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New book debuts: 50 Years of Healing in Hawai’i, the history of the University of Hawaiii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Date: July 15th, 2015 in Alumni News, Giving, JABSOM News    Print or PDF

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The medical schoolʻs 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraising Gala is a sellout for July 18, 2015 at the Sheraton-Waikīkī. One of the highlights of the event will be the debut of a specially-produced book, The John A. Burns School of Medicine: 50 Years of Healing in Hawaiʻi, which represents the work of many hands the past few months.

Larry Fleece interviews former Governor Benjamin Cayetano about the evolution of the UH medical school.

At right, author Larry Fleece interviews former Governor Benjamin Cayetano about his role in selecting Kakaʻako for the new campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Governor Cayetano is among scores of people interviewed for the new book.

The book was made possible by the generous support of the Hans & Ilza Veith Fund in the History of Medicine, made in memory of Dr. Charles Judd, Jr. Each of its 10 chapters tells the story of people who laid the foundation for the University of Hawaiʻi medical school, including those who came together in 1965 to conceive and work toward passing legislation authorizing the university to create a medical school. The book recounts the collaboration between Hawaiʻi’s major hospitals and the University which resulted in a unique, thriving partnership where JABSOM clinical faculty are embedded within the hospitals, and our medical students and MD interns, residents and fellows train in those settings, exposing them to patients from all parts of Hawaiʻi and all walks of life.

We are grateful to all of those whose vision and energy has made JABSOM thrive, and many of them made themselves available to be interviewed for the book and for a series of video vignettes produced in tandem with the book.

About the author
The author of John A. Burns School of Medicine: 50 Years of Healing in Hawaiʻi is Larry Fleece, a graduate of Kalani High School and Stanford University whose father was a University of Hawai’i at Mānoa professor. Larry put his considerable writing talents and his heart into describing JABSOM’s lasting impact in our community. Larry began his career at KGMB-TV in the 1980s, going on to become a nationally-regarded professional in broadcasting based in the Los Angeles area. Larry has enjoyed a long career producing nationally-televised news programs and documentaries, while also finding time to write books about Hawaiʻi icons. They include Perry on the Left, Price on the Right: Thirty Years with the Odd Couple of Island Radio, and Gentleman Ed Francis Presents 50th State Big Time Wrestling!

John A. Burns School of Medicine: 50 Years of Healing in Hawaiʻi is being given to the generous donors who purchased tables at the gala. The book is edited by George Engebretson, the publisher of Legacy Isle Publishing in Honolulu.

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