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Catherine A. Bender, MD

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My specialty:
Internal Medicine

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Female

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About me

I was born in the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and moved to Hawaii when I was seven years old. I feel fortunate to have grown up in such beautiful and tropical environments.

About my practice

I decided to pursue a career in medicine because I love the intellectual challenge and value helping people live healthier lives. I decided to specialize in internal medicine because I believe in prevention and cherish developing long-term relationships with my patients. I enjoy working with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group because I am able to focus on practicing medicine. I also appreciate how we are always looking to innovate and improve our medical care with scientifically-based evidence. My philosophy of care is to prevent disease. I believe that a healthy lifestyle and necessary medical screenings are crucial for my patients. Having worked for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for over 20 years, I have become good friends with many of my patients whom I have seen for many years. I also encourage my patients to utilize the valuable resources on kp.org, which also allows me to communicate securely with them through email. I have worked on the Medicare Strategy Committee and lead an initiative regarding the optimization of care for our senior population. I also have a special interest in the metabolic processes of the body.

How I thrive

I keep physically fit by exercising daily. I love to sit and relax with a good book and get lost in the storyline.

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My office

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Internal Medicine Department name
201 Hamakua Drive, Kailua, HI 96734
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Contact information

  • 24-hour prescription refill
  • 808-643-7979
  • 24/7 Advice
  • 808-432-2000
  • Appointment cancellations
  • 808-432-2000
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • 808-432-7600
  • Information and appointments
  • 808-432-2000
  • Member Services
  • 1-800-966-5955 (toll free)

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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

Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Patho

American Board of Pathology

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Medical training

Residency

Internal Medicine

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

Residency

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

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1990

Provider ID

887
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This page was last updated on:

12/14/2018