HONOLULU — Seven doctors have joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii facilities on Oahu. 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.
David Kalir, DO, practices internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Mapunapuna Medical Office. He earned his master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and graduated with his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Hawaii followed by a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Debleena Dutt, MD, joins the cardiology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. After graduating from medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, she completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Dutt then completed an advanced heart failure-transplant cardiology fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Dr. Dutt served as a heart failure cardiologist and physician lead for mechanical circulatory support at the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute in Seattle, Washington.
Jonathan Kitayama, MD, joins the pathology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, where he also completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. He completed a gynecologic and breast pathology fellowship and cytopathology fellowship from Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Dr. Kitayama previously worked as a pathologist for Pan Pacific Pathologists LLC in Honolulu, and at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He is board certified in cytopathology and combined anatomic pathology and clinical pathology.
Kale Whalen, MD, practices emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an emergency medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Whalen worked as an attending physician for the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts, and at the Milford Regional Hospital in Milford, Massachusetts. He is board certified in emergency medicine.
Kristie Akamine, MD, is a hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, where she also completed an internal medicine residency. She served as a hospitalist at the Queen’s Medical Center while serving as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She is board certified in internal medicine.
Laura Winter, MD, joins the occupational medicine department at the Waipio Medical Office. She earned her juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma, her master’s degree in environmental science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and her medical degree from the Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas. She served as resident physician in the anesthesiology department at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Winter completed a residency in occupational medicine and then joined the Occupational Health and Safety department as a locum tenens physician for the last year.
Misao “George” Kawamura, MD, practices internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. He earned his medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Kettering Medical Center at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Kettering, Ohio. Before moving to Hawaii, Dr. Kawamura served as a physician in the department of ambulatory medicine at Kaiser Permanente-Southeast Permanente Medical Group and served as a clinical preceptor of ambulatory medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.
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 12.2 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.