Emergency pediatrics physician Alson Inaba is always finding ways to challenge his pediatric medicine residents to learn. As an associate professor at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Dr. Inaba set a lifesaving lesson to music as he led medical rounds at the Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women and Children in 2005.
The disco-inspired lesson ended up reverberating far outside the classroom, past the shores of Hawai`i, and even beyond just the United States. Dr. Inaba’s “Stayin’ Alive” CPR technique has been adopted by the American Heart Association and is helping save lives around the world.
Dr. Inaba, a Hawai`i-born graduate of Iolani School and Tufts University, has been the focus of much news coverage here and on the U.S. Mainland ever since. But now he is on the cover of his medical school’s alumni magazine, and we thought you would enjoy reading the story by Bruce Morgan, Editor of the Tufts University Office of Publications, with a Honolulu 1970’s-inspired illustration by John Ritter.