Alan Y. J. Ahana, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born and raised in Honolulu, went to Punahou School, and spent most of my early years in or around Manoa Valley. After earning my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and my medical degree at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, I completed my internal medicine internship in the University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program. I then went to Loma Linda University Medical Center for a residency in anesthesiology and to Oregon Health & Science University for a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology. I’m now board certified in both general anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology.
Although I left Hawaii for a few years, the islands never left my heart, so I’m grateful that I could return home to care for the community that’s given me so much. Most of my family still live on Oahu, and it’s great to be close to them again.
About my practice
Both of my parents were in health care, and I believe that had some influence on my decision to pursue a career in medicine - along with a desire to be intellectually challenged and to help the people in my community. As far as my specialty goes, I love kids, surgeries, and procedures. Pediatric anesthesia allows me to interact with and help kids, to have a role in reassuring their parents, and to work with my hands in the operating room. My special interests, in addition to pediatric anesthesiology, include pediatric pain management and medical education.
To keep up with the rapid changes in medicine, I read medical journals, access online resources, attend medical conferences, attend continuing education programs, and work collaboratively with colleagues. At the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference, I spoke about the advantages of early extubation in the operating room following complex congenital heart surgery. My professional affiliations with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Hawaii Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia also provide me with the latest developments in my field.
When I was in private practice, I grew tired of being distracted by the business side of medical care. The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group offers me the opportunity to focus on practicing medicine and doing what's best for my patients. I hope for a long and fruitful time here at Kaiser Permanente.
My approach to care is to treat patients and their families as if they were my own loved ones, to treat them as I’d want my love ones treated. I try to maximize my time with patients and their families, and I especially look forward to working with children and teenagers.
How I thrive
To stay healthy, I exercise several times a week, eat sensibly, get proper sleep, and remember to spend quality time with my family. On my time off, I enjoy basketball, video games (when my wife lets me play), and working around the house.