department of geriatrics - faculty

Aparajita “Raji” Adhikary, D.O.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Medicine

Samina Ahsan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Skin & Wound Care, C. Difficile Infection in LTC

Christina Bell, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Medical Decision Making, Geriatric Education, Palliative Care

Patricia Lanoie Blanchette, M.D., MPH.
Professor & Chair, Department of Geriatric Medicine
Director, John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics
Areas of Interest: Medical Administration, Geriatric Education, Alzheimer’s Disease

Michael Carethers, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Areas of Interest: Geriatric Medicine, Vitamin B12, Preventive Medicine, Hypertension

Craig T. China, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Geriatrician, Department of Veterans Affairs
Areas of Interest: Geriatric Education,
End-of-life Care

Dalia Elsemary, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Long-Term Care, Home Care, Ambulatory Care

James Epure, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Geriatrician, Department of Veterans Affairs
Areas of Interest: Nursing Home Administration, Osteoporosis, Medical Informatics

Diane Faran, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine; Medical Director, Hospice Hawaii
Areas of Interest: Communication, Palliative Medicine, Medical Education

Ritabelle Fernandes, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic
Areas of Interest: Immunization in the Elderly, End–of-Life Care, Community Education, Psychosis in Alzheimer’s Disease

Daniel Fischberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Medical Director, Pain & Palliative Care Department, The Queen’s Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Palliative Care, Pain Management

Bret Flynn, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, Queen’s Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Home Care, Palliative/Hospice Care, Dementia, Caregiver Issues

Robert Gries, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine; Director, Teaching Nursing Home Service 2
Areas of Interest: Nursing Home Medicine, Geriatric Education, Palliative Care

Stephen Hale, M.D.
Straub Hospital

Shari Kogan, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director of Geriatrics, Queen’s Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Frail Elders, Delirium, Dementia, Pain Management

Patricia Rios Laurel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Home Care, Palliative Care, Long-Term Care

Kamal Masaki, M.D.
Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Clinical Director for Research Programs: Honolulu Heart Program & Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, Lifespan Study, Women’s Health Initiative Hawaii Center
PI: WHI Memory study Hawaii Center; Director, National training Center for Aging Research for Medical Students
Areas of Interest: Geriatric Education, Dementia, Successful Aging, Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly, Orthostatic Hypotension, Osteoporosis, Women’s Health

Lavonda Mee-Lee Nakamoto, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Teaching Nursing Home Service 1
Areas of Interest: Nursing Home Medicine, Geriatric Education,

Dawn Minaai, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente
Areas of Interest: Primary Care Geriatrics, Mental Health Issues in the Elderly

Rachel Murkofsky M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Home Care, House Calls, Health Care Policy

Lam Nguyen, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, The Queen’s Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Palliative Care, Inpatient Geriatric Medicine

Oleksandr “Alex” Pishchalenko, M.D.
Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Leahi Outpatient Geriatrics Clinic
Areas of Interest: Nursing Home Care & Management, Geriatric Medical Education, Behavioral Disturbance in Dementia Patients, Cross-Cultural Geriatrics (Pacific Region emphasis)

Elizabeth Rhee, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, The Queen’s Medical Center
Areas of Interest: Healthy Aging & Ethnogeriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Osteoporosis, Caregiver Issues

Sherry Saito, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente
Areas of Interest: Palliative Medicine & Hospice Care, Frail Elderly, & Home Care

Rae Seitz, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Areas of Interest: Chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care, Communication, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

Kavita Sharma, MD
Clinical Assistant Profesor of Geriatric Medicine
Director of Geriatrics, Kaiser Permanente

Emese Somogyi-Zalud, M.D.
Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Division Chief, Palliative Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Hospice Hawaii
Areas of Interest: Ethical Issues, End-of-Life Care

Bruce Tamura, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Teaching Nursing Home Service 3
Areas of Interest: Long-Term Care

Marianne Tanabe, M.D.
Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Kuakini Inpatient Service
Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Cultural Competency, Inpatient Geriatric Care

Diane Thompson, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Cancer Program at The Queen’s Medical Center, Department of Oncology
Areas of Interest: Psychiatric Oncology, Quality of Life in Cancer Care, Women’s health, Hospital Program Development

Liane Tokushige, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Staff Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente
Areas of Interest: Rehabilitation in the Elderly, Rheumatology in the Elderly, Pain Management in the Elderly, Hospice, Palliative Medicine

Aida Wen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Long-Term Care Medical Direction, Palliative Care, Dementia

Warren F. Wong, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine Kaiser Permanente
Areas of Interest: Dementia, Models of Population Management


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