Kapi'olani Pediatric Hospitalist Division

At Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, we understand that if your child is ill enough to stay in the hospital it is a very stressful time for you and the entire family. The Pediatric Hospitalists at Kapi’olani are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care for your child during your stay.

What is a pediatric hospitalist?

A pediatric hospitalist is a fully trained pediatrician who specializes in the hospital care of children. Hospitalists do not have a general clinic like your primary doctor so they can be available for hospitalized patients at all times. Hospitalists are also involved in coordinating your child’s care with other medical services such as consultant subspecialists, surgeons, therapists, case managers and social workers.

Why does my child have a pediatric hospitalist instead of his or her primary doctor?

Your primary doctor has a busy clinic schedule in the office and sometimes can’t be available for your child’s immediate needs in the hospital. Your primary doctor allows our Pediatric Hospitalists to care for your child because we can respond to your child’s needs more quickly for the best possible care. The Pediatric Hospitalist is in close contact with your primary doctor. Your primary doctor is notified when your child is admitted to the hospital, alerted to any major changes in his or her status, and when your child is discharged. Your primary doctor receives a summary of your child’s hospital stay including all test results or subspecialist notes so he or she is up to date on everything that happens during your hospital stay. You may contact your primary doctor at any time during your hospitalization. After your child is discharged, you will follow up with your primary doctor as before your child’s hospitalization.

What is the Kapi’olani Pediatric Hospitalist Division?

The Kapi’olani Pediatric Hospitalist Division began in 1999 and has grown from a staff of 2 to a staff of 12 fully trained pediatric hospitalists in 2008. We have many roles in Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. Our primary responsibility is to provide the highest quality and most current medical care to our patients. We also have teaching and supervisory roles for resident and student doctors, assisting in hospital administration, and conducting research in children’s health.

What can I expect during my child’s hospital stay?

When your child reaches either the Wilcox or Carter wards at Kapi’olani Medical Center, you and your family will meet your medical team which includes doctors, nurses, and staff. The nurses and staff will be the first people you meet and they will be asking for general information about your child and family. The next people you will likely meet are the pediatric residents and student doctors. These are doctors who have completed or are studying for their medical degree and are completing their specialized training in pediatrics. They will obtain detailed information about your child’s illness as well as background information necessary for your child’s medical care. Finally, you will meet the Pediatric Hospitalist who will review the gathered information to clarify any facts that have been obtained.

Every morning from about 8:30 to 10:30 AM, the pediatric hospitalist, resident and student doctors, and nurses will come in to your room to discuss your child’s current status with you. This way, your child’s information is kept private, everyone in your child’s care has the same information, and you will hear everything being proposed for your child’s care. This is the time where we can explain what is happening with your child and your opportunity to ask any questions you may have for us. During the day, we will update you on any test results or any changes in medical care. At night, doctors stay overnight in the hospital to monitor and address your child’s immediate needs until your regular medical team returns during the following day.

How can I contact the Kapi’olani Pediatric Hospitalists?

Our address is Kapi’olani Pediatric Hospitalist Division, KMCWC, 1319 Punahou St, 2nd floor, Honolulu, HI, 96826. The hospital operator at (808) 983-6000 can reach us by phone and our fax number is (808) 983-6109.

Who are the Kapi’olani Pediatric Hospitalists?
 

    Tina Ackermann, M.D.

Dr. Ackermann is a board certified pediatrician who completed her residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia. She received her medical education at State University of New York-Buffalo after attending Johns Hopkins University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree. She was previously employed as a pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh before becoming an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    Lora Bergert, M.D.
Division Head, Pediatric Hospitalist Division

After finishing her undergraduate degree at University of Wyoming, Dr. Bergert attended University of Minnesota for her medical degree. She completed her residency and chief residency at University of California-San Diego. She is a board certified pediatrician with memberships in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Hospital Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    Selina Chen, M.D., MPH

Dr. Selina Chen completed her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed an internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Hawai‘i. She is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    Diane Ching, M.D.

Dr. Ching earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She completed her medical degree at the John A Burns School of Medicine. Her pediatrics training was also completed at the University of Hawai‘I. Dr. Ching is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified.

     
    Kristin Fernandez, M.D., MS

Dr. Fernandez completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and her medical school at the John A Burns School of Medicine in Hawai‘i. She received her Masters degree at the University of Hawai‘i in Biomedical Sciences. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

     
    Colleen Finnegan, M.D.

After receiving her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College, Dr. Finnegan attended the University of Massachusetts. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     
    Jessica Kosut, M.D.

Dr. Kosut is a board certified pediatrician who completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Davis and her medical degree from the New York Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center.

     
    Mae S. I. Kyono, M.D.

After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, Dr. Kyono completed her medical school education and residency at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawai‘i. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     
    Kyra Len, M.D.

Dr. Len studied at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa before attending the John A Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland, California. She is a board certified pediatrician who is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Hawai‘i Medical Association. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    James Lin, M.D.

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in California, Dr. Lin attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Duke University in North Carolina for his pediatric training. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Before joining the Pediatric Hospitalist Division, Dr. Lin was a general pediatrician at Kauai Medical Clinic. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    Barry Mizuo, M.D.

Dr. Mizuo was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He attended high school at the University of Hawai‘i Laboratory School and then went on to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Mizuo completed his medical education at the John A Burns School of Medicine in Hawai‘i and his pediatrics residency at the University of California Irvine. He is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

     
    Cheryl Okado, M.D. 

Dr. Okado received her undergraduate degree from Harvey Mudd College and her medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine here in Hawai‘i. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is a board certified pediatrician.

     
    Shilpa J. Patel, M.D. 

Dr. Patel received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and completed her medical education and residency at the University of Vermont. Dr. Patel is board certified in pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also the Associate Program Director for the University of Hawai‘i Pediatric Residency Program.

     
    Bill Shea, M.D., MPH

Dr. Shea is a graduate of Villanova University and received his Masters in Public Health at Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania. He completed his medical degree at University of Connecticut and his internal medicine and pediatrics training at University of Hawai‘i. He is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.

     
    Alicia Turlington, M.D.

Dr. Turlington received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and her medical degree from the University of Southern California. She completed her pediatric residency at John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawai‘i, is board certified in pediatrics, and is a member of the American Association for Pediatrics.

     
    Megan Yunghans, M.D.

Dr. Yunghans is a board certified pediatrician who received her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Michigan.