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John T. Watabe, MD

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My specialty:
Radiology: Interventional

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

I was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, a small suburban town an hour from New York City. My father was an airline manager, so I was fortunate to vacation in Hawaii a few times as a child. In medical school I did two clerkships here, and I was later assigned to Hawaii as part of my service obligation to the U.S. Army in return for the medical school scholarship I received. My father had a great influence on my life. He taught me the value of hard work and treating others with benevolence, respect, and dignity.

About my practice

In college I did a clerkship with a famous pediatrician who helped pioneer the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and phenylketonuria. She was a mentor to me and her unmatched dedication, compassion, and caring became a lifelong inspiration. I chose interventional radiology as a specialty after receiving some wise advice from other physician mentors. Interventional radiology requires a unique combination of diagnostic imaging skills (CT, MRI, ultrasound) and therapeutic skills for minimally invasive image-guided therapies. It's a field that poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges and which requires innovation and technological expertise. I love my work and I love being able to help other physicians and patients. After residency, I served as a radiologist in Heidelberg, Germany for two years. I was later assigned to Tripler Medical Center as a staff attending for three years before joining Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG). HPMG has the best teamwork and collaboration among physicians and staff of any medical group I've worked in. Thanks to our capable staff, at Kaiser Permanente I can focus on patient care rather than on billing, advertising, or marketing. My philosophy of care is to treat my patients like family. I strive to do what is in the best interest of my patients, to protect them from harm and to be helpful. Communication, compassion, and caring for each member’s concerns are critically important in providing high-quality health care. I'm a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Society of Interventional Radiology, and the Western Angiographic & Interventional Society.

How I thrive

To stay healthy, I play tennis, golf, ski and exercise regularly. I value the time I spend with friends and family, and I especially enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

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My office

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Radiology
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

Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston , MA

Board certification

Diagnostic Radiology

American Board of Radiology

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Medical training

Internship

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Tripler Army Medical Center
Honolulu , HI

Residency

Diagnostic Radiology

Tripler Army Medical Center
Tripler AMC , HI

Fellowship

Interventional Radiology

University of California (San Francisco) Medical Center
San Francisco , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1998

Provider ID

4068
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This page was last updated on:

11/20/2019