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Pictured: Dr. Raymond Itagaki (JABSOM MD 1975) By A.J. McWhorter UH Med Now The Raymond K. Itagaki, MD Endowed Memorial scholarship was recently established at the University of Hawaiʻi in memory of Dr. Raymond K. Itagaki. Dr. Itagaki served in the Air Force as an officer during the Vietnam War. He entered the John A. […]

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Pictured: In Kalihi, Dr.Seiji Yamada (Family Medicine and Community Health), Dr. Michael Walter, Kalihi-Pālama Health Center Medical Director, and donation drive organizers Joel Sabugo, Arcelita Imasa (and baby) and Gabriel Lapid, UH medical students. The children’s book drive organized by students of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) exceeded its goal. Six hundred […]

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Pictured: Mourners say goodbye from shore at the 2017 Willed Body Ceremony. Photos by Amanda Shell. University of Hawaiʻi medical students carried the remains of anatomy body donors this weekend, embarking on a final journey with those who have silently taught them the secrets of the human body. The students boarded canoes, which were paddled […]

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PHOTO: Wo JABSOM Scholarship Guests (Front Row Left to Right) James Ha, Rachel Lee, Leimomi Kanagusuku, Asia Ayabe (Back Row Left to Right) Sean Awakuni, Margie Wo, Ric Wo, Keola Kane, Roy Magnusson, representing University Health Partners Now in their second year, two Wo Family Scholarships funded by the Benedict and Miriam Lau Foundation, are […]

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Pictured: Will Henderson’s puʻolo is lowered to the surface of the sea by MD 2020 student Gavin Ha. With great care, medical students Leimomi Kanagasuku (MD 2018), Gavin Ha (MD 2020) and Nina Beckwith (MD 2018) boarded a canoe crewed by the Kailua Canoe Club, carrying with them Henderson’s ashes, wrapped in a ti leaf […]

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By Elaine Evans, Director of JABSOM Development For nearly 16 years, Thomas J. Whelan, Jr. MD – aka “THE GENERAL” – was the heart and soul of the Department of Surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). He was an extraordinary teacher, mentor and friend to the faculty and trainees in the […]

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