Top Doctors in Hawaii

2016 Top Doctors in Hawai‘i: Health Facts


  • With more than 13,500 episodes since 1963, General Hospital is the longest running medical drama to date.

  • There have been 264 cases of dengue fever in Hawai‘i since October 2015—all on the Big Island. As of this March, none of these cases are infectious any longer, though infectious mosquitos may still be present.

  • In some parts of the Mainland, travelers returning from Hawai‘i must wait four weeks to donate blood due to the recent dengue fever outbreak.

  • More than 8,000 people were banished to the leper colony in Kalaupapa on Moloka‘i over the course of 103 years. Although a cure for Hansen’s disease was found in 1941, Hawai‘i’s isolation policy wasn’t abolished until 1969. Six people still live at the colony full time and are free to come and go as they please.

  • The John A. Burns School of Medicine’s SimTiki simulation center is one of only 13 simulation centers in the U.S. accredited for research, as well as education and teaching.

  • To found The Queen’s Hospital in 1859, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma personally went door to door soliciting funds, raising $13,530—more than twice the amount the Legislature appropriated.

  • Cardiovascular disease is responsible for three out of 10 deaths in Hawai‘i and accounts for about 22 percent of all Hawai‘i hospital costs. Cardiovascular disease disproportionately affects Filipinos, Native Hawaiians and lower socioeconomic groups.

  • Maui Memorial’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Center performs around 200 coronary angioplasty procedures annually. The procedure involves widening narrowed blood vessels with a balloon.

  • In January 2012, The Queen’s Medical Center opened the only organ transplant center within the Pacific Rim.

  • House, a television series about an unconventional diagnostician, was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008.

  • Only 2 percent of Hawai‘i residents donate blood. The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i needs at least 200 donors a day to adequately supply enough blood for the state. A donor supplies about a pint of blood.

  • Gay men are only allowed to donate blood after a year of abstinence.


Sources: The Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Department of Health, Hawai‘i Health Data Warehouse, Hawai‘i Physician Workforce Assessment Project 2016 report, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Maui Memorial Medical Center, The National Park Service, The Queen’s Medical Center, The Queen’s Transplant Center, University of Utah.


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