Top Doctors in Hawaii 2015 Fast Facts


  • The University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine ranks 19th in the nation for producing the best primary care physicians, ahead of Stanford and Johns Hopkins.

  • After the bubonic plague arrived in Hawai‘i in 1899, the government responded by burning buildings associated with infected people. The 1900 Chinatown Fire whipped out of control and burned 36 acres.

  • In 1974, Hawai‘i became the first state to require employers to provide healthcare benefits. In 2013, Hawai‘i had the second-lowest uninsured rate in the nation, at 6.7 percent.

  • The 1853 smallpox plague that decimated the Native Hawaiian population prompted Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV to found The Queen’s Hospital and institute smallpox vaccinations.

  • In 1948, Tripler Army Hospital was painted pink, according to some stories, because builders and engineers wanted to give the hospital “the impression of a residential community.”

  • In 2012, it was reported that about 14.6 million cosmetic plastic-surgery procedures were performed across the country. In Hawai‘i, the most popular type of plastic surgery is eyelifts. 

  • On O‘ahu, there are only about 20 Emergency Medical Services ambulances working on island, with an average response time of 20 minutes. The national ambulance response time average is 14 minutes. 

  • According to the Hawai‘i Physician Workforce Assessment, there is a 20 percent shortage of full-time physicians in Hawai‘i and a 74 percent shortage of pediatric endocrinologists, yet a 126 percent surplus of geriatrics specialists.

  • As of last October, only 39 percent of Hawai‘i’s licensed physicians actively practiced in nonmilitary settings.


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Fast Fact Sources: Aloha Plastic Surgery, Californian Journal of Health Promotion, City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Elevaed Medical Inc.,, Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center, Hawai‘i Physician Workforce Assessment, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Jetset Times, Los Angeles Times, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. News & World Report