Joseph S. Hong, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born in Oakland, California, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to the University of California, Davis for my bachelor’s degree and attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia for my medical degree. I completed my internship and residency at California Pacific Medical Center.
I first came to Hawaii to serve as chief resident in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program. I’m indebted to my entire family for supporting and encouraging me as I went through my medical training in pursuit of a fulfilling career in medicine.
About my practice
When I was growing up, I watched my grandmother cope with Alzheimer's disease. Having seen first-hand how debilitating an illness can be, I decided to become a doctor so that I could help people during these difficult times. My chosen specialty, internal medicine, is intellectually stimulating; looks at a person as a whole, rather than as just an illness or symptom; and can lead to rewarding long-term relationships between patient and doctor.
At a meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine I presented a poster on improving follow-up after hospitalization. I also presented posters on botulism poisoning and problems of oxygen flow in the elderly at meetings of the American College of Physicians.
To ensure that I’m keeping up with the most current medical knowledge, I reference the online service UpToDate and read publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine. My professional organizations, such as the American Medical Association and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, also put out valuable information. I’m particularly interested in medical education and have always valued lifelong learning
I chose to become a part of the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program because of its culture of education, service, integrity, compassion, and excellence. By working with the physicians and providers of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I have more opportunities for professional growth that will help me deliver the highest-quality care to the people of Hawaii.
It’s a privilege to be in a position in which I can assist people in need. By listening to and engaging with them, I'm better able to individualize their treatments. I learn from all of my patients and value the time we have together.
How I thrive
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to me. To stay fit, I play basketball, football, and soccer, go hiking, and spend time in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Outside of work I enjoy going to church and hanging out with my friends, barbecuing, or watching a movie. And, lastly, I’m determined to learn how to cook healthy meals at home!