Pathology Residency


The University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program offers a comprehensive and balanced training in both anatomic and clinical pathology (AP and CP). With a faculty passionate about teaching and representing numerous subspecialties, the program emphasizes practical, rigorous, and community-based learning. It includes diverse elective offerings, opportunities for teaching, educational travel, research, and unique exposure to tropical medicine and cases from the Pacific Rim.

The program aims to produce graduates who secure competitive fellowships, becoming adept pathologists in various settings. It is characterized by a case study approach, extensive reading, presentations, and hands-on laboratory work, ensuring residents develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Since its inception, the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program has been dedicated to providing an educational format that encourages clinicopathologic correlation through comprehensive curriculum and a variety of learning resources. The program’s history is marked by its commitment to a well-rounded education, preparing residents for both community and academic roles, and highlighting its unique position to offer exposure to a diverse range of cases due to Hawaii’s multiethnic population and Pacific location.

To provide a comprehensive AP and CP training, fostering the development of skilled, confident pathologists who excel in diverse professional settings through rigorous education, research, and practical experience.

We believe in a balanced and rigorous education encompassing practical experience, research, and a community-based approach, ensuring residents are adaptable, knowledgeable, and effective pathologists.

To be a leading pathology residency program recognized for excellence in education, research, and the preparation of pathologists ready to excel in a global medical setting.

Welcome to the University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program website.

Core Faculty & Staff

Koah Vierkoetter, MD
Program Director
Site Director
The Queen’s Medical Center

Dr. David Shimizu, MD
Associate Program Director,
The Queen’s Medical Center

Dr. Pamela Tauchi-Nishi
Associate Pathologist
The Queen’s Medical Center

Dr. Ana Ortega-Lopez
The Queen’s Medical Center

Dr. Hiroko Shinoda
The Queen’s Medical Center

Dr. Wichit Sae-Ow
Autopsy Director, The Queen’s Medical Center 

Dr. Wesley Kim
Site Director, Medical Director
Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Dr. Todd Nishimoto
Site Director, Medical Director
Blood Bank of Hawaii

Dr. Stacey Honda
Site Director
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Dr. Brock Kaya
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii 

Dr. Michael Black
Autopsy Director, Pathologist
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii 

Dr. Jeffery Killeen
Site Director, Autopsy Director
Kapiolani Medical Center 

Dr. Sasha Raymond
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Dr. Alana Taniguchi
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Dr. Jane Uyehara-Lock
Staff Pathologist
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Dr. David Horio
Staff Pathologist
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine 

Program Details


Program-Wide Conferences: 

Anatomic Pathology “Grand Rounds” Conference Series

Anatomic Pathology Interesting Cases Conference Series

Unknown Slide Conferences (including Hot Seat Unknown Slides)

Neuropathology Conferences

Clinical Pathology Conference Series

Case Forums

RISE & Board Review Conference Series

Research Conference Series

Laboratory Management and Pathology Practice Management Conference Series

Tumor Board Conference Series

Expert Pathologist (Visiting Professor) Conference Series

Journal Club 

Rotation Schedule

During the first 3 years, residents are assigned rotations between one and two months in duration, balancing the experiences in both clinical and anatomical pathology for each year. During the first 2 years, there is an emphasis on acquiring basic skills and knowledge with core rotations in each area of specialty. During the 3rd and 4th years, the emphasis is on advanced training with further honing of skills and attainment of competency. The 4th year is designed with the Program Director for educational experiences in a specific area(s) of interest.

General AP/CP Curriculum (4 years)

19 months in Anatomic Pathology including:
12 months General Anatomic Pathology
4 months Cytopathology
2 months Pediatric Pathology
1 month Forensic Pathology 

18 months in Clinical Pathology, including:
3 months Chemistry
4 months Microbiology
4 months Hematology
4 months Blood Bank
1 month Molecular Pathology
1 month Laboratory Management
.5 Cytogenetics
.5 Toxicology 

Third & Fourth Year Combined:

11 months Electives

In addition to presenting at national conferences and submitting abstracts for publications, residents are expected to complete a Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement and a New Technology Project for graduation. Residents are also expected to present their research at the Hawaii Society of Pathologists annual event prior to graduating.

Training Sites
Residents rotate through 3 main hospitals throughout their 4 years of training: The Queen’s Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children & Kaiser Permanente.  Additional training is obtained from the Hawaii Blood Bank, City & County of Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office & other island lab locations. 

Please refer to information about our main sites here:

The Queen’s Medical Center – The Queen’s Health System 

The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC), The Queen’s Health System is a nonprofit hospital with a 160-year legacy of caring for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. Located in Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, QMC serves as the major referral center for cancer, heart disease, neuroscience, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health, and has the only organ transplantation program in the State of Hawaii. It is the largest hospital in Hawaii, licensed to operate with 505 acute care beds and 28 sub-acute beds. A major teaching hospital, Queen’s serves as a clinical training site for the residency programs of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.  Visit The Queen’s Medical Center website

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children – Hawaii Pacific Health 

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children has been dedicated to providing exceptional care for over 100 years. With more than 1,500 employees and 630 physicians, Kapiolani is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit hospital and is widely known as Hawaii’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. As a teaching hospital, Kapiolani is at the forefront of vital medical education and community health outreach programs. The hospital also participates in critical research and the development of new treatments in prenatal, neonatal, children’s and women’s medicine. It is a major teaching hospital for the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and has assisted in training many of Hawaii’s pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Visit the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children website

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii (KPH) Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG) represents the largest group practice in the state-with 307 physicians on staff, including 187 specialists; they represent 16 percent of the physicians in the entire state. KPH was recently awarded the National Committee for Quality Assurance award “excellent” status for demonstrating levels of service & clinical quality that meet or exceed its rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement. Visit the Kaiser Permanente website


The application procedure usually includes these key steps:

ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service): Utilized by most residency programs, including Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc., ERAS is the platform where you will need to register, fill out your profile, and upload your application documents.

Personal Statement: Craft a persuasive personal statement that underscores your dedication to pathology, outlines your relevant experiences, and states your professional aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation: Secure impactful recommendations from faculty, mentors, or leaders familiar with your work ethic and personal qualities.

Transcripts: Provide your medical school transcripts as part of your application.

USMLE Scores: For international medical graduates, it’s essential to submit your USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) scores.

Interviews: Should your application stand out, you will be invited for interviews. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your genuine interest in pathology and discuss your qualifications in more detail.

information on drug testing requirements


Geoffrey Mitchell, M.D. (PGY-1)
University of Washington School of Medicine

Brittany Sato, M.D. (PGY-1)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Akiko Tokunaga, M.D. (PGY-1)
Sapporo Medical University

Marc Nakashima, M.D. (PGY-2)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Sean Saito, M.D. (PGY-2)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Nigel Tourdot, M.D. (PGY-2)
Medical College of Wisconsin

Mayumi Fernandez, M.D. (PGY-3)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Sara Hayama, M.D. (PGY-3 Chief)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chase Hwang, M.D. (PGY-3)
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Maria Pimenova, M.D. (PGY-4 Chief)
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

Salary & Benefits

summary of salary & benefits


University of Hawaii Pathology Residency Program
1356 Lusitana Street, Suite 511
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 586-8213

Todd Hammon
Program Administrator
Fax: 808-586-8211