July 1, 2020

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii welcomes new physicians

Five new doctors join award-winning teams on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — Five new physicians joined Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. They add to Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning staff of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical practice, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, which serves more than 250,000 members in Hawaii.

Siting Chen, MD, PhD

Siting Chen, MD, PhD, joins the oncology department at Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office and Hilo Clinic. He received his medical degree from Tongji Medical University in People's Republic of China, where he also completed a medical residency in internal medicine. Dr. Chen later served as a medical resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and as a senior clinical fellow in the division of hematology and medicine at the University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In Seattle, he also became a senior partner and oncologist-hematologist at The Polyclinic. He is board certified in medical oncology and, in addition to his medical degree, he earned a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Tracy Dorheim, MD

Tracy Dorheim, MD, joins the cardiothoracic surgery department at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. After graduating from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Dorheim was a general surgery research fellow at State University of New York at Buffalo. He also served as a general surgery resident at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and as a cardiothoracic surgery resident at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He most recently worked for Maui Memorial Medical Center as a principal cardiac surgeon. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

Nicole Esver, OD

Nicole Esver, OD, joins the optometry department at Kaiser Permanente Lahaina Clinic. She earned her optometry degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Esver served as an associate optometrist at Solano Eye Care in Fairfield, California, and gained clinical experience at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in San Jose, California, and at the Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center in Berkeley, California.


Tamie Kerns, DO

Tamie Kerns, DO, is an oncologist at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky, and completed her residency in medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Kerns served as a fellow in hematology and oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and as a research fellow in bone marrow failures for the Hematology Branch of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland. Most recently, Dr. Kerns served as chief of the department of hematology and oncology for Tripler Army Medical Center.

Samuel Wang, MD

Samuel Wang, MD, practices cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. His training included residency at Tufts Medical Center, cardiology fellowship at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. 

Dr. Wang previously worked at the Berkeley Cardiovascular Medical Group in Oakland, California, where he was a partner and director of cardiac electrophysiology. He also served as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Davis.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.