University of Hawaii

MMS Faculty

Patricia Nishimoto, D.N.S., F.A.A.N.


Dr. Patricia Nishimoto is currently the Adult Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Palliative Care Nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Science from UCSF where she did her dissertation on Sexuality of Men Following Prostate Surgery. Since that time, she has both published and spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of sexuality and how it is affected by diagnoses and treatments.

She helped establish Ho`oulu Me Ka Ikaika (Grow with Strength), an annual camp for teenagers diagnosed with cancer, initiating the ‘Dr. Pat’ workshop facilitating teens to discuss their body image changes caused by surgeries, medication side effects and disease. Her chapter on Sexuality in the Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing is used as a basis for national testing of nurses for oncology certification. She wrote the “Dr. Pat” Column in the local oncology nursing society newsletter which addressed questions nurses had about their patients’ sexual issues.

Dr. Nishimoto is an active volunteer in the community with Palama Settlement, Kokua Mau, Hospice Camp, and professional organizations. She guest lectures at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Medicine and is a clinical preceptor for nursing and psychology students.

Her current passion is the use of expressive arts and the care of patients and their family members. She met with Vice President Pence’s wife and daughters earlier this year to discuss the expressive arts program (Oncology on Canvas) being done annually at Tripler Army Medical Center since 2009. Dr. Nishimoto and the research team members recently completed their third research study on this program.

On a personal level, she and her husband are proud to be godparents of 19 amazing godchildren who are scattered around the world in Germany, Scotland, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, California, Arizona, Minnesota, and Hawai’i.

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