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Faculty neurologists Matthew Koenig and Kazuma Nakagawa receive top awards from Heart Association
University of Hawaiʻi (UH) medical professors Kazuma Nakagawa, M.D. and Matthew Koenig, M.D. have been selected from volunteers across a 10-state region for their outstanding work with the American Heart Association. Dr. Koenig won the Quality and Systems Improvement Award, and Dr. Nakagawa was named Physician Volunteer of the Year.
Dr. Koenig’s Quality and Systems Improvement award (Western Region)
Koenig, who serves as chair of the Hawaiʻi Stroke Coalition, was honored for his outstanding contributions to improving the quality of patient care throughout state. Through his leadership, stroke acute care hospitals through Hawaiʻi are using the AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines” patient management tool to assess the records of over 30,000 stroke patients to identify opportunities to improve the care provided to them. Koenig has encouraged Hawaiʻi’s acute stroke care hospitals and EMS agencies to work together to identify ways to reduce the time to treatment, and improve the quality of care provided to stroke patients following medically-recognized best practices.