Mentorship In Medicine Year 12 - Final Year for Now
I did not realize it at the time but the Summer of 2015 was the the 12th and final year of the Mentorship in Medicine Program for now. Seven brilliant Maui children participated that summer. The students were Sarah Eger (Seabury Hall), Jonah Adelman (Seabury Hall), Angela Yasutomi (Seabury Hall), Kandace Ota (Kamehameha High), Preston Watanabe (Kamehameha), Sabrina Nassar (Baldwin High) and Summer Montehermoso (Maui High). The program started in the summer of 2004 with the goal of providing a real experience in medicine for Maui students with developing interest in medicine as a possible career pathway. We have been honored with the opportunity to have provided this experience for 76 students. A hospital / health system in transition and medical staff in transition have unfortunately sacrificed this program. As director of the program, I hereby thank the families of Maui that have entrusted us with the minds and hearts of your children over the years. When the Kaiser transition is complete, I hope the leaders and decision makers will have the wisdom, the vision and the courage to re-institute and expand this program. -------Melvin D. Burton

Two doctors move on
Doctors Muthard and Shea have joined Kaiser as of July 1, 2016. We wish both doctors the best in their new quest.

Our Doctor Initiates a New Quality Program at Local Hospital
Dr. Burton has spearheaded the "SEPSIS: See It, Stop It" campaign at Maui Memorial Medical Center. This campaign calls for screening all hospitalized patients daily for the presence of Sepsis and implementing a Sepsis treatment bundle if patients screen positive. The sepsis treatment bundle mirrors the guidelines highlighted in the Surviving Sepsis International guidelines which were updated in April 2015.

Mentorship in Medicine Years 10 and 11
During Year 10 (Summer of 2013) there were 7 students in the program including one student from California. The students included Adam Ferrier, Ashley Ramos, Isabella Jorgensen, Jonah Hu, Juliana Conrad, Mahina Bantilan and Rachel Nguyen. During Year 11 (Summer of 2014) there were 6 students in the program including the first student from Kihei Charter School. The students included Ahtziri Orozco, Camille Whitten, Kinsey Sporrer, Megan Blair, Samuel Bumatay and Shanae Baraoidan. To date a total of 69 students have successfully completed the Mentorship in Medicine Program. A number of them are active healthcare providers and a number are still in training pursuing health sciences.

Our Doctor Takes Leadership Role at Local Hospital
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Shea who is leading the Department of Medicine at Maui Memorial Medical Center as the Department Chairman.

History of MGH Sleep Lab
Read about the history of the Sleep Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital to see where one of our doctors got started.

Hospital Leaders Committed to Quality Healthcare Services
The Maui News - VIEWPOINT - August 18, 2013 HHSC committed to quality health care By DR. MELVIN BURTON (chief of staff), WESLEY LO (chief executive officer) and CLAY SUTHERLAND (chair of the board of directors) As health care providers, educators, professionals and community members, we have dedicated our lives to serving our community. At Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital, we work each day with one common goal - to provide the people of Maui County with access to quality health care services and a health care system that is transforming the health and enriching the lives of our community.

Physician Leadership at Local Hospital
Congratulations to Dr. Melvin Burton who has assumed leadership of the Medical Staff at MMMC as Chief of Staff. Congratulations to Dr. Peter Muthard who has assumed leadership of the department of Medicine as Chairman of the department.

New Physician Joins Practice
Maui Chest Medicine welcomes Dr. Michael J. Shea. Dr. Shea is an experienced Pulmonologist and Intensivist from New York who now proudly calls Maui home.

Mentorship in Medicine Year 9
We recently completed the 9th Summer of the Mentorship in Medicine Program. There were 7 participants this year. Roxane Gaedeke (senior at Seabury Hall) worked with a general surgeon (Dr. Mitchell Tasaki). Mika Eisen (senior at Seabury Hall) worked with the Anesthesia Group at the Hospital. Michael Clarion (senior at Seabury Hall) worked with the Cardiology Group at the hospital. Sarah Armstrong (sophomore at Seabury Hall) worked with the Intensivists at the Hospital. Kieran Bhattacharya (senior at Baldwin High) worked with the Nephrology Group. Katherine Chun (senior at Baldwin High) and Sean Domingo (senior at Baldwin High) worked with the Maui Medical Group Hospitalist Team at the hospital. As of this summer, 56 students have completed this program. The program was supported by funds from MMMC Medical Staff and Maui Chest Medicine.

Our Physician Passes NeuroCritical Care Boards
Congratulations to Dr. Melvin D. Burton who recently passed the certifying examination in Neurocritical Care which was sponsored by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS). The UCNS is the national organization that oversees the Accreditation of Training programs and Certification examinations in subspecialties of Neurological conditions including NeuroCritical Care. Dr. Burton now holds certifications in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and NeuroCritical Care.

Our Physician Passes Sleep Medicine Boards
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Muthard who has passed his Sleep Medicine Boards and is now Certified in Sleep Medicine. This Sleep Medicine Board was administered by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In addition to Sleep Medicine, Dr. Muthard is also certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine.

People who made a difference: Their stories
MAUI NEWS 12/31/2011- This year's People Who Made a Difference showed through their accomplishments the virtue of sharing their talents and treasure to help others and make Maui County a better place to live. For their stories, see "People Who Made a Difference: Their stories" Maui Memorial Medical Center's Dr. Melvin Burton leads a summer Mentorship in Medicine program at the hospital aimed at getting some of Maui's brightest high school students interested in a career in medicine. DOCTOR ON MENTORSHIP: It's about how you 'give back' Since 2004, Dr. Melvin Burton has headed the summer Mentorship in Medicine program at Maui Memorial Medical Center for local high school students - and they're starting to see alumni return. "It's really about how you should give back. It's that simple," said Burton, who said it's fun, too. The critical-care physician said so many helped him along the way. The intense five-week program also recently saw several former students come back to pursue medical professions on the Valley Isle. Burton said he began the mentor program, in part, because of Maui's need for doctors and his own influential teenage experience with a similar program. The Valley Isle needs an edge. It may be paradise, but the cost of living is twice that of the Mainland, where doctors can also earn double the pay, he said. The program averages a half-dozen students each summer. It's made possible with the dedication and donations of a "core group" of volunteer colleagues and the county medical society, Burton said. The hospital also grants the access, which is no small gesture, he noted, with liability issues. Program graduate and University of Hawaii at Manoa medical student Anne Yoshizawa recently spent time back at the hospital. She said the mentorship showed her what it takes to be a doctor. Students interested in Mentorship in Medicine can contact the hospital or a guidance counselor. There is an application process, Burton said. "I gotta say, in a very short time, they've usually become fully engaged in the profession by the end," Burton said. - Chris Hamilton

Program goal to see doctors return to Maui
Program goal to see doctors return to Maui September 6, 2011 By MELISSA TANJI - Staff Writer ( , The Maui News WAILUKU - This summer, seven high school students experienced what it is like to be a doctor as they made rounds with physicians at the hospital, witnessed surgeries and even dealt with dying patients. Even though the annual high school medical mentorship program may have been challenging as students worked through difficult medical terminology at Maui Memorial Medical Center's medical library and were challenged intellectually by doctors who questioned them frequently about what they were learning, the teens said it was fun and all worthwhile. "I had the time of my life at that program," said Baldwin High School senior Skyler Mendoza. "It was really nice, we got our own one-on-one training with your personal doctor. "I've been wanting to do a career in the medical field for a while now. I just wanted to make sure I could handle it, and I was interested after seeing what it was really like," explained the 17-year-old Waikapu resident, who witnessed the removal of benign tumors from a patient's face and another's nasal canal. Mendoza said he hopes to study pulmonology (chest medicine) because he was inspired by his mentor and head of the medical mentorship program, Dr. Melvin Burton, a pulmonologist who also directs the Critical Care Unit at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Mendoza said he hopes to return to Maui one day to practice medicine. And that is exactly what Burton hopes will be the outcome of his 8-year program, inspiring Maui students to pursue a career in medicine and return home to fill the need for more doctors on the island. Burton said he also started the program in 2004 when there were "negative images" of Maui Memorial Medical Center, and he felt that by getting students involved they could see what was going on and tell their parents. Over the years, Burton and his colleagues have taken 49 Maui island high school students under their wings for the summer program. "This year's group was probably the most outspoken of all the groups," Burton said, speculating that over the years word got out on what doctors expected of the students. "These kids were self-starters. They were not the kind that were quiet. They were right up front, participating and inquiring about anything and everything." Alyssa Pascua, also now a senior at Baldwin, wants to pursue a career in forensic science or nursing. "I think I enjoyed hanging with the doctors the most. They are so fun and exciting. They know so much so you can ask them so many questions," said the 16-year-old Wailuku resident. "Ever since I was a kid, I had an interest in the medical field," she said. But "I wasn't completely sure that's what I wanted to do. Now I think I'm definitely going to do something in the medical field." Pascua, who worked mostly with Dr. Constantin Novoselsky, said she enjoyed the time she spent with patients the most. "Because when they get better, they look so happy," she said. In Mendoza's mentorship, he experienced the emotional side of having patients die. But he said he found out that he could separate his emotions from his work, and he understands the sometimes sad consequences of medicine. He said the beginning of the program was the hardest because "doctors have their own medical language," and he and the other students were unfamiliar with acronyms and abbreviations that doctors used. "We as students don't have any idea what they are saying," Mendoza said. But Mendoza apparently fared well. Burton said Mendoza was able to blurt out some answers to his questions even before nurses were able to. Although Burton said Mendoza had the advantage of being with a doctor the whole time, unlike the nurses, so he knew more background and facts. "But I think the message is (that) by him being there, by students being here, and talking about concepts, it forces us all to think carefully," Burton said. He said having the students around made doing hospital rounds "entertaining and rewarding." During the program, students were assigned to physicians, including those who specialize in internal medicine, nephrology, general surgery and anesthesiology. Radiologists, cardiologists and other doctors also all contributed their time. Other students who participated were Seo Yeon Orite, Danae Olaso, Kylie Yamada, Jessica Owen and Jared Toba. All students received an academic award of $1,000 upon successfully completing the program. The program is supported by the Maui County Medical Society, Maui Memorial medical staff and Maui Chest Medicine. The hospital's human resource and education departments also played important roles in getting the students cleared and oriented to work in a hospital environment, Burton said. * Melissa Tanji can be reached at

Inspiring medical minds
Inspiring medical minds Student who attended mentorship program on Maui studying to be MD September 6, 2011 By MELISSA TANJI - Staff Writer ( , The Maui News WAILUKU - Once a quiet teenager in a high school summer medical mentorship program at Maui Memorial Medical Center years ago, Anne Yoshizawa has come full circle. Now, she's back at the hospital as a third-year medical student. Dr. Melvin Burton, who organizes an annual medical mentorship program for high school students, said he remembers Yoshizawa in his first medical mentorship program on Maui in 2004 as being a "little quiet." "She didn't really stand out in a major way," he said. "But (she) was very observant in those sessions we would have together. . . . I'm not surprised she is doing well." Yoshizawa, now 24, said Burton's program was a great influence in her pursuing her interest in medicine because she got to see a "clear picture of what it really is to be a doctor" and that experience was better than any undergraduate experience or hospital volunteer work she had in college. "I would say that's one of my more valuable experiences and influences in deciding my future in medicine," she said. Burton, who has spearheaded the program for eight years with the help of colleagues and the hospital, said that with seeing Yoshizawa thrive, "it sort of told me we must continue the program, there's no doubt." Yoshizawa is studying medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine, but now she is spending five months at Maui Memorial Medical Center as part of her third year of medical school. On Maui, she's at the hospital and at doctors offices and "you can test everything out" as she studies surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, and internal and family medicine. "I'm enjoying it a lot," Yoshizawa said recently. She interviews patients, does physical exams and works with the doctors to come up with a diagnosis and proper care for the patients. She also has been able to participate in surgeries and has closed up wounds and helped hold cameras during surgeries to help doctors see what's going on inside a patient's body. "It's really exciting, because our first year of medical school was in the classroom, and reading and studying through books," said the Kahului resident. While Burton may have been responsible for Yoshizawa's early inspiration and getting high school students to the hospital, Dr. James Jones, a nephrologist, is responsible for getting college students like Yoshizawa to Maui Memorial. Like Burton, Jones' goal is to see students return to Maui to practice medicine. "We are short of doctors here," Jones said. He said doctors don't want to come to Maui because it costs twice as much to live here, and, on the Mainland, doctors make twice as much as they would here. He added that with the shortage of doctors, Maui doctors carry a heavier workload because they have more patients. And HMSA, part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical plans, in Hawaii also pays lower than their Blue Cross and Blue Shield counterparts on the Mainland, Jones said. Both doctors hope the allure of family and home will bring students back to Maui to work. Jones described Yoshizawa as "delightful," "very bright" and "very motivated." He said she would make "a great doctor, no question about it. We hope she comes back here as a doctor permanently." Yoshizawa, said she, too, would like to return to Maui where she is familiar with patients. So far, she already has come into contact with friends of family and said she feels that having a doctor who knows your background puts one at ease. She especially enjoys "finding that connection with each patient that I'm working with" and then finding how best to treat the patient. Yoshizawa said she isn't quite sure what kind of a doctor she would like to be, but if she had to decide now, she would choose family medicine, where she can maintain a long-term relationship with her patients. Yoshizawa is a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School and attended Pomona College in California, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. She began medical school at UH-Manoa in 2009. Jones said he likes to have third-year medical students at the hospital. "For me, that's part of the fun of doing medicine. It's the challenge of teaching. The students ask the best questions and you got to make sure you know what you're talking about," he said. * Melissa Tanji can be reached at

Mentorship in Medicine Year 8
We have just concluded our 8th year of the Mentorship in Medicine Program. This summer 7 high school students, all entering their senior year, spent 5 weeks at the hospital fully engaged (observing) with the daily activities of medicine and surgery. Jessica Owen, Danae Olaso, Seo Yeon Orite, Alyssa Pascua and Skyler Mendoza were all from Baldwin High School. Kylie Yamada and Jared Toba were from Kamehameha High School. Jessica, Seo Yeon and Alyssa spent their time with Hospitalists (Internal Medicine Doctors). Danae worked with a group of Nephrologists (Kidney Doctors). Jared worked with a general surgeon. Kylie worked with a group of anesthesiologists. Skyler worked in the intensive care unit with Intensivists. At the conclusion of the program, each student gave a formal power-point presentation highlighting a health / medical condition that captured their interest. As of now, 49 students have completed the program. One of the students in the first group (from 2004) is currently on Maui during a clinical rotation as a 3rd year medical student from UH Medical School.

Mentorship In Medicine Year 7
The Mentorship in Medicine Program completed it's 7th year in July of 2010. The participants were Chelsea Parado, Sidra Jabbar, Cherry-Anne Parubrub, Chad Ikeda, Kayla Kahalewai and Ashley Akima. As of 2010 a total of 42 students have successfully completed the program.

Mentorship In Medicine 2009
The Mentorship In Medicine program, collaboration between the Maui County Medical Society (Physicians of Maui) and Maui Memorial Medical Center completes its 6th annual offering to Maui County. The program pairs local high school students with practicing clinicians for a 5-6 weeks intense exposure to medical / surgical practice. The participants this year included Tyler Blair, Michael Bayle, Paige Castro, Michael Harris and Patrick Lorenzo. Part of their experience included direct observation and real-time dialog with physicians in the areas of Nephrology, General and Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Interventional Radiology and Anesthesiology. As of 2009, a total of 36 students have successfully completed the program.

Mentorship in Medicine 5th Year
The Mentorship In Medicine program is a collaboration between the Maui County Medical Society (Physicians of Maui) and Maui Memorial Medical Center. The program pairs local high school students with practicing clinicians for a 5-6 weeks intense exposure to medical / surgical practice. The participants this year included Trevor Hamilton, Alexander Park, Rhianne Shimomura, Kaily Tamaye, Erin Yokote and Allicia Imada. Their formal presentations at the end of the program covered a range of topics including the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine on the heart, renal replacement therapy (dialysis), cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, cholecystectomy (laproscopic v open surgical approach) and ischemic strokes. As of 2008, a total of 31 students have successfully completed the program. Most of these students are still on a pathway to career in health-related disciplines.

Maui Chest Medicine is proud to announce that Dr. Peter Muthard joined our practice in July 2008. Dr. Muthard worked as an Internist / Hospitalist at MMMC for 4 years prior to returning to Academics for Fellowship training in Pulmonary / Critical Care / Sleep Medicine. After successfully completing his training, Dr. Muthard now returns to Maui. His presence will allow Maui Chest Medicine to enhance the timeliness of service to our community. "Welcome home Dr. Muthard and Welcome to the practice."

National Re-Accreditation as a Sleep Center
Maui Chest Medicine was recently visited and reviewed by site visitors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The Board of Directors of AASM has granted full accreditation to Maui Chest Medicine as a Sleep Center.

Mentorship in Medicine IV
--MAUI NEWS 9/5/2007-- The Mentorship in Medicine Program has just completed its fourth summer of operation on Maui. The program was founded in 2004 by Dr. Melvin Burton while serving as Chief of the Medical Staff at MMMC. It is a collaboration between the Maui County Medical Society and MMMC, in which high school students are paired with physician mentors for a 5 to 6 week period. The students spend complete days with the physicians in the hospital and in some cases the physician office. The students’ level of exposure was comparable to that of a first or second year medical student. This year there were 8 students in the program, representing Baldwin High School, King Kekaulike High School and Kamehameha High School. Each student gave a formal powerpoint presentation at a Celebration Dinner at Café O’ Lei on July 26, 2007. They also answered questions from an audience of their peers, their parents and physicians. Chantel DePaepe (entering Senior at King Kekaulike) spent her summer with Drs. Jay Lakkis and James Jones studying Nephrology. Her presentation was on Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis. Bree Aguinaldo (entering Senior at Baldwin) spent her summer with the Anesthesiology Department at MMMC. Her presentation was on Airway Management with emphasis on the “Difficult Airway.” Deanne Sameshima (departing Senior at Baldwin) spent her summer with the Dr. Ronald Boyd and colleagues in the Radiology Department at MMMC. Her presentation was on Cerebral Aneurysms with emphasis on “Endovascular Management.” Kelton Kealoha (entering Senior at Kamehameha) spent his summer with Dr. John Mills and colleagues in the Emergency Department at MMMC. His presentation was on Pulmonary Embolism. Kayla Ueshiro (entering Senior at Kamehameha) spent her summer with Dr. Mitchell Tasaki (Surgeon) studying General Surgery. Her presentation was on Colonoscopy with emphasis on screening for polyps and colon cancer. Tiffany Cabos (entering Senior at Kamehameha) spent her summer with Dr. Philip Milne (Cardiologist) and Dr. Frank Baum (Pediatrician). Her presentation was on the role of Echocardiography in understanding heart disease. Amy Gonsalves (entering senior at Kamehameha) spent her summer with Dr. Zora Bulatovic (a Hospitalist) studying Internal Medicine. Her presentation was on Stroke, with emphasis on prevention and early treatment. Caronne Rozet (entering senior at Kamehameha) spent her summer with Dr. Jeff Drood (Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist) studying cardiology. Her presentation was on the role of Pacemaker in heart diseases. At the conclusion of the program, each student received a Certificate of Completion and a $1000 educational award. As of this summer 25 students have completed this Mentorship in Medicine Program. A number of the students are currently attending universities around the country including, University of Hawaii, University of Portland, Creighton University, Stanford University, Pacific University of Oregon, University of California at Los Angeles, Eastern Washington University, Washington University and Pepperdine University. All are still considering careers in health-related sciences. This program is made possible by support from the Maui County Medical Society, the Medical Staff at MMMC, the Administration at MMMC and Maui Chest Medicine.

Mentorship in Medicine III
Students see doctors at work during summer By MELISSA TANJI, Staff Writer (MAUI NEWS 8/14/2006) WAILUKU – Observing autopsies, colonoscopies and reading echocardiograms was just a small part of what five Maui teenagers did over their summer vacation. The high school students from Kamehameha Schools Maui and Baldwin High School shadowed Maui doctors and worked long hours as participants in the third "Mentorship in Medicine" program held over five weeks this summer at Maui Memorial Medical Center. "This program was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for people of our age to gain some insight into the medical field," said 16-year-old DeAnna Basques, who is starting her senior year at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Basques, who wants to be an anesthesiologist, met professionals in the field and learned about different procedures and protocols utilized by anesthesiologists. "Just working with the doctors in general, you get to see what they do every day, it motivated me even more to become a doctor," said May Salcedo, a 17-year-old Baldwin senior. Salcedo said she was interested in emergency medicine and pediatrics. She shadowed radiologists at Maui Memorial. Others in the program were Megan Tokeshi, now a Baldwin senior; and Sasha Cockett and Chanley Malia Purdy, both Kamehameha Maui seniors. Dr. Melvin Burton, a respiratory and sleep specialist, heads up the mentorship program along with the help of the Maui County Medical Society and the Maui Memorial medical staff. Over the three years the program has been running, Burton said a majority of the student participants are still thinking about health sciences as a career option as they attend college. Eight former participants now in college are studying biology or are in pre-med programs, while one is still a senior in high school taking advanced math and science courses to prepare for science and biology studies in college. Burton said the purpose of the program is to encourage students in the community to pursue a career in health care and to return to the island to practice. "The number of health care providers moving to Maui and becoming permanent residents does not appear to be increasing at the rate of the population," Burton said. "The current health care providers are aging. If this pattern continues, there will not be enough providers to care for the population." Burton, an assistant professor with Harvard Medical School before he relocated to Maui from Boston in 1999, had participated in a similar program for seven years at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was a mentor to 10 students. All of the students this summer were committed to their learning experiences, with several logging 12-hour days with their doctor-mentors while also participating in a discussion with Burton every Friday. At the end of the program on July 27, the students gave formal presentations on their observations, including overviews of chronic kidney disease, and general practice principles in anesthesiology in a program with their mentors held at the Dunes at Maui Lani. Tokeshi, 16, was mentored by Dr. Camilo Rosales, a surgeon who introduced her to the specialty of vascular surgery. Tokeshi said she also observed colonoscopies and an amputation and was allowed to sit in on post-surgery examinations. She said it did not bother her to be standing next to Rosales as he examined a patient’s colon and in another procedure needed to amputate a limb. "I loved it," she said of observing the procedures and the successful outcomes. "They come in, and they feel so much better." Observing colon cancer in patients also had a personal effect on Tokeshi. "It’s so scary how fast (cancer) can grow," she said, adding that she is telling family members about the need to be screened for cancer. For Tokeshi, the most challenging part of the program was on Fridays when the students analyzed and discussed what they learned with Burton, who challenged them with questions about how a surgical procedure resolved a patient’s problem and whether a diagnosis made before surgery was accurate. Cockett, 16, followed Dr. Mark Schwab in cardiology, learning about heart conditions and how to read EKGs and echocardiograms. Cockett, who is still unsure of what type of medical field she would like to pursue, visited the Cardiology Department, emergency room, Intensive Care Unit and observed an operation. Purdy, 16, said she is looking into studying ophthalmology. But this summer, she studied nephrology (dealing with kidney diseases), with Dr. Jay Lakkis and Dr. James Jones. "I learned that doctors are very, very busy people and highly in demand. I also learned that Maui is in need to doctors, specifically nephrologists." Purdy studied the complications of kidney disease and the types of treatments available for patients with kidney disease, observing work at the St. Francis Outpatient Dialysis Unit, the acute dialysis unit at the hospital, the emergency and operating rooms as well as the Radiology Department and the morgue. "I think the most interesting thing that I learned was how many people are on dialysis and how common kidney disease is," she said. Salcedo was assigned to interventional radiology with Dr. Ronald Boyd and his colleagues, and Basques was assigned to anesthesiology with Dr. Lance Whitney and his colleagues. All of the students received a $1,000 educational award through their successful participation. The program is supported by the Maui County Medical Society, the Maui Memorial Medical Center staff and Maui Chest Medicine. n Melissa Tanji can be reached at

Mentorship in Medicine II
The mentorship in medicine program which was started by our medical director has just completed its second year. Seven students from two local high schools (Baldwin High and Maui High) were the participants. The students successfully completed 6 weeks of intense exposure to medical science. The experience culminated with formal Powerpoint presentation by each student before an audience of their peers, parents, physicians, hospital administrators and the Mayor of Maui County. Each student received special commendations from the Governor of the State of Hawaii for their work. See the Maui News, August 5, 2005.

Leadership Role at Local Hospital
Dr. Burton recently completed his term as Chief of Staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He also served in the capacity of interim Chief Medical Officer. During his term a new Heart & Vascular Center opened, a new Administrative Team was empowered, the Medical Staff underwent Bylaws revisions and restructuring and a $38M expansion project began.

Mentorship in Medicine
Our Medical Director, with the help of a number of local physicians, establishes a summer program for high school students to inspire interest in medicine as a career (See Maui News August 2004).

Please Stop Smoking!
Visualization of the smoking process including views within the lungs are presented and contrasted with the healthy nonsmoking state. See SMOKING CESSATION under the Pulmonary Medicine section.

Interventional Pulmonology Course at LAHEY CLINIC
Dr. Burton recently completed a week-long hands on update in Interventional Pulmonology at the Lahey Clinic under the direction of Dr. John Beamis, an internationally known leader in pulmonary interventions.

Certification in Critical Care Medicine
The American Board of Internal Medicine has granted Diplomate status (Board Certification)in Critical Care Medicine to our Medical Director. Our physician hold active certification in 4 disciplines (Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine).

Right Heart Catheterization
Animations of right catheterization with associated common hemodynamic changes seen in the ICU have been added to the Critical Care Medicine section. This will serve as an invaluable teaching resource for our fellow physicians, nurses and those in training in this community. It will also provide a visual understanding of the procedure for patients who require such interventions.

ANIMATIONS of Sleep Testing
Animations of sleep testing / waveforms have been added to MCM site under sleep medicine section. This visual imagery is provided to facilitate discussion with our patients and colleagues in the quest for a more complete understanding of Sleep Medicine.

Maui Chest Medicine Receives Accreditation by AASM
On March 11 and 12, 2002 Maui Chest Medicine was visited by Representatives of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (including the Chair of the Accreditation Committee). The facility was found meeting and exceeding all standards for professional, quality care as designated by the Academy. Maui Chest Medicine was therefore awarded "Accredited Sleep Center" status. Maui gets its First Accredited Sleep Center.

Using Technology To Understand Disease and Help People
Maui Chest Medicine began caring for Maui in April 2000. It is a free-standing facility with state-of-the art computer-based technology that is used for comprehensive lung testing and for sleep investigations. This marks the beginning of this unique work in the history of medicine on Maui (see The Maui News April 2000).