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UH Clinics at Kakaako: First on-campus clinical research space at the University of Hawai’i blessed December 5
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) dedicated the first on-campus clinical research space, the University of Hawaii (Hawaiʻi) Clinics at Kakaako (Kakaʻako) on December 5, 2015 with a blessing and the untying of a kukui leaf lei followed by an Open House.
On Friday, December 2, staff members from the Hawaii Center for AIDS joined hands to weave that kukui lei by hand. Kukui is a Native Hawaiian healing plant, one of four which were selected in 2003 by Native Hawaiian physicians to be displayed in artwork around the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Kakaako campus to reflect the school’s dedication to promoting Native Hawaiian health.
The University of Hawaii Clinics at Kakaako is a multi-purpose research and medical care clinic located directly on the grounds of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)’s Kakaako campus. This new clinic has a waiting/reception room, office and charting areas, eight examination rooms, a room to accommodate the dual energy absorptiometry (DXA) machine and two procedure rooms. Together with other research and medical clinics, this space will also be the future home of the Clint Spencer Clinic and the research clinics of the Hawaii Center for AIDS.
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center, also located at Kakaako, will conduct clinical studies in the UH Clinics at Kakaako. Among the planned studies are the ongoing investigation into whether hula can provide benefits that speed the recovery for breast cancer survivors after treatment. Drs. Herbert Yu, Erin Bantum and Lenora Loo are the Investigators. The Kakaako clinics will provide participants in the study a convenient place to be monitored by the researchers.
Also expected to use clinical space is Dr. Tom Wills, who has published research showing the use of electronic cigarettes on adolescents is growing at a higher rate than among mainland teens. And the UH Cancer Center’s Drs. Loic LeMarchand, Unhee Lim, and Gertraud Maskarinec will continue their clinical intervention studies that require supervision at the new, more convenient location.
JABSOM also operates full-service medical clinics off campus, the Lau Ola Clinic at 677 Ala Moana Boulevard and the Mililani Physician Center. Further, our physicians serve as faculty and practicing doctors in our community hospital partner sites at Hawaii Pacific Health (Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health), The Queen’s Medical Center (Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry), Kuakini Health Systems (Geriatric Medicine) and at the Castle Medical Center, the Kaiser Permanente Health System and the Tripler/Veterans Administration medical centers.