I moved to Hawaii from Iowa when I was 12 years old. It took me some time to adjust to the cultural change between two such different places, but I was fortunate to find great friends and an extended ohana shortly after moving to the islands. I earned my medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, did my internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Colorado, Denver, and then did a fellowship there in endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes. In my first week of medical school, students were warned to choose their study partners wisely. I certainly did, because my study partner later became my wife.
I was drawn to a career that involved lifelong learning and fostering relationships. Within the first three months of medical school, I had a great experience doing a rotation at Tripler Army Medical Center, saw my first endocrine cases, and was hooked.
At a Hospital Medicine Symposium in Denver, I presented a case report of diabetes insipidus — a metabolism disorder. At another conference at the University of Colorado, I spoke on insulin management, thyroid storm, Turner Syndrome, steroid abuse, hormone deficiencies in HIV/AIDS, and fragility fractures.
My research has been published in journals such as The Hospitalist, Endocrine Practice, Clinical Neuropathology, and Endocrine Secrets.
I stay current in my field and in medicine generally by reading professional journals, attending teaching conferences, and accessing web-based materials and programs.
The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group allows me to focus my attention on the most important task of a physician, namely, caring for patients. My philosophy of care is to ensure that patients understand their conditions and to provide the guidance and support to allow them to make the best decisions regarding their care. I enjoy hearing patients’ most important and pressing questions, filling in the gaps, and seeing them become more empowered in the process.
To stay mentally and physically fit, I enjoy running. It helps me stay focused and encourages me to make healthy choices. If the weather is good, I'm probably outdoors.