Denis S. Yamada, PA-C
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I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I grew up in a family of six. My parents worked hard and were dedicated to providing for our family. As we were growing up, they encouraged us to follow our dreams and make the most out of life. My inspiration and drive to become a physician assistant came from them.
I was born and raised in Hawaii. After graduating from Aiea High School, I went to the University of Oregon for my bachelor’s degree in science. I continued on at the University of Oregon and completed a master’s of science degree with a double major in athletic training and health education. From there, I attended Duke University’s physician assistant program in North Carolina and completed a bachelor’s degree in health sciences there, as well. I am dual board certified as a physician assistant and athletic trainer.
I have worked as a physician assistant in various orthopaedic, sports medicine environments over the past 25 years. Most recently, I received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the U.S. Army and a Most Outstanding Clinical Preceptor award in Orthopaedics from Interservice Physician Assistant Program.
About my practice
Being a provider is rewarding and fulfilling, as health care touches each and every one of us. I always enjoyed studying anatomy, physiology, and human movement, so I’ve chosen to work in orthopaedics. My professional interests include sports and sports science and medicine.
At a conference of the American College of Sports Medicine I gave a presentation on performance characteristics of outrigger canoe paddlers. My research has been published in the Hawaii Medical Journal and Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, the flagship journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.
To stay up-to-date with medical research, I read medical journals, attend professional conferences both in Hawaii and on the mainland, access online resources such as Online Review and UpToDate, and collaborate with my colleagues.
Being a part of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group allows me to apply my skills and knowledge in an environment of support and camaraderie. I work with a great group of orthopaedic providers as well as excellent specialists in other areas.
I like to connect with my patients by learning about their livelihood and their goals. It’s important for providers to take into consideration how their patients’ conditions affect their lifestyles and to plan treatment accordingly.
How I thrive
I appreciate the many outdoor recreational opportunities available in this beautiful state and try to exercise weekly, both in the water and on land. Besides enjoying eating, I surf, golf, fish, free dive, and do projects around the house.