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Luca Vassalli, MD

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My specialty:
Otolaryngology (Ent)

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, and was the only member of a large family to come to the U.S., where I attended college. Although I have lived mostly in the U.S. from the age of 18, I enjoy returning to Italy regularly to visit family.

About my practice

I was drawn to practicing medicine because it allowed me to combine my scientific interest in science and biology with the practical aspects and rewards of applied science. When I rotated through the otolaryngology department in my third year of medical school, I became interested in the detailed anatomy of the ear, nose and throat. I also liked the fact that the specialty combined aspects of medicine and surgery.After my initial two years at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), I spent time in Italy doing specialty training in ear surgery. Over the next 20 years in Southern California, my practice covered the entire spectrum of my specialty. I returned to HPMG in 2011, and since then I have been the chief of my department.I appreciate being part of HPMG versus a private practice because I love being able to focus on patient care without worrying about running the day-to-day operations of a business. At HPMG, I can consult any specialist at a moment’s notice, and I have immediate access to the patient's medical records. I also really enjoy the contact with like-minded physicians.I believe that the patient comes first, and the doctor must be able to listen to his or her concerns and demonstrate empathy. I appreciate both patients who are thankful for what I do, and the more challenging patients who may be frustrated with the outcome of prior treatment.In California I frequently gave community lectures on sleep apnea and sinus disease. I have presented research papers on ear problems at several national and international meetings in Florida and Denmark.

How I thrive

I exercise one hour every day, and enjoy running, hiking and biking. I also love to go backpacking with my children.I enjoy reading non-fiction books, biking, golf, hiking, and travel.

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

Ent Department name
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

University of California (Davis) Medical Center
Sacramento , CA

Board certification


American Board of Otolaryngology

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Medical training


University of Illinois @ Chicago
Chicago , IL



University of Illinois @ Chicago
Chicago , IL


Otology Group
Parcenza, Italy , Italy

Joined Permanente Medical Group


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My hospitals

I have admitting privileges at the following hospitals:

3288 Moanalua Road, Honolulu, HI 96819

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