National Doctors' Day is celebrated annually on March 30 to honor the care physicians give to their patients, the work they do in their communities and their extraordinary devotion to saving lives.
In recognition of all of our dedicated doctors, five Hawaii Pacific Health health care professionals represent their colleagues in a MidWeek cover story, in which they share their personal stories about their commitment to creating a healthier Hawaii. Pictured above, from left to right, are:
- Dr. Ian Okazaki, hematologist/oncologist, Straub Medical Center, and division chief of Hematology/Oncology, Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group.
- Dr. Anne Dempsey, internal medicine physician, Kauai Medical Clinic, and section chief of Primary Care for Kauai-Wilcox, Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group.
- Dr. Russell Woo, pediatric surgeon, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, and Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group member.
- Dr. Kelly Yamasato, OB-GYN, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, and division chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group.
- Dr. Mark Grief, surgeon, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Hawaii Health Partners member.
These doctors are just a few of the hundreds of medical professionals who are part of our dedicated HPH ohana of caregivers who all work in collaboration with each other. Their individual histories and specialties vary, but what ties all of their contributions together are shared values — close attention to team-based multidisciplinary care; forging relationships with patients and their families; an emphasis on the importance of education and research; and striving to achieve our mission of creating a healthier Hawaii.
The MidWeek issue is available on Oahu this week and on Kauai next week. You can also read the story online.
Photo courtesy Lawrence Tabudlo/MidWeek.