Faculty

Mitch Motooka, MD, FACP

Program Director

Board Certification

Board certified in Internal Medicine

Medical Education

University of California, San Diego

Residency

University of Hawaii Integrated Medical Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

As an internal medicine physician, I have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people with different medical conditions and needs. I treat all of my patients with the utmost respect and humility, and love to make them laugh. Each and every one of my patients has a story to tell and I am there to listen and give them the very best care possible.

Working within the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I am fortunate to care for my patients alongside amazing colleagues and staff members. As former clinic chief and section chief of internal medicine at Mapunapuna Medical Office, it is amazing to see the extraordinary results that all of our health care professionals bring forth through their teamwork, coordination and communication. It is an honor to help lead the delivery of high-quality care to our patients.

In my nearly 25 years in practice with Kaiser Permanente, I have had the privilege of mentoring many medical students and resident physicians. It has been especially gratifying to see that some of these young doctors have become fine colleagues here at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

The opportunity to educate and train the next generation of health care providers is an important role for a physician. Overseeing and collaborating with these doctors allows me to stay up-to-date on the most current medical information and treatments in order to provide superior and quality care for our patients.

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Lisa Camara, MD, FACP

Core Faculty and Ambulatory Primary Care Attending

Board Certification

Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Medical Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Residency

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Chief Resident

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Governor-Elect, American College of Physicians Hawaii Chapter
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

I was born at Kaiser Permanente’s Ala Moana Medical Center – the original Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hawaii – which has now been relocated to Moanalua. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to go into medicine. My father suffered from a serious injury during my childhood, and from that point on I knew I wanted to help people, like the doctors who helped my father.

Working within the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I am fortunate to care for my patients alongside amazing colleagues and staff members. As former clinic chief and section chief of internal medicine at Mapunapuna Medical Office, it is amazing to see the extraordinary results that all of our health care professionals bring forth through their teamwork, coordination and communication. It is an honor to help lead the delivery of high-quality care to our patients.

I had my first clinical experience with internal medicine as a third-year medical student and fell in love with it. I embrace the mental challenge, especially determining diagnoses in patients with complex conditions, who I love getting to know over time.
At the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I enjoy working with colleagues whom I trust and respect, because I know my patients are in good hands when I need to refer them or when I’m not in the clinic. The Kaiser Permanente system fully supports my growth as a physician and allows me to expand my interest in teaching.
I believe in caring for the whole member including their physical, social and emotional health. I love working with my patients as a team and setting goals together, so they can achieve total health. And I always enjoy hearing more about their lives.
I’m active in continuing medical education within Kaiser Permanente and teach medical students and residents.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I also love to run daily with my dog Oscar, a Scottish Deerhound.

 

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Aaron Choy, MD

Core Faculty and Ambulatory Primary Care Attending

Board Certification

Board certified in Internal Medicine

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Residency

University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Teaching Attending for Ambulatory Medicine 3rd Year Medical Students, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Member, Medicine Student Education Committee, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

I was born at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s original hospital, Ala Moana Medical Center, which was relocated to Moanalua in 1995. I’m especially appreciative of my parents for their encouragement throughout my educational career, from Iolani School to the University of California, San Diego, and back home again at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

I like to build connections with my patients while being there for them in times of need. I acknowledge that every patient is different and requires an individualized treatment plan.

I enjoy the collaboration between the various departments and services within the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. The prevalent attitude of teamwork among my dedicated fellow physicians and the friendly staff in my clinic contributes to the quality care my patients receive.

I have taught third-year medical students problem-based learning through regular tutorial sessions at the Mapunapuna Medical Office, and will supervise residents in outpatient clinics. Serving as chief resident during my residency contributed significantly to my learning. I also found working under Dr. S.Y. Tan to be particularly beneficial to my education and development as a clinician.

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Robert C. Hinz, MD

Director of Inpatient Education

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Medical Education

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Residency

Oregon Health & Science University Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association

I was born and raised in Oregon. For the first 20 years of my career I worked as an electrical engineer. After our boys started school, my wife Bonny became a registered nurse and a certified nurse midwife, now also with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. I was fascinated by what she was studying as I had had little life science in my engineering training. When I decided to pursue a new career, Bonny was my main inspiration to become a doctor. I returned to Oregon Health & Science University, where I received my medical degree and did my internal medicine residency.

After a long career in electrical engineering I was ready for a change. I wanted to leave a legacy that I could be proud of, to leave my community a little better than I found it. I kept returning to medicine as the best way to accomplish this. Internal medicine is sometimes called the cognitive specialty, because it requires the application of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Being scientifically oriented, I enjoy this process immensely. Nothing is more satisfying to me than making a difficult diagnosis, initiating the proper therapy, and saying goodbye to a patient who is getting well and going home to their lives and families. My professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. My primary method of staying abreast of current medical research is to read articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine. I also subscribe to the American College of Physicians Journal Club and participate in ongoing certification education. During my residency I had the opportunity to work at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon. I liked the integrated model of care, which provided easy access to medical records and specialist consultation. The Kaiser Permanente model also has focused for years on improved efficiency, cost effectiveness, and quality of care, which will be required of all health providers in the future. My philosophy of care is to deliver high quality medicine tailored to the values of the individual patient. It is also critical that patients feel that their physicians take the time to listen and to really hear them. Being sick can be frightening, and people want their doctors there to see them through.

I stay physically and mentally healthy by doing daily exercise, spending time with family, and going to the beach. I also enjoy hiking, sailing, amateur radio operating, and building furniture.

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Gregory Howick, MD

Core Faculty and Ambulatory Primary Care Attending

Board Certification

Board certified in Internal Medicine

Medical Education

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Residency

University of Hawaii Integrated Medical Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Community Affiliations

  • Moanalua High School Cardiac Screening

I have a strong family background in medicine, and as a child was interested in the sciences and functions of the body. Internal medicine is a perfect fit for me because I am able to continuously learn and see a wide variety of medical conditions.

I’ve long been interested in continuing medical education with medical students and residents, which first began when I was in medical school in New Mexico. The curriculum was interactive with small tutorial groups, problem-based learning sets and time to brainstorm and explore multiple facets of both the clinical and basic science aspects of patient care. This was a stimulating and exciting experience that has shaped how I approach my role as a clinical preceptor and mentor to medical students nearly 20 years later.

My job today is to continue to engage and stimulate young doctors to enjoy their work, while making sure they have the most complete medical knowledge base possible. They will benefit from encouragement to keep an open mind, to be persistent and dedicated to their craft and their patients and to collaborate with their colleagues. I have been fortunate to have received excellent training and plan to continue this educational approach, which has been successful over the years.

I admire the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group because it is a caring and highly dedicated team of doctors. My colleagues are forward-thinking and always interested in improving care for their patients. My fellow physicians and staff members are genuinely kind and respectful people who are dedicated to the highest values of quality patient care.

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Janet Onopa, MD, FACP

Core Faculty and Ambulatory Primary Care Attending

Board Certification

Board certified in Internal Medicine

Medical Education

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Residency

University of Hawaii Integrated Medical Residency Program

Professional Affiliations

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

When I was a few months old, my family moved from the Mainland to windward Oahu, where I grew up. We lived in a rural area, and my siblings and I spent our childhood playing in the ocean and exploring the forests and mountains. My husband is a writer and a retired University of Hawaii professor. We have two sons, one a doctor and one an engineer. We’re fortunate to have extended family on the island.

Originally I had planned to be a botany researcher, but I found the plant laboratory to be a lonely place. I decided to become a doctor so I could combine my love of science with my desire to work with people. Medicine is a great fit for my values and personality. I enjoy internal medicine, because I get great satisfaction from forming and nurturing long-term relationships with my patients.

I’m honored to be a fellow of the American College of Physicians. I give frequent lectures on topics in complementary and alternative medicine. My research includes the integration of pharmacists into the clinic for blood pressure management and the use of ginkgo for altitude sickness on Mauna Kea.

Teaching is one of my favorite activities. In addition to educating my patients about their health, I’ve had a long teaching career at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Teaching residents and medical students helps keep me up-to-date in my field. To further ensure that I stay current, I spend some time most days reading professional journals and catching up on breaking news in the medical world.

Because of my years teaching and mentoring internal medicine residents, I wanted to be involved in helping the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group start and develop a residency program. I’m so impressed with the Kaiser Permanente model for outpatient medicine and am very happy to be practicing here.

I believe in creating a partnership with my patients and with the entire care team. Everyone deserves excellent medical care. I love getting to know my patients as people, and I try to give them all the time they need to tell me about their concerns. I feel great satisfaction when a patient reports an improvement in their health and well-being.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking with my family, going out on Kaneohe Bay in our little motorboat, working in the garden, hanging out with my cat, cooking for friends and family, reading great literature, and traveling to beautiful places. Taking my golden retriever for walks on the beach or in the mountains keeps me physically active.

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