John W. Neighbors, MDR
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born and raised in a rural town in North Carolina. My family’s always been a strong positive influence on me, supporting me through life’s challenges and encouraging me to achieve my goals. I earned my Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and completed a Master of Science at Georgetown University. I then got my medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland. I came to Oahu for several clinical rotations, and after doing a surgery internship at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, I knew that this is where I wanted to live and work.
About my practice
While I was overseas with the military, I saw the good a doctor can bring to a community. The act of taking time to listen to someone's needs and providing comfort, extending advice, and distributing simple remedies meant the world to people lacking even the most basic services. That experience gave me a feeling of fulfillment I had never experienced, and I realized then that medicine was my calling.
I decided to specialize in internal medicine because of the opportunity this field provides for ongoing relationships between physicians and patients. A deeper understanding of a patient can help ensure a better overall experience. My specific interests include critical care, nephrology, complementary and alternative medicine, and sleep medicine.
My research on vitamin D and sleep disorders was published in the journal Sleep Medicine. To keep up with current developments in medicine, I consult various online sources, read journals that publish new research findings, and collaborate with peers and supervisors.
My decision to join Kaiser Permanente was influenced by its culture of collaboration and support that I observed both inside the organization and in the community. I believe that the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program offers a great opportunity for a physician to grow professionally and provide quality care to the people of Hawaii.
In order to determine health goals and treatment plans that are appropriate to a patient’s lifestyle and unique needs, it’s important to establish trust. Best of all is when doctor and patient work as a team toward the common goal of optimal health.
How I thrive
In order to stay physically and mentally healthy, I go running, hiking, surfing, scuba diving, and motorcycle riding. Being outside, experiencing the natural beauty of the Islands is one of my favorite ways to relax and rejuvenate. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, reading fiction, streaming new shows, and traveling internationally.