Philip A. Verhoef, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, California, and Illinois. I did my undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio and received my medical degree and doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. For my internship, residency, and fellowships I went to the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Chicago, and I now serve as an assistant professor at University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.
During residency I met my wife, who grew up in Honolulu. She came with me to the cold Midwest, and I promised that if she ever got a chance to move back to Hawaii, I’d be right alongside her. She later accepted a position as epidemiologist for the state of Hawaii, and here we are! My wife was thrilled to return to the islands, and we’re excited to be raising our two girls here.
My mother, a nurse, and my father, a biomedical researcher, instilled in me personal values that have served me well through the years. My wife is now my daily inspiration. I’d never have imagined moving to this wonderful place, if not for her.
About my practice
Fascination with my father’s biomedical research and the opportunity for lifelong learning led me to medical school. While rotating through my clinical clerkships, however, I became interested in patient care and education. In critical care I’m able to make an enormous difference for patients in a short time and form rewarding relationships. I love solving the mysteries of what makes people ill. And because critical illness can impact many different organ systems, it’s important that I understand the physiology of how all these systems work together to keep us healthy.
To stay current with medical research, I receive email summaries of newly published research, read journals, and attend conferences. I’m also active on social media where there’s a community of health professionals from around the world who engage in spirited debate.
Hawaii Permanente Medical Group provided me a perfect mix of clinical care experience, staff education, and the opportunity to continue research that I had begun on the mainland. The collegial, professional environment makes this an ideal place to practice medicine.
It’s important that physicians listen carefully to patients for the best clues to what’s ailing them. Compassion is also so important—nobody wants to be in the intensive care unit, and people need to know that this is a caring place. I enjoy taking the time to explain complex information and to answer questions clearly and honestly.
How I thrive
My wife is very supportive and a wonderful listener. Spending time with her and our daughters is my greatest joy. To stay fit I work out, go stand-up paddling, surfing, hiking, and bicycling. I'm also an avid vocal and instrumental musician. I enjoy Thai cooking, and I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to more than 25 countries. On the mainland I was involved in health care reform, a physicians’ choir, and kids’ health races.