2017 Top Doctors in Hawaii

2017 Top Doctors in Hawai‘i: Health Facts


  • There have been 15 diagnosed cases of rat lungworm disease in Hawai‘i as of June 2017.

  • The first liver transplant was performed in Hawai‘i in 1993—since then, there have been more than 200 transplants. the Queen’s Transplant Center is now the only organ transplant center in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim.

  • The University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine ranked No. 64 in the U.S. News & World Report in the primary care sector in 2017.

  • Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to require employers to provide health benefits in 1974.

  • The highest rate of bike-related head injuries occurs among boys 10 to 14 years old.

  • Straub is ranked the safest hospital in the state, according to Consumer Reports.

  • In 2016 in Hawai‘i, more babies were born in August than any other month. There were 1,616 births.

  • In 2016, the death toll in Hawai‘i was highest in the month of December. There were 1,013 deaths. 

  • Hawai‘i was the state with the second-lowest number of cancer deaths in America in 2016. There were 156 deaths related to cancer per 100,000 people, according to the United Health Foundation.

  • Hawai‘i is the second-least obese state in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation.

  • Hawai‘i ranks as the healthiest state in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation.

  • Hawai‘i has the highest life expectancy in the country. For children born in 2014, life expectancy is 81. The national average is 79.

  • Compared to the rest of the U.S., Hawai‘i spends the second-largest amount of government money on public health funding, according to the United Health Foundation.


Fast Fact Sources: Hawai‘i Department of Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, The Queen’s Transplant Center, Kapi‘olani Medical Center, L.A. Times, United Health Foundation, Business Insider, Consumer Reports


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