UH medical school opens ‘Clinics at Kakaako’

University of Hawaii Clinics at Kakaako

The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine has a new on-campus clinic.

The UH Clinics at Kakaako opened in December and serves as a multipurpose combined research and medical care clinic. The 3,550-sq.-foot facility includes a waiting/reception room, office and charting areas, eight exam rooms, and two procedure rooms.

The facility isn’t open to the general public, but rather used by the school’s doctors and students in various fields of medicine.

“We already have medical students and residents who rotate here and follow our faculty around, both for actually research purposes as well as medical care, so it will be a huge part of the training that we participate in for medical students and residents,” said Dr. Cecilia Shikuma, director of the Hawaii Center for AIDS, who oversees the facility.

“The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases which strike our citizens disproportionately, especially those which shorten their lives,” said Dr. Jerris Hedges, JABSOM dean. “The new clinic has unique features to help in those studies of illnesses including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, HIV and age-related impairment.”

The Clint Spencer Clinic, operated by the JABSOM Hawaii Center for AIDS and directed by Dr. Dominic Chow, was the first to move into the renovated space. Formerly located at 677 Ala Moana Boulevard, the clinic provides primary care as well as consultative care for all of Hawaii’s HIV-infected population.

A variety of other researchers will also use the clinical research space, including investigators monitoring patients in UH Cancer Center clinical trials, and others collaborating in health research with JABSOM and the Cancer Center, including faculty in the schools of nursing, pharmacy, and social work at UH.

Shikuma says while no plans have been set, the facility could potentially be used to care for Hawaii’s homeless.

“There is already a medical school program that is designed to really provide medical care for homeless, and I think that would be within the vision and spectrum of what we can provide,” she said.

The space for the new clinic originally housed offices. It was renovated using $1.8 million of the school’s building reserve funds.

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