Li-Hsieh Chen, MDR
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born in Taiwan and came to Hawaii when I was five years old. My parents have been a great influence on me. They have an amazing work ethic and always think of others first. My older brother also inspired me, as he was the first in our family to become a physician. I attended Kahuku High School on Oahu and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii. I went to medical school at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.
About my practice
Coming out of college with a degree in chemistry, I knew that I wanted a career in science, but I couldn’t decide which one. My brother, who was in medical school at the time, persuaded me to do some volunteer work that would give me an idea of whether I, too, would enjoy medicine. That push started me on my path to becoming a physician.
I’ve chosen internal medicine for my residency training because I really enjoy connecting with people and helping them to manage their health issues. I hope to eventually become a primary care physician.
I look forward to the many opportunities I’ll have as a resident to connect with the people of Hawaii, both through Kaiser Permanente and as a member of the community.
To stay current in medicine, I read the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the AMA news services, and the online resource UpToDate. My membership in the AMA, an educational and professional organization, also gives me access to critical information.
I grew up as a Kaiser Permanente member and was always impressed with the care provided to my family and me. I had the same physician for more than 20 years, and I hope to establish that same sort of bond with my own patients over time. When I was considering doing my training here, it was also encouraging to hear great things about the program from the current residents.
As a resident, I’m still working on developing my philosophy of care, and at this point I’m keeping an open mind. I’m working on building rapport with patients quickly in order to be able to take proper care of them. I see each patient as a mentor to me in this area.
How I thrive
To stay in shape and to be healthy both physically and emotionally, I exercise, work on my family’s farm, and practice tai chi. To relax, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.