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Dr. Kalani Brady receives “President’s Award,” MD students get book scholarship awards at HMA event

Date: October 7th, 2019 in Faculty, Giving, Student Life    Print or PDF

Dean and Students at the HMA event

Pictured: Dean Jerris Hedges and MD students at the Ola Pono Ike Gala.

By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director

Dr. Kalani Brady, Director of Faculty Affairs, Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Associate Professor of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) received the Hawaiʻi Medical Association (HMA) President’s Award at the annual Ola Pono Ike gala on October 5th.

Kalani Brady, MD, Dr. Nanette Judd, Winona Lee, MD and Ms. Jun Look at the HMA 2019 Ola Pono Ike.


Dr. Brady, a former president of HMA, also sang The Queen’s Prayer, led the attendees in singing Hawaiʻi Aloha and performed a processional chant for the past presidents during a busy evening for him. Through the gifts of two generous donors, Dr. Brady’s staff in CME and Faculty Affairs were able to attend the celebration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort to celebrate with him.

Ola Pono Ike also provides scholarship support for students of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine. This year MD students Samuel Bell and Nicholas Simon (2nd year) and Sydney Yee and Tate Higashihara (1st year) received Hawaiʻi Medical Association Book Scholarship Fund awards.

The event also included the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Livingston Wong, organ transplant pioneer in Hawaiʻi, who performed the islands’ first kidney transplant in 1969. Dr. Wong also was a force behind bringing “9-1-1 here,” having Hawaiʻi helped establish the Hawaiʻi Statewide Emergency Management System.

The HMA also named of Dr. Scott Miscovich, a family medicine doctor, as Physician of the Year during the event’s awards ceremony. Dr. Mischovich, along with Lt. Gov. Josh Green, MD, co-founded H4, which has been instrumental in the launch of Joint Outreach Centers (medical clinics) for the homeless on Oʻahu.

The HMA also installed its newest president, psychiatrist Dr. Michael Champion, during Ola Pona Ike.

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