Valynn T. Pham, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
My grandmother brought us to the U.S. after the war in Vietnam. It’s because of her courage that I’ve been able to pursue my dreams. I was born in Hilo and grew up in Honolulu. My brother was deaf and passed away from brain cancer at a young age. His optimism and strength inspired me to help those like him, and I thus chose a medical career. I went to Radford High School, earned my Bachelor of Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and graduated from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.
About my practice
As the oldest of four children, I often accompanied my brother to his doctor visits and treatments, and I was touched by the compassion shown by his physicians and providers. Before medical school I was a nursing student and a medical assistant for an internist. These experiences led me to the internal medicine specialty. My goal is to care for the people of Hawaii as a primary care physician focusing on palliative medicine and geriatrics. Medical education and social justice are also important to me.
I’ve been honored with membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Friends of the Medical School Po’okela No’oeau Award, and the Dean’s Certificate of Distinction in Medical Education. I was co-vice president of the class of 2016, co-president of the Internal Medicine Interest Group, a board member of both the Medical Student Mentorship Program and the Howard and Dorothy McGuire Fund, and project leader of the Hawaii Outreach Medical Education Project.
I’ve presented posters at the Health Professions Education Conference and the Western Group of Educational Affairs Conference on mentoring of pre-medical students and medical education. I wrote a research paper published in Nursing Forum on dietary intake of Filipinos at risk for type 2 diabetes.
I keep up-to-date in medicine by reading UpToDate, DynamedPlus, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Belonging to the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Hawaii Medical Association also gives me access to information on the latest medical advances.
As a medical student, I had a very positive experience doing a rotation with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG). My preceptors were excellent teachers, physicians, and examples of amazing human beings. I aspire to be like them, and I look forward to participating in the Great Aloha Run and Kaiser Permanente’s other community activities.
I believe in doctor-patient relationships and compassionate, individualized care. As a doctor I empower patients to take charge of their health. I want to get to know my patients and have them know me. Building trust creates a meaningful relationship that can have a great impact on patients and doctors alike. How the physician makes a patient feel can make a big difference.
How I thrive
To keep in shape, I hike, swim, dance, and practice yoga. I enjoy quality time with the people I love — having a meal, watching a movie, or just hanging out. I also like eating, baking, cooking, doing arts and crafts, reading fiction, listening to music, traveling and staying organized.