News, Media, Communications

Working with our MD medical students is just one of the many aspects of our job.

The Communications Team at the John A. Burns School of Medicine shares news about our school in a variety of ways. Find the latest headlines, videos and photos on our special news website, UH Med Now. Connect with us by clicking on any of the social media icons at the foot of our webpages. We also issue a weekly eNewsletter and an annual “Dean’s Report” summarizing news of the year.

Working news media should contact the Office of Media, Communications and Government Affairs for additional information about our school, breaking news, or high-resolution video files for broadcast.



Paula Bender, Acting Director of Communications, is holding down the fort while her colleague Deborah Manog Dimaya enjoys maternity leave with her husband and their baby girl.

Until Deborah returns, Paula works closely with Vina Cristobal on both internal and external communications at the medical school, and assists news media with inquiries involving the medical school or its faculty, staff and students. Paula also produces videos, photographs, news releases and news stories for the UH Med Now news blog and other parts of our website. She directs multiple social media outlets for the Dean’s Office, and produces both internal and community/alumni eNewsletters. Paula also serves as Legislative and Government Affairs Coordinator for JABSOM.

The USAF brought her to Hawaii in 1981. A Journalism major at UH Mānoa (’94), Paula has been on staff at The Honolulu Advertiser and Pacific Business News. She served as a public affairs specialist, publicist, writer, webmaster, and editor at Oceanic Institute. She was also a writer of provider communications at Hawaii Medical Service Association. She has freelanced for many publications including Sports Illustrated, The Chicago Tribune, and Pregnancy magazine.

Paula was a stringer for Thomson Reuters with the National Press Corps during President Barack Obama’s Winter in Hawaii visits in 2014 and 2016 (2015 she was down with Melanoma Stage 3a). They sat in the van a lot, but, it was the Obama ‘Ohana!


Paula Bender

(808) 371-2821




photo of Deborah Manog DimayaDeborah Manog Dimaya, Deputy Director of Communications, is a multimedia journalist, producing original content in the form of news stories, videos and photos and creating video news releases for distribution to the media. Dimaya graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, receiving Bachelor’s degrees in both Journalism and Ilokano Language & Literature. Prior to joining JABSOM in 2017, she was the sole Communications & Marketing Specialist for Hawaiʻi Catholic Schools for two years and had been a freelance reporter and videographer for local publications including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Deborah Manog Dimaya
(808) 398-0367


Collaborating with the JABSOM Communications Team is Vina Cristobal, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (UHP), the JABSOM faculty practice plan. She creates visual content for the UHP Hawaiʻi (and JABSOM) websites and social media networks, and is a talented videographer and video editor. Vina graduated from Honolulu’s Chaminade University, majoring in Communications.

Vina Cristobal
(808) 469-4953


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