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CHIEF RESIDENTS

Henry Lew, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born and raised in the Lincoln Heights area of East Los Angeles. 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.

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.

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!

Valynn T. Pham, MD

Medical Education

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

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. I went to Radford High School, earned my Bachelor of Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and graduated from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

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. 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. My goal is to care for the people of Hawaii as a primary care physician focusing on palliative medicine and geriatrics.

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.


Patrycja A. Ashley, MD

Medical Education

Medical University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland

I was born and raised in Poland, where I attended the Medical University of Warsaw. My parents and siblings were instrumental in my success, by supporting and encouraging me throughout the course of my education. While participating in an international student exchange program, I lived in Malaga, Spain, for a year and met my future husband, who grew up in Hawaii. Now we both work on Oahu as physicians, giving back to the community where he was raised.

From early in my life I was fascinated with science. The complexity of our surrounding universe was always interesting to me. Practicing medicine, an ever-evolving field that combines the technical and the personal, is a very fulfilling job. Internists handle complicated cases that require a large dose of curiosity and meticulous investigation. I see my patient’s condition as a puzzle with a priceless reward at the end—improving the quality of life of another person.

The natural beauty of Hawaii serves as therapy for me and helps me to maintain physical and emotional well-being. To stay healthy, I run, hike, sail, windsurf, practice yoga and archery, and try to follow a plant-based diet. My other leisure activities include painting and spending time with my friends and family, preferably at the beach.

William H. Bae, MD

Medical Education

Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea

I was born in Mountain View, California, and raised in Busan, South Korea. After going to high school at the Korea Science Academy in Busan, I returned to the U.S. for undergraduate study at Northwestern University in Illinois. I then did my medical schooling at Yonsei University College of Medicine back in South Korea.

After college I was employed by a research group that was studying the benefits of walking for exercise in people who had poor blood circulation in the legs due to peripheral arterial disease. I found that I really enjoyed working with patients and was inspired to see their symptoms improve as they participated in the program. To have a more active role in helping to keep people healthy, I decided to go to medical school. I chose internal medicine as my specialty because I enjoyed the long-term interaction with patients as well as the logical thinking process involved in making medical decisions.

In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, relaxing with friends at the beach, and watching streaming television. If I feel stressed or tired, I go out for a run, lift weights, or hike one of the many beautiful trails on Oahu.

Matthew G.H. Chan, MD

Medical Education

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, IL

I was born in Honolulu and lived in several communities on Oahu including Liliha, Punchbowl, and Hawaii Kai. I went to Mid-Pacific Institute and the University of Hawaii, where I earned my Bachelor of Science. For my medical education I went to Chicago Medical School.

My own illness and subsequent treatment inspired me to study medicine. I experienced the good that medical professionals do for others, and I knew that I wanted to have a career that allowed me to make the same positive impact on people’s lives. I chose internal medicine for my specialty because I love the challenge of diagnosing and treating complicated conditions. This field also allows me to see a wide range of patients and to develop relationships with them over time.

To de-stress and stay in good physical condition, I run five miles a day before work. I tell my wife all my problems, and I take time out to watch movies. I also enjoy being with family, participating in various sports, watching sporting events, hiking, dining, shopping with my wife, and traveling.

Jonathan Cho, MD

Medical Education

University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, NV

I was born in Hawaii and later moved to the mainland as a toddler, growing up in Texas and Nevada. My parents were always supportive of me no matter what career path I considered. I ultimately chose medicine, in part to be able to care for them in the future. I earned my Bachelor of Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and my medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. All my life I had heard about the place of my birth—the beaches, the weather, the food, and, most importantly, the friendly, industrious people. These stories inspired me to come to Hawaii for my internal medicine internship and residency.

The other primary reason I decided to pursue a career in medicine was the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of people in my community. I chose internal medicine as my specialty because this field is the basis of so many subspecialties. It’s analytical and diverse and will allow me to form long-lasting relationships with my patients.

I stay physically and mentally healthy by running, working out, and generally staying active. In my spare time I like to watch movies and try out new restaurants.

Yue Fang, MD

Medical Education

UCL Medical School in London, England

I was born in Hefei, China. My family moved to Heidelberg, Germany when I was three years old and then to London, England when I was six. Despite moving, I’ve been able to maintain my fluency in Mandarin Chinese. I went to Imperial College London for my Master of Chemistry, University College London Medical School for my medical degree, and the Whittington Hospital and Watford General Hospital in London for my Foundation Program internship.

Both of my parents are dedicated scientists who traveled the world to pursue their research goals. They instilled in me a love of science and taught me that hard work and sacrifice are required to become great at what you do. Medicine has allowed me to combine my passion for science with my desire to serve my community.

In order to stay fit physically and emotionally, I spend quality time with my family and friends, try to eat a healthy diet, work out at the gym, play tennis, and go hiking and surfing. The wonderful people and beautiful environment of Hawaii inspire me to be a better person.

Braxton S. Fukutomi, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born and raised in Aiea. After graduating from Aiea High School, I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and attended the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

While competing at kendo’s international level, I saw many participants suffer physical injuries, and I became interested in working as a doctor focusing on the musculoskeletal system. During medical school, however, I developed a fascination with how interactions among organ systems contribute to illness, so I chose internal medicine as my specialty.

To maintain balance in my life, I spend quality time with my family, teach kendo, exercise, and play basketball and tennis. I like to keep life interesting by seeking out new experiences, and, among other activities, I’m involved with the Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club and a basketball league for medical students and practicing physicians.

Diana Kim, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born in Seoul, Korea, to parents who dreamt of a life full of opportunity. They came to America as foreign students and fell in love with Hawaii. I attended Punahou School, earned my Bachelor of Arts at Yale University, a Master of Science from the University of Hawaii, and my medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. After graduating, I did a transitional year internship at Legacy Health in Oregon and a residency at Oregon Health and Science University in anesthesiology. My parents are my true heroes. They both sacrificed so much to help me pursue my dreams, and I’m forever grateful to them.

Medicine’s a wonderful way to make a positive difference in the world. The field of internal medicine allows me to develop lasting relationships with my patients and to contribute to their well-being through prevention, education, and a holistic approach to treatment.

Eating a wholesome diet, getting good sleep, unplugging from technology, spending time with family and friends, working out, and being out in Hawaii’s natural beauty all help me to feel my best. In my spare time I also play the piano and practice meditation, yoga, and kickboxing. I enjoy cooking, watching kung fu movies, playing video games, and trying new things. I especially love playing with my son and experiencing the world through his eyes.

Andrew K.N. Kinimaka, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center and lived in various Oahu neighborhoods before my family settled in Kaimuki. I attended Kamehameha Schools, received my bachelor’s degree in music from Pomona College in California, and went to the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine for my medical degree.

My parents worked hard to ensure that I had a thorough education and ample opportunities to pursue my interests. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the sacrifices they made.

When I was in college, I realized that I wanted a career where I could help people. For a time, I taught percussion around the state, but later, I found myself working in a medical office in Honolulu. This was life-changing. I loved seeing patients and being involved in figuring out the best course of treatment for them as individuals.

When Iʻm stressed, I work out, eat healthy, swim, and walk the beach with my rescue dog. I also lean on my kumu (hula instructor) and hula brothers and sisters for support. I enjoy cooking and growing native plants in my yard. To connect with my community, I teach percussion at Kamehameha Schools, volunteer at Hui Kū Maoli Ola Native Plant Nursery, and help with medical services at the Ironman World Championships.

Ashley Morisako, MD

Medical Education

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

Born and raised in Honolulu, I attended Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Santa Clara University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. I’m truly blessed that my family has supported me along every step of my career path.

When I was in college, I observed one of my mentors creating a trusting environment for her patients that comforted them during their most vulnerable times. It struck me that I could play that same role as a physician.

To de-stress, I go on walks around the neighborhood with my family, play softball, try new restaurants, and travel to different countries. I devote time to reflecting on how things are going in my life, reassessing my goals and thinking about how I’m going to achieve them. My community involvement, which focuses on improving the health of native peoples, is personally rewarding and enhances my sense of purpose.

Chelsie Moyer, MD

Medical Education

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND

I was born in a Kaiser Permanente hospital in California and lived in many different states. For my medical degree, I studied at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and for my residency I’m now at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Along the way I held leadership positions and was fortunate to receive several honors, including membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

My early love of stories greatly influenced my career path. As a child I dreamed of adventuring with the heroes of my storybooks. From my degree in communications to my later work developing patient assessment tools, the stories of the patients themselves drew me to medicine.

I strive to model a healthy lifestyle, spending time outdoors with my husband, my young son, and our two pugs. We enjoy going on long walks, exploring trails, and having fun at the beach. I also get satisfaction from gardening, landscaping, experiencing local culture, and working with community organizations such as The Humane Society and a medical career fair for minority students.

John W. Neighbors, MD

Medical Education

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland

I was born and raised in a rural town in North Carolina. My family has always been a strong positive influence on me, supporting me through life’s challenges and encouraging me to achieve my goals. I earned my Bachelor of Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and completed a Master of Science at Georgetown University. I then got my medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland.

While I was overseas with the military, I saw the good a doctor can bring to a community. The act of taking time to listen to someone's needs and providing comfort, extending advice, and distributing simple remedies meant the world to people lacking even the most basic services. That experience gave me a feeling of fulfillment I had never experienced, and I realized then that medicine was my calling.

In order to stay physically and mentally healthy, I go running, hiking, surfing, scuba diving, and motorcycle riding. Being outside, experiencing the natural beauty of the Islands is one of my favorite ways to relax and rejuvenate. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, reading fiction, streaming new shows, and traveling internationally.

Hisami Oba, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Hawaii at the age of one because my parents wanted my sister and me to grow up bilingual and believed that Hawaii would provide a nurturing environment for us. Watching my parents turn their hope of a life in America into a reality has inspired me to be determined and resilient in following my own dreams of becoming a physician. I obtained my Bachelor of Science at the University of San Francisco and returned to Hawaii to earn my medical degree at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Without the love and support of my family, I would not be where I am today.

Pursuing a career in medicine started off as a childhood fantasy. I was in awe of doctors, who appeared like superheroes who could cure sickness. As I grew older, I became fascinated with the human body and its intricate systems. This passion, combined with my love of people and my innate desire to help others, made it evident that becoming a physician was my life’s calling.

I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my husband and our lovable Boston Terrier, dancing hula, singing, finding good restaurants, eating delicious food, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

Leinā'ala Song, MD

Medical Education

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

Although my extended family lives on Oahu, I grew up on Maui. I attended Kamehameha Schools Maui, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. I’m now an internal medicine resident at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

I’ve always felt the drive to be a doctor and play a role in enhancing the quality of life of Native Hawaiians. My choice of the internal medicine specialty resulted from a culmination of moments with patients, mentors, and experiences that showed me this field’s most appealing elements—teamwork, compassion, and continuous caring relationships between doctors and patients over time.

I love spending time with my family, enjoying the great outdoors, playing soccer, and painting. Being involved in my community is also very rewarding to me, especially my work with Special Olympics Hawaii, the American Youth Soccer Organization, the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association, and Kamehameha Schools.

Katharine Wong, MD

Medical Education

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

I was born in Hong Kong, where I was raised by my grandparents. We also lived in Texas and the state of Washington before moving to Hawaii during my senior year of high school. I attended Roosevelt High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. My grandparents, uncle, and aunt have all been big influences in my life. They love me deeply and have continued to believe in me and support my decisions.

My interest in medicine started in high school, when I realized the importance of health in every aspect of life. By making health my highest priority—managing stress, exercising, and eating well—I experienced an increase in my efficiency, productivity, and happiness. Learning about diseases, treatments, and prevention became my passion.

I bike, run, play tennis, eat a healthy diet, and try to get an adequate amount of sleep. Taking care of animals and spending time with friends and family keeps me grounded. I especially like to try new things and keep my mind active.

Matthew Yee, MD

Medical Education

American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Coolidge, Antigua

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and for medical school, I went to the American University of Antigua on a lovely island in the Caribbean Sea. I’m grateful to my very caring parents who’ve supported and believed in me on my journey to becoming a physician. They’ve taught me that with hard work and dedication, you really can make your dreams come true.

I love science, analytical thinking, and taking care of people, so what better profession to pursue than medicine? The specialty of internal medicine allows me to confront complex medical situations, see a wide range of patients, and establish meaningful long-term relationships.

To stay physically and mentally fit, I eat a healthy diet and try to go for hikes in the beautiful mountains of Oahu once every week. To relax and re-charge during my time away from work, I also enjoy being with family and friends, cooking at home, playing with my dog Bentley, doing various carpentry and home improvement projects, traveling to other countries, and learning about different cultures.