University of Hawaii

MMS Faculty

Kamal Masaki, MD

Dr. Kamal Masaki is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. She earned her medical degree at the University of Bombay, India, and completed Internal Medicine Residency training at Michigan State University and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa.

Dr. Masaki was the Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa for 8 years, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society. She has been performing aging research for over 28 years, and has been an Investigator and Clinical Director for many large longitudinal epidemiologic studies, including the internationally renowned Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program, Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, Hawaii Lifespan Study, Hawaii Healthspan Study, and related offspring studies. She was Clinical Director for the Women's Health Initiative Hawaii Clinical Center, and Principal Investigator for an ancillary study, the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study Hawaii Center.

Dr. Masaki is the Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics at the University of Hawaii. She is Co-Principal Investigator for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (HRSA grant). She was previously Principal Investigator for a training grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and Co-Principal Investigator for the Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center (HRSA grant, PI 2008-13). She was previously Principal Investigator of the Hawaii Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) grant from the NIA, which designated the University of Hawaii one of seven national training centers for aging research (2005-10). She has a strong track record for mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty in aging research.

Dr. Masaki has received numerous teaching and research awards, and was selected by Hawaii physicians to "The Best Doctors in America" 3 times. She is a co-author on over 250 publications in scientific journals. On a personal level, she loves roller coasters!




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