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Benjamin A. Tamura, MD

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My specialty:
Bariatric Surgery

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

Referral required.

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About me

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Waialae Kahala and attended public school (Kalani ’73). My early curiosity in Biology and the Life Sciences developed into an interest in Medicine.

About my practice

I believe that providing medical care is a team effort. The capacity for collaboration between the many disciplines caring for an individual patient is why I joined Kaiser Permanente. The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group maintains a high standard of excellence that allows me and my colleagues the freedom to make clinical decisions framed within professional ethics and accountability. As Associate Medical Director of primary care specialties, most of my time is spent with administrative duties overseeing clinic operations and the Departments of Primary Care Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health and Ambulatory ObGyn. That does not leave me much capacity to see patients regularly as a primary care physician. What clinical work I thus do is centered on Obesity Medicine and the medical management of bariatric surgery patients. In my 30 years of practice (primary care, hospital-based internal medicine and now medical bariatrics), the acts of medical heroism I have seen have been acts of charity and compassion. I believe in shared decision making and patient-family centered care. I am a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and The Obesity Society. In my spare time I volunteer for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

How I thrive

I enjoy walking while listening to music (different versions of classic jazz standards and anything melodic by Keith Jarrett), I also love prone paddle boarding anywhere between Sandy Beach and Waikiki.

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My office

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Bariatric Surgery Department name
3288 Moanalua Road, Honolulu, HI 96819
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Contact information

  • 24-hour pharmacy
  • 808-643-7979
  • 24-hour prescription refill
  • 808-643-7979
  • 24/7 Advice (Hawaii Island)
  • 808-334-4400
  • 24/7 Advice (Kauai)
  • 808-246-5600
  • 24/7 Advice (Maui)
  • 808-243-6000
  • 24/7 Advice (Oahu)
  • 808-432-2000
  • Clinic Specialty appointments (Neighbor islands)
  • 1-877-432-8970 (toll free)
  • Clinic Specialty appointments (Oahu)
  • 808-432-8000
  • Clinic appointment cancellation
  • 808-432-7800
  • General information
  • 808-432-0000
  • Member Services
  • 1-800-966-5955 (toll free)
  • Same Day Surgery
  • 808-432-8490

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My training, certifications & licensing

Medical school

University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu , HI

Board certification

Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine

Obesity Medicine

American Board of Obesity Medicine

To verify board certification for an individual practitioner, please visit the American Board of Medical SpecialtiesExternal Link, the American Medical AssociationExternal Link, or the American Osteopathic AssociationExternal Link websites.

Medical training

Internship

St Joseph Mercy Hospital - RHB #1117
Ann Arbor , MI

Residency

University of Hawaii - Manoa
Honolulu , HI

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1984

Provider ID

296
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This page was last updated on:

12/15/2018