Current Residents

Jennifer Katada, MD

Jennifer Katada, MD

Chief Resident

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Honolulu, HI

Board Certification

Board certified in Internal Medicine

About Me:

I was born and raised on Oahu and attended Pearl City High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. I then completed my residency through the University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program. Although there are no medical professionals in my family, my parents instilled in me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and taking pride in all that I do.

About My Practice:

When I was growing up, I watched my grandfather being treated for the complications of a lifetime of smoking. This experience created in me a desire to help others the way my grandfather’s doctors were helping him through very challenging times. I’m chief resident in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program and am particularly interested in being involved in medical education programs.

I’ve coauthored research on several topics, including a comparison of different ethnic groups during labor that was published in the journal Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery; sex education in schools, published in the Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology; and academic performance during medical residency, published in the Hawaii Medical Journal and also presented as a poster at the Queen’s Medical Center Summer Research Internship program.

To stay current in medicine, I read the New England Journal of Medicine, a weekly professional journal. I also follow the American College of Physicians’ monthly feature of the Annals of Internal Medicine, which reviews articles published in more than 100 medical journals.

I love the integrated care system and the electronic medical record used at Kaiser Permanente, which allow providers in all specialties to conveniently and quickly consult one another. Here, care is delivered in a timely and effective way, and the patient’s well-being is the primary concern. My goal is for all my patients to live happy and healthy lives. I believe that individualizing care is the best way to help each patient.

I love to hear about my patients’ lives beyond their medical problems — what their interests and life goals are. I enjoy being able to laugh with them and, most of all, to help them achieve the best health possible.

How I Thrive:

In my spare time away from work, I relax and recharge by spending time with my family and our Pomeranian, Kuma. I enjoy crafting, sewing, and baking. I’m also passionate about volunteering to help the homeless population in Hawaii.


Li-Hsieh Chen, MD

Li-Hsieh Chen, MD

PGY-1, 2016 - 2019

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Honolulu, HI

About Me:

I was born in Taiwan and came to Hawaii when I was five years old. My parents have been a great influence on me. They have an amazing work ethic and always think of others first. My older brother also inspired me, as he was the first in our family to become a physician. I attended Kahuku High School on Oahu and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii. I went to medical school at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

About My Practice:           

Coming out of college with a degree in chemistry, I knew that I wanted a career in science, but I couldn’t decide which one. My brother, who was in medical school at the time, persuaded me to do some volunteer work that would give me an idea of whether I, too, would enjoy medicine. That push started me on my path to becoming a physician.

I’ve chosen internal medicine for my residency training, because I really enjoy connecting with people and helping them to manage their health issues. I hope to eventually become a primary care physician.

I look forward to the many opportunities I’ll have as a resident to connect with the people of Hawaii, both through Kaiser Permanente and as a member of the community.

To stay current in medicine, I read the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the AMA news services, and the online resource UpToDate. My membership in the AMA, an educational and professional organization, also gives me access to critical information.

I grew up as a Kaiser Permanente member and was always impressed with the care provided to my family and me. I had the same physician for more than 20 years, and I hope to establish that same sort of bond with my own patients over time. When I was considering doing my training here, it was also encouraging to hear great things about the program from the current residents.

As a resident, I’m still working on developing my philosophy of care, and at this point I’m keeping an open mind. I’m working on building rapport with patients quickly in order to be able to take proper care of them. I see each patient as a mentor to me in this area.

How I Thrive:

To stay in shape and to be healthy both physically and emotionally, I exercise, work on my family’s farm, and practice tai chi. To relax, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.


Maegan L.M. Doi, MD

Maegan L.M. Doi, MD

PGY-1, 2016 - 2019

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Honolulu, HI

About Me:

I was born and raised in Honolulu and attended Iolani School. While spending vacations with my grandparents and great-grandmother in Naalehu, I developed an interest in geriatrics, and I became aware of the need for improvements in health care available in rural communities. These experiences led me to pursue a career in medicine, and I’m grateful for the support and inspiration my family has provided me all along the way. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Carleton College in Minnesota and my medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

 

About My Practice:

I chose internal medicine as a specialty, because there’s always something new to learn in this field. This practice also allows me the opportunity to form lifelong relationships with patients and to help them achieve a good quality of life.

In the future I’d like to help out at clinics that provide health care to underserved communities, particularly in rural areas.

I’ve presented research findings at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting on the influence of tattoos and body piercings on confidence in health care providers, and I published research in Clinical Pediatrics on the adverse effects of tattoos and body piercings on patient and parent confidence in their health care providers.

To keep up-to-date with research and developments in medicine, I read professional journals and the online medical resource UpToDate. I also learn by consulting with colleagues in internal medicine and other specialties as well.

I was interested in the residency program at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program because of its emphasis on ambulatory medicine and primary care.

In my experience, bonding with my patients by exchanging stories is a great way for us to learn about each other and to find humor in difficult situations. I believe in taking care of a person’s overall health rather than treating medical conditions in isolation. The information my patients share helps me to work in partnership with them to devise more effective treatment plans that can enhance their general well-being.

 

How I Thrive:

Some of my favorite leisure-time activities are exploring new places and searching for amazing foods to try. I also enjoy cooking and baking and doing arts and crafts. Most important to me is spending quality time with my family and friends.


Henry Lew, MD

Henry Lew, MD

PGY-1, 2016 - 2019

Medical Education

Medical Education: Charles R. Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program; Los Angeles, CA

About Me:

I was born and raised in the Lincoln Heights area of East Los Angeles. I got my bachelor’s degree from Harvey Mudd College and earned my medical degree at the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program (CDU). My parents consistently displayed selflessness and generosity when raising my siblings and me. My brother and sister have been there for me my entire life, giving me a priceless sense of safety. My grandmother had faith in me and encouraged me to become a physician. Going to Hawaii felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train in an innovative residency program while also serving a community in need of physicians.

 

About My Practice:

Before coming to Hawaii, I participated in the Harbor/UCLA Summer Urban Health Fellowship program, the UCLA Student Run Homeless Clinic, the Minority Health Conference, and CDU’s Project Santa Claus.

After graduating from college with a degree in economics, I worked in banking. Although I enjoyed the work, I believed that I had another calling, and after much reflection I decided on a career in medicine. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

My goal is to be a physician who thoroughly understands the issues that bring patients to me and to make effective decisions based on that knowledge. Internal medicine encourages curiosity and taking a comprehensive view of the patient that can include complex social, emotional, and economic issues.

I think the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program is one of the most unique programs in the country, built on a foundation of high-quality primary care. The people here are welcoming and kind, and I want to give back as much as I can. I hope to work with the homeless community and to help inspire youth to become excited about science and health.

Today’s technology is terrific at keeping us up-to-date with medical research. There are electronic journals, resources that summarize journals, and guidelines that further distill those journals into practice. I love learning and find advances in medicine fascinating.

I bond with my patients by being honest, reliable, and interested. It’s a privilege for me to hear about their lives and experiences. Based on what I learn, I strive to work in partnership with them to come up with the best personalized plans for their health and well-being.

 

How I Thrive:

Going out into nature is great way to stay physically and mentally healthy. I enjoy eating good food, swimming, working out, reading, getting to know new people, and learning to play the guitar. I also love exploring Oahu and learning new things about this island!


Daniel A. Moreno, MD

Daniel A. Moreno, MD

PGY-1, 2016 - 2019

Medical Education

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina; Guadalajara, Mexico

About Me:    

I was born in California and moved to Hawaii with my family when I was five years old. During my childhood, I lived in several Oahu communities and attended Punahou School before going back to the mainland for my undergraduate education. I got my Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, and for my medical degree, I went to the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, where I learned to speak fluent Spanish. My family’s been an amazing influence, providing me with unlimited support and love my entire life.

 

About My Practice:

I chose a career in medicine because of my long-held desire to serve others in the best way that I could, and there seemed to be no better way to spend my time in this world than to serve my community as a physician. I’ve found internal medicine to be a fascinating field that includes diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of illnesses. I love seeing the full course of a patient’s care from beginning to end, and the feeling is incredible when I know that my actions have had an immediate positive effect on someone’s life. Caring for patients through their recovery process and watching them go home feeling grateful and in good health is the most rewarding feeling.

To keep up with developments and the latest research in medicine, I like to use a wide variety of sources, such as the Cochrane Library, UpToDate, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Doing my residency at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii is a unique opportunity for me to work in a top-rated program, to return to the place that I love, and to become a part of the community I wish to serve.

To provide the best care, I believe that physicians must build trust by first establishing good communication with their patients, getting to know them as individuals, and inviting them to be partners in decision-making about their health. I look forward to meeting people inside and outside of the hospital and hope to become known as their helpful doctor.

 

How I Thrive:  

To stay physically and mentally healthy, I make sure that I exercise as often as I can, whether it’s weight lifting, running, biking, boxing, or martial arts. Outside of the clinic, I relax by reading, going to the beach, and spending time with my friends and family.


Valynn T. Pham, MD

Valynn T. Pham, MD

PGY-1, 2016 - 2019

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Honolulu, HI

About Me: 

My grandmother brought us to the U.S. after the war in Vietnam. It’s because of her courage that I’ve been able to pursue my dreams. I was born in Hilo and grew up in Honolulu. My brother was deaf and passed away from brain cancer at a young age. His optimism and strength inspired me to help those like him, and I thus chose a medical career. I went to Radford High School, earned my Bachelor of Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and recently graduated from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

 

About My Practice:

As the oldest of four children, I often accompanied my brother to his doctor visits and treatments, and I was touched by the compassion shown by his physicians and providers. Before medical school I was a nursing student and a medical assistant for an internist. These experiences led me to the internal medicine specialty. My goal is to care for the people of Hawaii as a primary care physician focusing on palliative medicine and geriatrics. Medical education and social justice are also important to me.

I’ve been honored with membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Friends of the Medical School Po’okela No’oeau Award, and the Dean’s Certificate of Distinction in Medical Education. I was co-vice president of the class of 2016, co-president of the Internal Medicine Interest Group, a board member of both the Medical Student Mentorship Program and the Howard and Dorothy McGuire Fund, and project leader of the Hawaii Outreach Medical Education Project.

I’ve presented posters at the Health Professions Education Conference and the Western Group of Educational Affairs Conference on mentoring of pre-medical students and medical education. I wrote a research paper published in Nursing Forum on dietary intake of Filipinos at risk for type 2 diabetes.

I keep up-to-date in medicine by reading UpToDate, DynamedPlus, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Belonging to the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Hawaii Medical Association also gives me access to information on the latest medical advances.

As a medical student, I had a very positive experience doing a rotation with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG). My preceptors were excellent teachers, physicians, and examples of amazing human beings. I aspire to be like them, and I look forward to participating in the Great Aloha Run and Kaiser Permanente’s other community activities.

I believe in doctor-patient relationships and compassionate, individualized care. As a doctor I empower patients to take charge of their health. I want to get to know my patients and have them know me. Building trust creates a meaningful relationship that can have a great impact on patients and doctors alike. How the physician makes a patient feel can make a big difference.

 

How I Thrive:

To keep in shape, I hike, swim, dance, and practice yoga. I enjoy quality time with the people I love — having a meal, watching a movie, or just hanging out. I also like eating, baking, cooking, doing arts and crafts, reading fiction, listening to music, traveling and staying organized.


Mark J. Chinen, MD

Mark J. Chinen, MD

PGY-3, 2015 - 2018

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Honolulu, HI

I was born in Honolulu and have lived most of my life in Kaneohe. I’m indebted to my entire family for supporting me, particularly my mother and father.

After graduating from Iolani School, I spent the next several years in Los Angeles attending the University of Southern California. I was excited to be accepted to medical school here at home and even more enthused to be chosen for the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program.

About My Practice

I’m excited to be able to do my residency training in Hawaii, because I would like to pursue a career in primary care in the islands. I enjoy internal medicine because of the sheer breadth of patients I get to see and the understanding that comes from learning about the human body across all its organ systems.

I’m a strong advocate of primary disease prevention and healthy living. We’re blessed to live in paradise, and I believe that everyone can find some form of exercise they enjoy to stay fit.

Every person knows something they can teach me, so I like to “talk story” with patients and learn from them. I also believe happiness is a reflection of current physical health. I want to ensure my patients are healthy and optimize their chances for living a long, productive, happy life.

I’m passionate about teaching wilderness health skills. I founded a wilderness medicine interest group in medical school and continue to plan events that promote safety and best health practices for outdoor activities.

To stay up-to-date with the latest medical research, I read medical journals and listen to medical podcasts.

How I Thrive

I’m a physically active person, and being outdoors is my therapy — whether I’m hiking, surfing, diving, or fishing. I’m fortunate to have very supportive family and friends that help me de-stress. I also enjoy listening to music and playing the ukulele and guitar.


Tina L. Kuribayashi, DO

Tina L. Kuribayashi, DO

PGY-3, 2015 - 2018

Medical Education

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; Pomona, CA

I was born on Oahu and raised on Maui. From a young age, I spent countless hours in my father’s chiropractic office, trying to be his “right-hand man.” Those afternoons molded my desire to one day become a doctor. I was fascinated with the holistic approach my father took, the relationships he developed with his patients, and his ability to heal musculoskeletal ailments without the need for medications.

While shadowing my own family physician, I also learned to appreciate the vastness and complexity of allopathic medicine and primary care. He truly saw his patients as more than just people with medical illnesses or afflictions; he saw them as friends.

About My Practice

I chose to attend an osteopathic medical school that integrates chiropractic care with conventional medicine, so that I would learn more about my father’s profession, while also preparing for the clinical challenges of practicing internal medicine.

I believe in a holistic approach to care that includes coaching patients on prevention and disease management, but also emphasizes psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. I enjoy connecting with my patients by learning about their personal lives and families, so they know I truly care about each of them.

I’ve published research on topics including Micronesian health, chronic fatigue syndrome, and marine toxins. I am a member of the American College of Physicians, and I read their clinical guidelines to keep up with the latest medical research. I also use UpToDate as a medical resource.

I’ve long sought to practice medicine at Kaiser Permanente, because I get to learn from and work with skilled physicians whom I admire and respect.

How I Thrive

Volunteerism is one of my passions, and I look forward to participating in Kaiser Permanente’s community outreach initiatives.

I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and spend as much time as I can outdoors with my family at the beach, hiking, and exercising.


Thuan P. Nguyen, DO

Thuan P. Nguyen, DO

PGY-3, 2015 - 2018

Medical Education

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine; Mesa, AZ

I was born in Vietnam, though shortly thereafter, my family escaped to Washington State when I was a year old. We later moved to Hawaii, because the weather is similar to Vietnam.

My parents are my heroes. They sacrificed and endured so much for my siblings and me. Growing up, we didn’t have health insurance, and as a result, I learned how important it is to stay healthy. This influenced my decision to pursue medicine, so I can help my patients live a better life.

About My Practice

I chose to pursue a career in internal medicine, because it’s the foundation for all medical specialties.

I believe in a patient-centered, team-based philosophy of care. A person’s health should be his or her priority, and the patient should be the coach or decision-maker of the medical team. As a doctor, I’m there to provide guidance and the most up-to-date information for my patients to make their decisions. I focus on listening to my patients so I can better understand their health challenges and form stronger bonds with them.

I’m a member of the American College of Physicians, and I’ve given presentations at the Pacific Global Health Conference and the Intercultural Cancer Council Hawaii-Pacific Regional Symposium. To keep up with the most recent medical research, I read UpToDate, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Kaiser Permanente is an excellent institution, taking great effort to provide high-quality care for patients, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team.

How I Thrive

I would like to volunteer in the community and use my internal medicine experience for medical missions in areas of need. I enjoy going to the gym and staying active. I also enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring our beautiful islands.


Adham M. Osman, MD

Adham M. Osman, MD

PGY-2, 2015 - 2018

Medical Education

University of Medicine and Health Sciences at St. Kitts; Basseterre, St. Kitts

I was born in Honolulu and lived on Oahu until I was three years old. My family then moved to Las Vegas, and later Boston, where I remained for the next 13 years.

My father is a physician, and I grew up accompanying him to the hospital when he was on-call. Before going to medical school, I studied philosophy, and appreciate the philosophical conversations that often occur in medicine.

About My Practice

I value continuity of care, and I believe practicing internal medicine is the best way to build and maintain lasting relationships with patients.

It’s important to me that as a physician I look at the whole person, not just what may be hurting them physically. As part of this process, I often think about what I would want from my physician, if I were standing in the patient’s shoes.

The bond and communication between physician and patient are critical, and I look forward to developing these relationships with each of my patients, so we can work together to address their physical ailments.

I’m a member of the American College of Physicians, recently attending one of its conferences in Boston. I continuously seek opportunities to learn from colleagues, and I look forward to conducting research that furthers our collective knowledge of internal medicine.

Working as a resident at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will give me the opportunity to care for patients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. I would also like to volunteer at clinics in underserved communities.

How I Thrive

I stay healthy by working out and keeping active. I enjoy meeting people and spending time with friends, especially at the beach. My other interests include traveling, philosophy, and reading.


Manisha S. Perera, MD

Manisha S. Perera, MD

PGY-3, 2015 - 2018

Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo; Colombo, Sri Lanka

I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. From a young age, I felt it was my duty to help others in need. I grew up spending time with physicians in my community and admired their work. I wanted to be like them, always ready to touch people’s lives in a positive way.

Both of my parents were very supportive of my desire to become a physician, instilling within me values such as compassion and commitment to doing what’s right.

About My Practice

I decided to pursue internal medicine because I like the integration of its many subspecialties. Practicing internal medicine also gives me an opportunity to take care of a diverse population with different types of health issues.

I treat all my patients like I would treat my family. I feel the best way to connect with patients is to listen and help them understand what’s going on with their health.

I’m a member of the Sri Lanka Medical Council, and I’ve presented my research at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka. I stay up-to-date on the latest medical research by reading medical journals such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as medical literature on PubMed.

The physicians who practice at Kaiser Permanente are dedicated and passionate about the care and service they provide. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente is a well-respected medical organization with a solid mission and strong integrated care delivery system. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

How I Thrive

I enjoy travel and visiting new places. I moved to the United States to join my husband and start a new family. I’m passionate about community service and was a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in Los Angeles. I look forward to participating in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Annual Day of Service and Great Aloha Run.

I like to spend time with my husband and catch up with friends and family. To stay healthy, I work out twice a week and maintain a balanced diet.