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$5 million gift invests in UH Medical School OB/GYN training and research
University of Hawaii medical students, residents and faculty from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) are involved in the deliveries of one third of the babies born in Hawaii every year, many of them high risk births, and many born to families unable to pay for the service.
Thanks to a $5 million dollar gift to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, the program will be able to invest in its clinical training, research and faculty development–to continue providing excellent care to expecting mothers and their babies.
The gift comes from the Kosasa family, who founded ABC Stores in 1964. It is the largest private philanthropic investment to date by an individual donor or family, to the university’s medical school. The gift is being given just as the medical school kicks off the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1965.
Dr. Thomas Kosasa represented the Kosasa family at an informal announcement to faculty and residents at Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where he is professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health.
Kosasa says part of the gift will create the $4 million Kosasa Endowed Chair for current department chair Zalud. The other $1 million will create two Kosasa Endowed professorships.
This isn’t the first gift from the Kosasa family—in 2000 the family invested in the start-up of the university’s Institute for Biogenesis Research.
The Kosasa family’s investment coupled with the recent gift from Dr. Santosh Sharma to create the Lakshmi Devi and Devraj Sharma Endowed Chair, brings to $7 million the amount of endowed faculty commitments made to the department in the past six months.
The UH Board of Regents approved the Kosasa gift at its monthly meeting on January 22, 2015. The endowments will be held and managed by the UH Foundation.
We at the John A. Burns School of Medicine are also grateful for our partners in medical training at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, where both our Departments of OB-GYN and Women’s Health and Pediatrics are administratively based.
About the JABSOM Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology (OB-GYN) and Women’s Health
Physicians with JABSOM OB-GYN Department provide coverage for multiple hospitals in Hawaii including Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, The Queen’s Medical Center and Pali Momi Medical Center.
JABSOM OB-GYN physicians provide high quality care to women facing heath problems though their life span, including complications and high-risk pregnancies. This dedicated group also provides essential services to many under-insured patients in Hawaii.
In addition to directly serving Hawaii’s families, the UH Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women’s Health creates its clinical learning environment for medical students, residents & fellows through its University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) practice, giving all learners the robust real-world experience they need. The department has 37 physicians, including four who are part-time and three professors emeritus. Another 107 OB-GYN physicians in Hawaii are volunteer faculty. Specialty training is offered in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Planning and Maternal Fetal Medicine.