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Tiare Salassa, MD

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My specialty:
Orthopaedic Surgery

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Female

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About me

Born and raised on Oahu, I graduated from Punahou School, before attending the University of California, Los Angeles for my Bachelor of Science and returning home to study medicine at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. I went on to complete my residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota before traveling down under to do two fellowships - one in joint replacement surgery at Repatriation General Hospital and the second in orthopaedic trauma at Flinders Medical Centre, both in South Australia. I’m now board certified in orthopaedic surgery. After spending time on the mainland and abroad, I was ready to return to the community where I grew up. As a third-generation physician, I knew from an early age that medicine was my calling. Seeing the relationships my grandfather and uncle developed with their patients and the impact they had on their communities inspired me to follow in their footsteps.

About my practice

As a child, I was both fearless and awkward. After many broken bones, surgeries, casts, and stitches, I was well-versed in the world of medical care and emergency departments, and was fascinated by the body’s ability to heal itself. Orthopaedics, in particular, appeals to me, as it’s a specialty that allows people to go back to performing normal daily activities after their bones or muscles have been limited by an injury or disease. My professional interests include hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery.

I’ve presented research on knee and hip replacement at several professional meetings, including meetings of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association. This research has also been published in journals such as the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. I’ve also co-authored articles on surgical attire preventing infection in the operating room, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and on osteoarthritis of the hip, published in the journal Practical Pain Management.

Keeping up with the latest advances in my field comes naturally, as I enjoy reading medical journals. I also travel to medical conferences on the mainland, access online sources, and attend continuing education programs. My affiliations with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and the Hawaii Orthopedic Association also keep me connected to what’s happening in orthopaedics.

The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group offers everything that I look for in a medical practice, including the resources necessary to provide high-quality care to patients, a collegial work environment, and the opportunity to live and thrive at home in Hawaii.

My practice philosophy is simple – treat others as I’d like to be treated. I enjoy talking with patients and their families and helping them navigate the medical process from diagnosis to surgery to recovery.

How I thrive

To maintain my physical and mental fitness, I look for activities that combine strength and meditation. Some of my favorites include paddling and refinishing old furniture. Outside of work I also enjoy sewing, going to the beach, reading, hiking, and surfing with my husband and children.

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Medical groups & plans

Hawaii Permanente Medical Group

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 Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu , HI

Board certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

To verify board certification for an individual practitioner, please visit the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association, or the American Osteopathic Association websites.

Medical training


Orthopedic Surgery

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
Minneapolis , MN


Flinders Medical Centre
Bedford Park , Australia

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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