University of Hawaii Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

The Department of Geriatric Medicine has a large, experienced and diverse faculty, with teaching, research and clinical expertise in Geriatrics. Faculty from other departments of the medical school are actively involved in the geriatrics clinical, research and teaching programs. Trainees include students from the medical school and other health professions schools, residents, fellows, and continuing education participants from the community. Faculty include physicians from a variety of medical disciplines (Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurology, Cardiology, Epidemiology), and other doctoral level faculty (Gerontology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Law, Audiology, Dentistry and Biostatistics).

Several of the department’s faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in geriatrics and aging research whose advice is often sought by other programs. They are active members of national committees, commissions and boards. Faculty members have been serving as advisors for several other geriatrics programs locally, nationally and internationally.  The academic environment for fellows and junior faculty is rich with activities and opportunities and improved care for older people has always been the motivating force behind the development of new programs and new faculty.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR & FELLOWSHIP ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR: 

Kamal Masaki, M.D.           

Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UH)           

Clinical Director for Research Programs: Honolulu Heart Program, Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, Hawaii Lifespan Study, Women's Health Initiative Hawaii Center

Principal Investigator, WHI Memory Study Hawaii Center, HHP-STAR (Study of Atherosclerosis Risk)

Director, Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics, Reynolds Foundation Education Grant, and Co-Director, Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center,

AREAS OF INTEREST:

Geriatric Education

Dementia

Depression

Disability

Successful Aging

Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly

Orthostatic Hypotension

Women's Health

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DIRECTOR:         

Aida B. Wen, M.D.

Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (Harvard)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

AREAS OF INTEREST:

Long-term care medical direction

Palliative Care

Dementia


GERIATRICIANS ON FACULTY                  

AREAS OF INTEREST

Samina Ahsan, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Medical Education

Skin and wound care

C. Difficile Infection in LTC

Jessica Barry, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Staff Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center

Ambulatory Care Geriatrics

Home Care

Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, M.D., MPH                            

Fellowship-trained Geriatrician (Harvard)

Previous Department Chair and Founder of Geriatrics in Hawaii

Currently Chief Operating Officer of UH Cancer Center

Medical Director of several nursing homes on Oahu, including Kuakini Geriatric Care

Geriatric Education

Medical Administration

Medical Direction, Long-term Care

Alzheimer’s Disease

John Buzanoski, M.D., MPH, CMD          

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine                

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Chief, Medical Service Unit, Hawaii State Hospital 

Chief of Staff, Hale Mohalu Hospital

Primary Care Geriatrics

HIV in the elderly

Hansen’s Disease in the elderly

Medical Direction, Long-term care

Michael Carethers, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UW)                                  

Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics, Honolulu VA

Geriatric Medicine

Vitamin B12

Preventive Medicine

Hypertension in the elderly

Craig China, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Palliative Care & Geriatrician at VA Community Living Center

Geriatric Education

End-of-life Care

Suteevan Cholitkul, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Long-term care

Palliative care

Suwitda Cholitkul, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Long-term care

Polypharmacy

Palliative care

Jeremy Chun, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UCLA)

Staff Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center  

Ambulatory Care

Preventive Care

Sze Mei Chung, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente

Medical Education

Nursing Home Med Directorship

Palliative Care

Ana Marie Digao, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Hospitalist, Castle Medical Center and Queen’s Medical Center

Hospital Geriatrics

James Epure, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Director of Medical Education, VA CLC  

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UH)           

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Geriatrician and Medical Director, VA Community Living Center

Geriatric Education

Long-Term Care Administration

Male Osteoporosis

Medical Informatics

Ritabelle Fernandes, M.D., MPH   

Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine          

Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic          

Staff Geriatrician, Kalihi-Palama Clinic

Pacific Islands GEC – Lead faculty for Pacific Islands training

Ambulatory Care Geriatrics

Immunization & Preventive Med

Community Education

Palliative Medicine

Health Disparities in Pacific Islands

Bret Flynn, M.D., MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Geriatrician at the Queen’s Medical Center

Medical Director, Bristol Hospice     

Home Care

Caregiving Issues

Palliative and Hospice Care

Dementia

Gregory Gatchell, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatrician at the VA CLC

Medical Education

Nursing Home Care

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Jodi Goh, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (U-Conn)

Geriatrician in Private Practice

Primary Care Geriatrics

Michiko Inaba, M.D. PhD                                                   

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Medical Director, Hospice Hawaii

Medical Education

Dementia Research

Palliative Care

Ayano Kiyota, M.D., PhD

Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Fellowship-Trained in Palliative Medicine (Michigan)

Palliative Medicine

Shari Kogan, M.D.   

Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Director of Geriatrics at Queen’s Medical Center

Nutrition and Exercise

Delirium, Dementia

Frailty

Pain Management

Joey Kohatsu, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatrician, private practice

Assistant Medical Director, Arcadia and 15-Craigside

Primary Care

Ambulatory Care Geriatrics

Medical Education

Terri Koyanagi, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatrician, Kupuna Wai Ola Nursing Home

Long-term care

Patricia Laurel, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Geriatrician at the VA

Medical Director, VA Hospital at Home Program

Home Care
Palliative Care
Long-Term Care

Serena Lo, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Director of Medical Education, Kaiser Permanente

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UW)

Geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente

Medical Education

Osteoporosis

Anna Loengard, M.D.

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (University of Arizona)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

President, ClarisHealth Hawaii          

Palliative Care

Hospice

Pia Lorenzo, M.D.

Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Physician, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Primary Care

Cultural aspects of geriatric care

J1 Visa Process

Karen Lubimir, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Health Literacy

Geriatric Education

Polypharmacy

Lavonda Mee-Lee Nakamoto, M.D.           

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Director of Medical Education, VA

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (Utah, Emory)

Medical Director, VA Home-Based Primary Care Program

Ambulatory Care Geriatrics

Health Literacy

Home Care

Web-Based Geriatric Education

Interdisciplinary Team Care

Dawn Minaai, M.D.                         

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine                

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Staff Geriatrician, Straub Hospital

Palliative Care

Rachel Murkofsky, M.D., MPH     

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (Harvard)

VA Physician – Spinal Cord Injury Clinic    

Health Outcomes Research

Health Care Policy

Home Care

Lam Nguyen, M.D.  

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Palliative Care Service, Queen’s Medical Center

Medical Education

Palliative Medicine

Inpatient Geriatrics

Alternative Medicine

Kentaro Nishino, M.D.        

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Director of Medical Education, Queen’s Medical Center

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center

Medical Education

Dementia

Inpatient Geriatrics

Lauren Okamoto, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatric Education

Health Disparities, Ethnogeriatrics

Palliative Care

Oleksandr “Alex” Pishchalenko, M.D.      

Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Medical Director, Leahi Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic

Geriatric Education

Primary Care Geriatrics

Cross-Cultural Geriatrics

Sarah Racsa, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic          

Care for Underserved populations

Elizabeth Rhee, M.D.                       

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center

Healthy Aging & Ethnogeriatrics

Palliative Medicine

Osteoporosis

Caregiver Issues

Sherry Saito, M.D.   

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UH)           

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Straub Palliative Care Service        

Palliative Care

Toby Smith, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine    

Fellowship-trained in Geriatrics (UH)                       

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Regional Team Leader, Life Care Physician Services

Rehab Medical Director, Ka Punawai Ola

PA/LTC Physician, Life Care Center of Kona

Long-term Care

Medical Administration

Physical Activity

Depression

Emese Somogyi, M.D. FAAHPM   

Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine   

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatrics (Mount Sinai)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Medical Director, Palliative Care Service, Castle Medical Center

Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Ethical Issues

Medical Education

Kei Sonoda, M.D.

Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Hospitalist, Queen’s Medical Center

Hospital Medicine

Quality Improvement

Yukako Tachibana, M.D.

Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center

Hospital Medicine

Elderly care in acute - subacute settings

Cody Takenaka, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Geriatric Education

Transitions in Care

Long-term Care

Bruce Tamura, M.D.           

Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Director of Medical Education for TNH

Chair, Fellowship Selection Committee

Medical Director for Clinical Affairs, Dept of Geriatric Med.

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH) 

Long-term Care

Decubitus Ulcers and Skin Care

Inter-Disciplinary Teams

Medical Billing

Polypharmacy

Marianne Tanabe, M.D.      

Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Medical Director, VA Geriatric Evaluation & Management Clinic

Cultural Competency

Ethnogeriatrics

Long-term Care

Liane Tokushige, M.D.        

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Rheumatology            

Medical Director, Hospice Hawaii

Rheumatology in the elderly

Pain management in the elderly

Falls, Rehabilitation in the elderly

Palliative Care

Marios Voulgaridis, M.D.    

Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (UH)        

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Hospitalist, Castle Medical Center    

Associate Medical Director, Islands Hospice

Hospital Geriatrics

Bradley Willcox, M.D.

Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Director of Research, Department of Geriatric Medicine

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (Harvard)

Principal Investigator: Hawaii Lifespan and Healthspan Studies

Longevity

Successful Aging

Genetics

Epidemiology

Aida Wen, M.D.

Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Co-Course Director, Med Student & Resident Geriatrics Rotation

Fellowship-Trained in Geriatric Medicine (Harvard)

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Principal Investigator, Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center

Principal Investigator, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program(GWEP)

Medical Education

Long-term care medical direction

Palliative Care

Dementia

                       

OTHER DOCTORAL LEVEL FACULTY

AREAS OF INTEREST

Robert Abbott, Ph.D.          

Biostatistician

Biostatistics

Epidemiology

Iqbal Ahmed, M.D.  

Faculty Psychiatrist, Tripler Army Medical Center

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine University of Hawaii

Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine

Geriatric Psychiatry

Daniel Fischberg, M.D. PhD

Professor of Geriatric Medicine         

Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine, UH Geriatrics

Fellowship-Trained in Pain and Palliative Care (Mount Sinai)

Medical Director, Pain and Symptom Management, QMC  

Palliative Care

Pain Management

Medical Education

Samuel Gadam, M.D.

Gero-psychiatry

Army at the Warrior Behavioral Health Annex

Geriatric Psychiatry

Geoffrey Galbraith, M.D.

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Hospice Hawaii

Hospice and Palliative Care

Medical Education

Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Long-Term Care Administration

Cross-Cultural Aging     

Wen-Yu Lee, M.D.

Board Certified in Palliative Medicine

Palliative Care

Palliative Care and Hospice

Medical Education

Michael Nagoshi, M.D.

Internist

Medical Education

Clinical Skills

Health Literacy & Communication

Helen Petrovitch, M.D.

Internist, Clinical Epidemiologist      

Pacific Health Research and Education Institute (PHREI)

Parkinson’s Disease

Dementia

James Pietsch, J.D.

Elder Law Program, School of Law                          

Elder Law

Medical Ethics

Beatriz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.                                          

Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Epidemiologist

Epidemiology

Diabetes

G. Webster Ross, M.D.        

Neurologist, Fellowship-trained in Neurobehavior (UCLA) 

Trained in Movement Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease    

Staff Neurologist and Director of Research, Honolulu VA

Neurobehavioral Problems

Dementia

Parkinson's Disease

Irwin Schatz, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Ex-Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiologist    

Orthostatic Hypotension

Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly

Medical Education

Jinichi Tokeshi, M.D.           

Private Practice (Family Medicine)

Primary Care

Medical Education

Jeff Ward, M.D.

Chief: Rehab/Pain Management at the VA

Residency-trained in PM&R at UPMC/Mercy Hospital

Fellowship-trained in Pain management at U-Florida

Geriatric Interventional Pain Management

Albert Yazawa, M.D.

Straub Hospital

Medical Directorship

Medical Education

           

MASTERS LEVEL FACULTY

AREAS OF INTEREST

Valisa Saunders, MN, APRN, BNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Hawaii Health Systems, Leahi and Maluhia Nursing Homes

Faculty, University of Hawaii School of Nursing

Long-term Care

Nursing and Medical Education

Katherine Kim, MPH

Department GEC/Reynolds Grant Coordinator

Interdisciplinary Education

Parkinson’s Disease

Norine Wong, MSW

Department Social Worker

Interdisciplinary Education

Geriatric Social Work

Misty Yee, MS

Department Education Specialist

Faculty Development

Medical Education

 

 

 

 

 

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