorder or high-functioning depression might not be visible to those around you, but it can deplete your energy and your ability to enjoy your life. Help is available. Read on to learn more about this serious but invisible form of depression.
June 28, 2021 — UHP Internal Medicine physician Dr. Dayna Lucuab-Fergurgur shares her expertise on allergies.
May 18, 2021 — Maintaining healthy bones could save us from living out our lives with a severe loss of mobility. It can even save us from an untimely death.
May 4, 2021 — UHP employees take time to reflect on how COVID-19 has affected their work and personal lives.
April 24, 2021 — April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. This healthcare commemoration is particularly relevant this year when, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, our very survival seems to hang on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
April 23, 2021 — April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, and now, more than ever, is a good time to take stock of our drinking and work on developing healthy habits.
March 17, 2021 — Dr. Kalani Brady shares about his experiences with his patients on the island of Molokai, and the importance of patients building trust with their physicians.
Pregnancy and birth defects during COVID: Dr. Men-Jean Lee talks about risks and care for expecting mothers
March 17, 2021 — Dr. Men-Jean Lee speaks about caring for expectant mothers during COVID-19.
March 16, 2021 — OB/GYN administrative assistant Jordan Brache stirred up the concept of a department-wide cookbook.
JABSOM/UHP OB/GYN physicians receive $42 million in USDA rural development grants for prenatal care in American Samoa
March 4, 2021 — JABSOM/UHP OB/GYN physicians received $42 million dollars in USDA rural development grants for prenatal care in American Samoa. The grant is a collaboration between American Samoa, JABSOM & Hawai’i’s healthcare community.
February 22, 2021 — Deborah Matteus is honored as Hawaii’s Oral Health State Champion for the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) 100 Million Mouths Campaign, which seeks to improve oral health in six states across the U.S.
February 19, 2021 — Faculty and staff from the JABSOM/UHP Psychiatry department helped to develop a collaborative care model for behavioral health services on the island of Kosrae.
A Legacy of Teaching Excellence: Henry Lew Receives National Award for Innovation & Impact in Education
February 15, 2021 — Dr. Lew is honored by the Association of Academic Physiatrists for adapting his international collaborations online.
This is our shot to end the pandemic: Physicians flex “just vaccinated” selfies in Rosie the Riveter fashion
January 15, 2021 — A la Rosie the Riveter, Family Medicine physicians show their COVID-19 vaccinations, as they are among thousands of essential workers who have received the vaccine.
Hidden Jewel: As the The Hyperbaric Treatment Center celebrates 25 years, medical director shares past, present and future of HTC
January 12, 2021 — As the Hyperbaric Treatment Center celebrates 25 years, medical director Dr. Susan Steinemann reflects on the HTC’s past, and shares hopes for its future.
December 22, 2020 — The Hawaii Center for AIDS (HICFA) discuss how those with HIV have been affected during the pandemic.
December 4, 2020 — Experts from JABSOM and UHP weigh in on diabetes prevention during COVID.
November 2, 2020 — Often times, the physician is the main point of contact when it comes to patient care. But not everyone knows that physicians have a team of specialists to create a great patient experience from start to finish. A few of those specialists, specifically in a primary care setting, include a patient navigator and a care coordinator.
Written by Marybeth Kotrodimos Featured Photo: Dr. Patricia Blanchette, center in red, with UHP managers. Vina Cristobal photo. She has been called “The Velvet Hammer”
September 15, 2020 — UHP Family Medicine gives back to its patients who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 10, 2020 — Dr. Deborah Goebert shares tips & reassurance on how to manage mental health during this time.
September 8, 2020 — University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) Women Health Specialists was awarded a $100,000 grant to support prenatal and postnatal care from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, a donor advised fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF).
Good News for Women’s Healthcare in Hilo: Dr. Stowers joins UHP Women’s Health Specialists on Big Island
August 25, 2020 — Dr. Paris Stowers, a recent graduate of the JABSOM Complex Family Planning Fellowship is the newest OB/GYN provider at the UHP Women’s Health Specialists in Hilo.
August 21, 2020 — Learn the difference between an attending physician, intern or resident. [Originally reposted March 2019]
Recording an Echo: The UHP Speech and Hearing Clinic Has a New Way to Deliver Excellent Care to its Patients
August 14, 2020 — UHP’s Speech and Hearing Clinic just got a little machine which will make testing your hearing easier, less time-consuming, and more accurate than ever before. It will also enable us to help a lot more people.
July 2, 2020 — One small step for man, one giant leap for UHP Family Medicine, who moved to the Pali Momi Outpatient Center on June 15 after two decades in Mililani.
May 29, 2020 — While healthcare is evolving to meet the patient demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawaiʻi Speech and Hearing Clinic (UHSHC) – a University Health Partners (UHP) clinical training site – swiftly added telepractice to their services.
May 13, 2020 — UHP geriatricians provide insight on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nursing home residents.
May 12, 2020 — UHP OB/GYNs receive an award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for their research.
April 2, 2020 — Get to know local-bred surgeon Riley Kitamura, who practices at the UHP Surgery clinic at Queen’s West Oahu.
Dr. Hiraoka named second Lakshmi Devi and Devraj Sharma Endowed Chair, a gift stemmed from positive impact
March 26, 2020 — Dr. Mark Hiraoka is named the second Lakshmi Devi and Devraj Sharma Endowed Chair.
March 26, 2020 — OB/GYN doctors set an example of community by taking care of each other during their pregnancies.
March 2, 2020 — UHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patricia Blanchette shares insight on how to protect yourself from coronavirus and flu-like symptoms.
February 27, 2020 — A relatively new program from University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) is paving a way for women on Oahu to access the healthcare they need.
Kaneshiro named McCorriston Endowed Professor; Kosasa gives additional gift to OB/GYN department to support faculty
February 24, 2020 — On February 3, Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro became the first recipient of the Dr. Colin McCorriston Endowed Professorship.
UHP researcher helps to facilitate statewide education of lungworm disease January 31, 2020 — Written by Marybeth Kotrodimos Rat lungworm graphic courtesy of JABSOM/UH Med
WELLNESS WATCH: FDA issues warning to Purell manufacturer Gojo about unproven claims of hand sanitizer effectiveness
WELLNESS WATCH: FDA issues warning to Purell manufacturer Gojo about unproven claims of hand sanitizer effectiveness January 31, 2020 — Submitted by Dr. Patricia Blanchette,
January 30, 2020 — Get to know Dr. Robert Hong, one of Hawaii’s most accomplished cardiologists. Dr. Hong joined the faculty practice in October, but has already made exceptional strides.
January 29, 2020 — The Novel Coronavirus is making a gradual spread worldwide; Dr. Patricia Blanchette, Chief Medical Officer of UHP, makes her remarks about the virus outbreak and shares precautionary tips with the public to prevent the spread of the virus and other infectious diseases.
#WeAreUHPHawaii: Dr. Gavin Uchida: A Mission to Make an Impact January 21, 2020 — Written by Vina Cristobal, University Health Partners of Hawaii Featured photo
November 29, 2019 — One of the many UHP collaborators is the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. A grand opening of its new building will be held on December 4.
November 11, 2019 — Dr. Kenric Murayama, chair of the Department of Surgery, was recently inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
September 27, 2019 — How does Dr. Lydia Rolita de-stress from her work responsibilities? With boxing gloves (and other outdoor activities).
September 23, 2019 — Meet our new UHP surgeons, Dr. Wai and Dr. Kitamura!
Native Hawaiian Health: Hypertension in Native Hawaiians sharply reduced by intervention including hula
September 8, 2019 — A research study done by the Department of Native Hawaiian Health shows hula as a way of reducing blood pressure.
August 30, 2019 — Dr. Robert Kim talks about the future of healthcare and OB/GYN’s recent efforts on the Neighbor Islands.
Family Medicine: Residency director contributes time at community events July 15, 2019 — Pictured: The First Aid Tent Crew (Dr. Lydia Rolita is in the
June 12, 2019 — The 2019 Prevent Suicide Hawaii Statewide Conference, presented by the JABSOM/UHP Department of Psychiatry, was an educational and empowering opportunity for local community members to get involved with suicide prevention.
Washington University Honors the Shapiros with the Establishment of an Endowed Professorship Bearing their Names
May 24, 2019 — CEO Dr. Larry Shapiro and his wife, Carol, return to St. Louis for the week with an endowment established in their honor.
March 11, 2019 — The University of Hawaii Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), has been named recipient of the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund Grant, an award given to provide speech therapy services to disadvantaged children aged three to five. Spearheaded by Dr. Pauline Mashima, the effort that led to CSD receiving this $60,000 grant reflects the spirit of collaboration and the respect members of this department have for each other, as well as their commitment to helping underprivileged members of our community overcome barriers to communication.
February 28, 2019 –Before being treated by our physicians, our patients are asked if they would consent to have a resident, intern or student involved in their care. Would you know how to give an informed answer to that question? Do you know the differences between a student, intern, resident, attending physician, and consulting physician? Many of us do not. Here’s some information to help clear up the confusion.
February 8, 2019 — Dr. Komal Soin grew up with a creative spirit; her father was an artist, her mother was into ceramics, and her whole family loved to travel. When she became a doctor, she still learned how to find that work-life balance in her creative passions and career.
February 5, 2019 — UHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Blanchette received a generous donation from a patient’s family. Years later, the donation would service the renovation of a UHP clinic.
February 5, 2019 — To prevent burnout, MindfulPractice — a wellness initiative based out of the University of Rochester Medical Center — hosted a two-day workshop at JABSOM on January 18 and 19. About 30 physicians and healthcare professionals from JABSOM and UHP were in attendance.
January 11, 2019 — What would you do with $1,000? For Romel Domaoal, the answer was simple — giving back to his workplace.
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY: Faculty discover over 15% of ER patients show signs of crystal methamphetamine use
December 14, 2018 — Doctors from the UHP/JABSOM Psychiatry examined visits from 2007 to 2011 to an Emergency Department, or “ED”, which also is commonly referred to as an emergency room, in a single urban Honolulu hospital. Overall, out of 16,018 patients screened for drugs, just over 15 percent (15.1%) of them tested positive for amphetamines.
December 13, 2018 — Allen Yadao is known for his energy and enthusiasm in the UHP office. Read more about his battle with hairy cell leukemia and how that single moment changed the course of his life.
December 10, 2018 — At UHP’s Clint Spencer Clinic, doctors and researchers are working together to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS in Hawaii.
November 2, 2018 — Meet Paij Nakamura, outreach coordinator at the Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center (H3RC). As a former addict, Paij is now helping others who are struggling with addictions.
October 23, 2018 — Administrators from JABSOM, University Health Partners of Hawaii and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, along with Hilo community leaders, gathered at a luncheon for Dr. John Uohara and Dr. Emilie Stickley on October 12.
October 5, 2018 –Every year, the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) participates in the annual Men’s March Against Domestic Violence. To create camaraderie and partnership with the medical school and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University Health Partners also played a role in building awareness for domestic violence.
October 5, 2018 — Over the next ten years, Dr. Yoshihisa Asano and the Noguchi Medical Research Institute Group will be investing $1,000,000 in JABSOM and UHP. The funds will go toward educational opportunities for Japanese students who are interested in pursuing medicine.
October 5, 2018 — In this edition of “Wellness Watch,” Dr. Patricia Blanchette talks about identifying signs of domestic violence and taking preventive measures to stop it.
Department of OB-GYN & Women’s Health: Annual Women in Medicine discussion emphasizes female leadership
October 3, 2018 — September is Women in Medicine month. UHP OB/GYN doc Reni Soon partners with Dr. Naleen Andrade to speak with JABSOM students, faculty and staff on their experience as being a woman in the medical field.
September 23, 2018 — Four of our UHP doctors are among many who received promotion or tenure within the UH Manoa system.
September 4, 2018 — A new OB-GYN clinic on Hawaiʻi Island opened its doors on September 1. Dr. John Uohara, who held a private practice in Hilo for 39 years and retired on August 31, “handed off” his practice to Dr. Emilie Stickley.
August 30, 2018 — This past summer, UHP Communications/Marketing Coordinator Vina Cristobal embarked on a mission trip to Thailand — but it was laced with a purpose.
August 16, 2018 — Donors and doctors of UHP OB/GYN reflect on the department’s philanthropic efforts.
June 27, 2018 — Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng of UHP Family Medicine talks about osteoporosis screening for elderly women.
June 10, 2018 — As a gift of gratitude for their services, volunteer preceptors receive tax credit for their work.
May 14, 2018 — At the 2018 JABSOM Convocation, Dr. Savala was one of the clinical faculty who received a teaching award.
Department of Internal Medicine: Dr. Tam talks vog on KHON2, Time Magazine May 10, 2018 — By Vina Cristobal, University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi On Hawaii
May 1, 2018 — Dr. Dominic Chow of UHP Internal Medicine receives an alumni award from the Syracuse University of New York Downstate College of Medicine.
May 1, 2018 — Four UHP doctors received grants for research in their respective fields.
January 26, 2018 — After nearly 3 months of shutdown, HTC re-opens for business, with Dr. Susan Steinemann of UHP Surgery taking the reins as Chief Medical Director.
Research!America president speaks with researchers and faculty about communication and national research updates
January 23, 2018 — Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, speaks with researchers and faculty about communicating their work to the general public.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE: Keynote speaker discusses community involvement with HIV prevention at annual conference
January 22, 2018 — The annual Hawai’i HIV/AIDS Conference included a keynote speaker from the University of Washington, who emphasized community involvement in HIV prevention.
Dr. Satoru Izutsu receives Order of the Rising Sun for bridging connections between UH and Okinawa hospital
January 18, 2018 — Board member Dr. Satoru Izutsu receives a high-ranking Japanese award for his contributions in creating connections between Hawaii and Japan’s medical communities.
December 14, 2017 — The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is among the top medical schools in the country in several key areas, according to newly released data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
November 1, 2017 — I scream, you scream, we all scream for FREE ice cream! Dean Hedges of JABSOM helps to kick off the school’s annual Internal Giving Campaign.
October 22, 2017 — The JABSOM H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach Medical Education) program reflects on its past year.
October 18, 2017 — Dr. Ivica Zalud, chair of UHP OB/GYN, was named “Physician of the Year” by Hawaii Medical Association at its annual Medical Gala.
October 11, 2017 — In honor of the late Dr. Ryder Onopa (Class of 2014), JABSOM hosts a memorial blood drive.
October 6, 2017 — UHP billers and coders attend the 2017 AAPC conference and share their experience.
September 27, 2017 — Dr. Neal Palafox of UHP Family Medicine was onboard the Hōkūleʻa, which finished its voyage in June 2017.
Department of Native Hawaiian Health: Hermosura takes part of collaborative patient care effort with Queen’s
September 5, 2017 — Dr. Andrea Hermosura of Native Hawaiian Health is chosen as the Queen’s Health Equity Scholar.
Department of Surgery: Dr. Mikami energized by new leadership skills including “Chilingerianisms” from Brandeis conference
July 25, 2017 — Dr. Dean Mikami of UHP Surgery talks about a leadership program he attended at Brandeis University. The program was led by Dr. Jon Chilingerian.
July 7, 2017 — Dr. Larry Shapiro becomes the new CEO of UHP, succeeding Dr. Roy Magnusson, who retired in 2015.
June 8, 2017 — UHP and the Department of OB/GYN donated $100,000 to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The proceeds would go toward refurbishments of the JABSOM OB/GYN resident/fellow call room.
May 17, 2017 — Dr. Kareem Khozaim becomes the first UHP OB/GYN in Hilo.
James Burns’ legacy at the University of Hawaii medical school is remembered during campus healing garden ceremony
April 18, 2017 — JABSOM and UHP faculty, staff and students honor the late James S. Burns, son of JABSOM namesake John A. Burns.
University of Hawaii medical school excels among its peers in producing primary care doctors, building state MD workforce, diversity and value
March 13, 2017 — In a study by AAMC, JABSOM excels in many key areas, including retaining its graduates to practice in Hawaii and caring for underserved/rural communities.
James S. Burns mourned at the University of Hawaii medical school, where he was a living reminder of his father’s commitment to higher education
March 9, 2017 — James Burns, son of John A. Burns, passes away at 79.
January 20, 2017 — Dr. Ivica Zalud, chair of UHP OB/GYN, is elected as a fellow of the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society. He is the first fellow from Hawaii to be inducted into the organization.
January 7, 2017 — UHP Surgery opens up its new clinic in Queen’s POB II.
Department of Internal Medicine: University of Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS initiative is bold and cutting-edge
Department of Internal Medicine: University of Hawaii Center for AIDS initiative “bold, cutting-edge” says national HIV expert January 3, 2017 — A nationally-recognized expert in
Department of Family Medicine: University of Hawaii’s Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The New Year will bring significant changes in the country’s political power structure, and with it, some uncertainty for Democratic stronghold Hawai’i.
October 18, 2016 — Dr. Kenric Murayama, chair of UHP Surgery, helps Dean Hedges and JABSOM to kick off its annual Internal Giving Campaign.
September 12, 2016 — The CHOW Project, in collaboration with University Health Partners of Hawai’i, the University of Hawai’i faculty practice, launched the State’s first community-based overdose prevention and Naloxone distribution on September 12, 2016.
Department of Family Medicine: Pali Momi becomes a major participating site for University of Hawaiʻi Family Medicine Residency
June 30, 2016 — Pali Momi Medical Center in ʻAiea has become the major participating hospital site for the University of Hawaiʻi Family Medicine Residency Program (UHFMRP).
April 21, 2016 — Dr. Patricia Blanchette is transitioning out of her current position at the UH Cancer Center to return to the John A. Burns School of Medicine, this time as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
January 28, 2016 — UHP Surgery has signed an agreement with Pacific Anesthesia, Inc. aka Physicians Anesthesia Service (PAS) to integrate the group into the faculty practice and the UH medical school.
January 27, 2016 — UHP OB/GYN, in conjunction with UHP and UH Foundation, created an endowed professorship within its department.
Months after its original office closed in Waipahu, The University Women’s Health Specialists hosted an open house for its new location in the Pali Momi Medical Office Building in ʻAiea.
December 17, 2015 — Dr. Marguerite L. Bartholomew of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB-GYN) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) discusses a technology that tracks dietary habits in pregnant women with gestational diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
Department of Internal Medicine: First combined multi-disciplinary medical treatment and research facility located on a UH campus opens
December 7, 2015 — The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) Clinics at Kakaʻako, located at an ʻewa/makai section of the campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, is the first multi-purpose combined research and medical care clinic to open on a UH campus.
November 17, 2015 — Two UHP department chairs make national and international strides in their respective line of work.
September 3, 2015 — What’s happening at our UHP Lau Ola Clinic? Read more to find out!
* This is an older article. As of 2018, Lau Ola Clinic is no longer in operation.
August 1, 2014 — Learn more about Dr. Kalani Brady, of UCERA’s Native Hawaiian Health.
July 28, 2014 —Dr. Kalani S. Brady, a physician at UCERA Native Hawaiian Health Lau Ola Clinic, takes care of Hansen’s Disease patients on Kalaupapa.
July 10, 2014 — Drs. Dee-Ann Carpenter and Marjorie Mau help with the Hōkūleʻa expedition and share their experiences.
October 8, 2013 — The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Family Medicine Residency Program celebrated its 20th anniversary October 7-11, coinciding with national “Primary Care Week”.