The MDs in the Class of 2012 selected Dr. Richard Kasuya, Associate Dean for Medical Education, to receive the John M. Hardman, MD Award for mentoring in teaching. “The recipient best emulates Dr. Hardman’s passion, grace and devotion to foster the students’ intellectual, professional and personal growth,” according to Vice Dean Satoru Izutsu, who announced the awards during the MD Convocation Ceremony on May 13. Dr. George Read congratulated Dr. Kasuya and presented the award on behalf of the students, who watched on from the same stage. (Also see our separate story about Dr. Hardman on the UHMedNow main menu.)
Other awards at Convocation honored students who excelled in various specialties during their studies at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), or who were recognized for their community outreach, research skills or overall leadership. Many of the awards are named in honor of physicians or community leaders who during their own careers raised the bar for outstanding achievement.
The award for Excellence in Internal Medicine, sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Physicians, was presented to Dr. Erina Matsumoto, with Dr. Kalani Brady making the presentation.
The E.E. Black Community Service Award recognized two seniors this year for academic excellence and community service. Mrs. Connie Black presented the awards to Dr. Daniel Sugai and Dr. Reid Hoshide. This award honors the late Mr. Everett Earl Black, a well-known contractor and developer. One of his projects was the construction of the UH Manoa Campus Biomedical Sciences building which housed all of JABSOM before the Kaka’ako campus opened in 2005.
The Dr. Walter F. Char Prize in Psychiatry is in honor of Dr. Char, the founder and first Chair of the medical school’s Department of Psychiatry. It is given to the senior with the best clinical clerkship in psychiatry. Dr. Lucas Kunklee was presented the award, by Dr. Dan Alicata.
The Dr. Albert C.K. Chun-Hoon Award for Community Service was established in memory of the late Dr. Albert C.K. Chun-Hoon, a well-regarded orthopedic surgeon and JABSOM faculty member, who demonstrated a life-long commitment to serving the broader Honolulu community. The award is for a graduating medical student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and who shows the potential to lead, by example, in assisting underserved members of the Hawaii community. Dr. Felix Lui, the winner, was presented the award by Dr. Robert Atkinson.
The Windsor and Mary Cutting Excellence in the Medical Sciences Award was established in honor of Dr. Windsor Cutting. He was an internationally renowned academician, a basic medical scientist, and a clinician. He held many positions in academia including Founding Dean of JABSOM. This award honors a member of the graduating class for scholarly excellence in the basic biomedical sciences. Windsor and Mary Cutting’s son, Dr. John Cutting, presented the award to Dr. Carol Pham.
The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Award is in recognition of excellence in emergency medicine. Dr. Darragh O’Carroll was presented the award by Dr. Cathy Oliver.
The Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians Outstanding Student Award, recognizing student in family medicine, was presented to Dr. Mikela Yarawamai by Dr. Damon Lee.
The Hawaii Lions Foundation Ophthalmology Award is presented in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and an interest in ophthalmology. The Class of 2012 produced two recipients: Dr. Ryan Otsuka and Dr. Amelia Fong. Dr. Malcolm Ing presented the awards.
The Hawaii Medical Association Alliance Endowment Award for community service and academic achievement also was shared among two students, Dr. Erina Matsumoto and Dr. Zachary Thielen. Presenting the award was Mrs. Susan Foo.
The Dr. Laura Weldon Hoque Award was established in memory of Dr. Hoque, an outstanding breast surgeon, whose compassion and leadership helped to raise the standard for women’s cancer care in Hawaii. The award recognizes a future surgeon who exemplifies Dr. Hoque’s combination of clinical excellence, compassionate care and tireless leadership. Presented by her brother, Dr. Ed Weldon III, the award was given to Dr. Andrew Yeh.
The Dr. Glenn M. Kokomo Memorial Award for Surgery recognizes an outstanding 4th year student pursuing a career in surgery or a surgical subspecialty. Mrs. Takako Kokame presented the award to Dr. Zachary Thielen.
The Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award, in recognition of excellence in surgery, went to Dr. Andrew Yeh. Dr. Danny Takanishi presented the award.
The Dr. John Ohtani Award was presented to Dr. Taylor Choy, for scholastic achievement, enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to learn. The award was presented by Dr. Robb Ohtani.
The Friends of the Medical School (FOMS) presented two awards, with FOMS President Christine Lau doing the honors. The Po’okela No’eau Award recognizes the graduate voted as the student who most represents the ideal physician. Dr. Kanoe-Lehua De Silva and Dr. Daniel Sugai both received the Po’okela No’eau. The Po’okela Noi’i Award, recognizing outstanding research, recognized Dr. Thomas Noh.
The Reddy Award in Pediatrics, established by Drs. Venu and Vijaya Reddy, recognizes a graduating senior for academic merit and outstanding achievement in pediatrics. Dr. Michael Jones was the recipient, with the award presented by Dr. Venu Reddy.
The Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Award is in honor of Dr. Volt H. Tom. This award recognizes the student who has shown the most commitment to geriatric medicine. Dr. Tom’s niece, Dr. Linda Tom, presented the award to Dr. Felix Lui.
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is for a student and a faculty member who exemplify compassion, competence and respect in the delivery of care. Dr. Melanie Payanal was the award recipient, with Dean Jerris Hedges presenting the award.
The Faculty Award went to Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi, and was presented by Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum.
The Dr. Terry C.W. Wong Memorial Award, which recognizes academic excellence in internal medicine and also demonstrates a spirit of patient advocacy, was presented to Dr. Naomi Karlen, by Mrs. Kathleen Wong.
The Yazawa Family Endowed Award, established by Dr. Keijiro and Mrs. Kayoko Yazawa, is presented to the student who demonstrates financial need and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Iris Kim and Dr. Daniel Sugai were presented the award, by Dr. Keijiro Yazawa.
Two Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented by Dr. Grant Okawa. The first award is for an outstanding teacher of the first and second-year pre-clinical subjects. This year,the Pre-Clinical Excellence In Teaching Award was given to Dr. Leslie Tam, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Phamacology. The second award, for Excellence In Teaching Clinical Subjects in the 3rd and 4th years, was given to the Department of Medicine’s Dr. John Cogan.
The ALOHA Award, from the Office of Student Affairs, is for the student who, over the course of their years at JABSOM, most personifies the Aloha Spirit. This year’s recipient, Dr. Daniel Sugai, received the award from Office of Student Affairs Director Dr. Richard Smerz. (Watch Dr. Sugai receive the award in a videotape report via the main menu page of UHMedNow.)
During Convocation, the John A. Burns School of Medicine also acknowledged the generosity of eight donors and their families who have made significant monetary contributions for scholarships to medical students throughout their four years of study. These scholarships make possible their fulfillment of becoming physicians and becoming a part of the Hawaii health care system, providing care to the people of our multiethnic society.
Together, these families: E.E. Black, The John Burns Foundation, the Elizabeth and Richard Grossman, David W. Jones, Nadine Alexander Kahanamoku, Wanda Jane Pavela, the Gerard and Colette Robinson Foundation, and Virginia and Barry Weinman, have contributed over $2.1 million to 55 students, including 20 in the Class of 2012.