Attendings assigned as the core teaching staff to the surgical intensive care unit are physicians related to the area of surgery and/or critical care who have been trained in a formal fellowship and have passed or are eligible for critical care boards. They are dedicated teachers with the purpose of communicating knowledge and promoting critical thinking. They are also responsible for maintaining expertise in their own knowledge base, are involved in research projects, and resolve controversies through science and research. By practicing quality of care, as well as demonstrating an ethical and humane approach to the critically ill, attendings serve as role models for young physicians in training.
The Surgical Residency Program of the Department of Surgery of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine is the parent program for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. The Assiciate Program Director of the University of Hawaii Surgical Residency Program is Danny M. Takanishi, Jr., M.D., Professor of Surgery. Dr. Takanishi is also Board-Certificed in Surgical Critical Care and serves on the faculty of the fellowship. The Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship is Mihae Yu, M.D., Professor of Surgery. Dr. Yu is also the Director of the Surgical Critical Care Unit at The Queen's Medical Center. She is a member of the Special Care Committee which is a hospital committee comprising of representative from all the ICU's as well as other disciplines (nursing, respiratory, pharmacy, trauma, and telemetry). Other core faculty are Michael Hayashi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, and Mona Ghows, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery. David Inouye, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery for the University of Hawaii Surgical Residency Program, is the Associate Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program. Numerous ancillary faculty members also contribute to the teaching and academic environment.