Class of 2020
Devin Hazama, DO
Dr. Hazama grew up on the island of O`ahu and attended AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, training in large part on the Waianae Coast of O`ahu. He is recognized for his excellent OMT skills. He served as Chief Resident, and quietly and humbly led residents, while role modeling compassionate care and professionalism.
Dr. Hazama is currently pursuing a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
Warren Yamashita, MD, MPH
Dr. Yamashita attended Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Over the course of his residency, he demonstrated leadership as Chief Resident and outside the clinic as an active member of his church and by organizing a multi-disciplinary training attended by representatives from several health systems in our community. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society. Having been inspired by the complexity of his patient panel in Hilo, Dr. Yamashita joined Stanford University’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship program after completion of his residency. With the contacts, knowledge and experience he gains during this fellowship year, he plans to return to Hilo in order to advocate for foster youth and to offer enhanced Addiction Medicine services to our patient population.
Kallan Montgomery, MD
Dr. Montgomery (previously Ross) attended the University of Pretoria School of Medicine. She had already served as a family medicine physician in her native South Africa as well as a Ship’s Physician for Princess Cruises before she came to Hilo for residency training. During residency, she was a champion for patients with HIV, humbly teaching fellow residents and, sometimes, faculty about caring for this special population. After completing her residency, Dr. Montgomery joined the Rural Health Clinics here in East Hawai`i, as well as the inpatient service at HMC.
Mililani Trask-Batti, MD, MPH
Having grown up in Hilo, Dr. Trask-Batti attended medical school at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and is a Native Hawaiian Health Scholar. Prior to medical school, Dr. Trask-Batti completed an MPH in health policy and management, graduating with Honors from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Throughout residency, she continued the work she started with the Department of Native Hawaiian Health, presenting an excellent Grand Rounds presentation on cultural competency and la`au lapa`au.
Dr. Trask-Batti is currently serving the families and individuals of East Hawaii as a private practice physician.
Class of 2019
Vincent Giani, MD
Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
“Originally from eastern North Carolina, Dr Giani moved to Kaua’i for surf and quickly fell in love with the people, food, and culture of Hawai’i. After completing a degree in Biology at UH Manoa, medical school in the Caribbean, and residency in Hilo, Dr Giani joined private practice on the North Shore of Oahu.”
Nataliya Holmes, MD
First Moscow Medical State University
“Dr Holmes moved to Hawaii from Russia, where she graduated from First Moscow Medical State University as a physician. After conducting clinical trials at UH Manoa, Dr Holmes joined Hawai`i Island FM Residency.
She now lives on Oahu and serves the Mililani community as a full spectrum family medicine physician.”
Ashley Noelani Rodriguez Kong, MD
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
“Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Dr Kong completed her BA and MD in Boston. As a medical student, Dr Kong was privileged to work alongside individuals who found a calling in serving the underserved. She now serves the Waianae Coast on Oahu as a full spectrum family medicine physician.”
Tereza Molfino, MD, Chief Resident
University Karlovy, Czech Republic
“Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr Molfino completed her medical education at Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348 and one of the oldest universities in Europe. She first came to the Big Island in 2009 for a vacation and several years later, began her residency in Hilo. Dr Molfino is currently working in Mesa, Arizona, as a full spectrum family physician.””
Class of 2018
Will Chapple, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Chapple graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. Upon graduation, he joined a private practice in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island where he cares for patients of all ages.
Tuy-Ngoc Nguyen, MD
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr Nguyen is currently serving the Puna community through practicing outpatient family medicine in Rural Health Clinics in East Hawai`i.
Ross University School of Medicine
Dr. Yamaguchi graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica. He currently serves as a family physician at Hui Malama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi, a nonprofit organization in Hilo, Hawaii whose mission is to uplift the health of the Hawaiian nation.
Class of 2017
Dr. Kā’ohimanu Dang Akiona
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dr. Akiona was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is currently working diligently with Premier Medical Group Hawaii to address the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the Hawaiian islands.
Dr. Svetlana Schchedrina
Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Shchedrina graduated from the Russian National Research Medical University. She currently serves as a family physician with Rural Health Clinics in Hilo, Hawaii in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
Dr. Seren Tokumura
University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. Tokumura was born in Honolulu and attended the John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She is currently in private practice on Oahu.