Aloha Friends & Family,
Kuhio Pediatric Dental is pleased to welcome Dr. Ka’imi Matsunaga to our practice beginning in August. Dr. Ka’imi was born and raised in Hawai`i. He schooled and trained all over the world — from Tokyo to Cape Town. He received his degrees from University of Tokyo (A.B.), UCSF (D.D.S., M.D.S.), and Yale University (M.P.H.-HCM). He completed a Fogarty-Fulbright Fellowship and was awarded a Bill and Melinda Gates Fellowship— both served in Africa. He was selected as a Gillman Scholar, PT Scholar, and a Yale Global Health Scholar where he conducted his research at Jingle Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Bhutan.
He received an HPSP scholarship and served in the US military, where he completed a general practice residency. During his active duty term, he served as the executive officer of the hospital and was awarded medical officer/CGO of the year at two different hospitals. He then furthered his training in pediatric dentistry at UM-Physicians, MN Children’s Hospital where he completed his research in infectious diseases at the Medical School and Mayo Clinic. His scholarly interests include craniofacial anomalies, serving children with special healthcare needs, and history of medicine.
Volunteering is a passion of his and he has provided pro bono medical and dental care globally– partnered with various humanitarian organizations in Southeast Asia, South Pacific, South America, and Subsaharan Africa.
Outside of the office he enjoys surfing, yoga, and rock climbing. We are more than excited to give Dr. Ka’imi a warm welcome, as well as a thank you for his service!