MEMORIAL FUND established to honor Dr. Max Botticelli, academic medicine pioneer at the University of Hawai’i

The family of academic medicine pioneer Dr. Max Botticelli has told the school that instead of flowers, it encourages donations in his honor be made to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).                                                                   

JABSOM’s ‘ohana and Dr. Jerris Hedges were deeply saddened by Dr. Botticelli’s death on March 22. “At the same time,” said Dr. Hedges, “We gratefully recall the significant contributions Professor Botticelli made to the education and training of generations of physicians from Hawaii.

“Dr. Botticelli was a leader integral to the tremendous advancement in the quality of health care in our state which can be attributed to the training offered at our school in partnership with Hawaii’s teaching hospitals, The Queen’s Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific Health’s medical centers and Wahiawa Hospital, as well as other partnerships in clinics and hospitals (and the offices of nearly 1,000 volunteer physician faculty members) statewide.

Nearly half of all practicing physicians in Hawai’i have been trained at the University of Hawai’i’s medical school. “That is the tremendous legacy of physician-educators like Dr. Max Botticelli and of the vision of Governor John Burns, our Hawai’i State Legislature, elected and community leaders who have followed, and the people of Hawai’i who continue to support Hawai’i’s medical school,” said Dean Hedges.

Donations in Dr. Botticelli’s honor
Donations in memory of Dr. Botticelli can be made through the University of Hawaii Foundation to benefit the John A. Burns School of Medicine by clicking HERE

More about Dr. Botticelli, by his daughter, Ann
Max Botticelli was born on Dec. 10, 1931 in Fenton, Michigan, the youngest of five children born to Joe and Agnes Bottecelli. He graduated from Fenton High School in 1949 and attended Michigan State University. He transferred after his Junior year to Wayne State University College of Medicine and earned his M.D. in 1956.  An internship at the Queen’s Medical Center brought him to Honolulu, where he met a young nursing student named Alice Miyoko Watanabe. He often said that he was “hit by the thunderbolt.” They married in 1957 and had four children: Marc, Ann, Paul and Lisa.

Dad completed one year of general practice residency at Monterey County Hospital in Salinas, CA. and then completed a Fellowship in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He served for two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. in Ft. Polk, LA., then returned to Honolulu in 1963 and spent 22 years in private practice.

From 1986-1995 he was a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the UH school of medicine. He served at that time as the director of the Queen Emma Clinic.

In 1996 he embarked on his third career, as CEO of UHA. This was formerly the medical school’s Faculty Practice Plan. Dad believed passionately that good medical care began with a strong physician-patient relationship and an emphasis on preventive care. UHA grew into a very strong company under his leadership.

Photo and obituary courtesy of Ann Botticelli.