2021 Top Doctors In Hawai‘i: Health Facts


  • More than 10,200 physicians were licensed to practice in Hawai‘i in 2020. Only 3,290 actively see patients in nonmilitary facilities.
  • The biggest need is in primary care, with a shortage of 412 physicians.
  • 1,008: The number of additional full-time physicians needed to fulfill Hawai‘i patients needs.
  • 21% of active physicians are 65 years or older. 46% are 55 years or older.
  • 37% of Hawai‘i physicians are women.
  • 52% of physicians surveyed in June 2020 used Telehealth, compared to 24% in January 2020 and 15% in 2016.
  • The Big Island has the biggest need for more physicians, with a 53% shortage in 2020. Maui is next at 42%.
  • About half of the practicing physicians in Hawai‘i are graduates of the John A. Burns School of Medicine.


Sources: 2020 Hawai‘i Physician Workforce Report, University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.