Coming Back to the Future

The University of Hawai‘i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health brought back some of its brightest stars for a conference. The conference, titled “Coming Back to the Future: A Reunion Conference,” was held on July 28, 2017 at the Ala Moana Hotel, and it attracted a crowd eager to learn. The superstar lineup of speakers included former department chairs, former faculty, and alumni, who spoke on provocative topics in obstetrics and gynecology and the future of its practice: Dr. Ralph Hale, Dr. Roy Nakayama, and Dr. Kenneth Ward; Dr. David Kim, Dr. Stefanie Ueda, and Dr. Mark Wakabayashi; Dr. Eesha Bhattacharya, Dr. Dave Buek, and Dr. Stella Dantas; and Dr. Vicki Tatsis and Dr. Willie Parker.

Presentations and Presenters

“Former Chairs’ Forum”
Dr. Ralph Hale, Dr. Roy Nakayama, and Dr. Kenneth Ward

“Grit and How It Will Help Your Future Career”
Dr. David Kim

“Risk Reducing Salpingectomy?”
Dr. Stefanie Ueda and Dr. Mark Wakabayashi

“The Future of Ob/Gyn Practice”
Dr. Vicki Tatsis, Dr. Dave Buek, Dr. Stella Dantas, and Dr. Eesha Bhattacharyya

“Life’s Work: A Path to Reproductive Justice”
Dr. Willie Parker

It was truly an eventful weekend, as a second University of Hawai‘i, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Reunion event was held on July 29. Time stood still at this reunion luncheon hosted at the Waialae Country Club, as former and current department faculty gathered together to reminisce on old memories, to create new ones, and to update on each other’s lives as if old friends were never out of touch. A range of graduates from the residency program were also present, representing the department’s long history of training and timeless dedication to women’s health and the people of Hawai‘i.