Taking the first step in Hilo with statewide women’s healthcare initiative

University of Hawai’i (UH) regent Douglas Shinsato, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Dean Jerris Hedges, leaders in UH Hilo health programs, local physicians and area health system leaders met last Friday in Hilo to celebrate the establishment of the medical school’s first permanent clinic outside of O’ahu and discuss the future of medicine on Hawaiʻi Island.

Dr Uohara and staff

Office staff post with Dr. Uohara.

The clinic features faculty physicians of JABSOM’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB/GYN) and offers services across the spectrum in the field, including general OB/GYN, Urogynecology (female pelvic disorders), Family Planning, Maternal Fetal Medicine (managing the care of mother and baby before birth) and Gynecological Oncology (cancer).

“We are committed to advancing women’s health across the state as well as to advocating for a clinical learning environment for our medical students and OB/GYN residents” said Ivica Zalud, MD, PhD, Professor and Kosasa Endowed Chair of the OB/GYN Department. “Hilo was a natural first step.”

“That is why our expansion into Hawaiʻi Island is so important,” said Dean Jerris Hedges. “The island gains two physicians who are skilled in a service shortage area, OB/GYN, while also providing a place in Hilo where doctors still training in OB/GYN at the University of Hawai’i can come to learn first-hand the skills necessary to work in a unique rural health care setting.”

Emilie Stickley

Dr. Emilie Stickley

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