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In 1968, Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii was formed with the joining of the practices of Dr. Albert Chun-Hoon, Dr. Alan Pavel and Dr. Lawrence Gordon.  It was the goal of the Associates to provide highly specialized orthopedic and fracture care for the State of Hawaii. 

Dr. Chun-Hoon was the youngest son of the famous Chun-Hoon family, he attended Oberlin College after completing Iolani School where he not only excelled academically but also won the 100 yard dash as a senior. After completing college, he went to Yale Medical School and then went into the Army where he was stationed in Okinawa. He practiced General Medicine for a short period of time in the office of his father-in-law, H.Q. Pang. He then went to Houston where took up the specialty of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University. He returned home in 1965, practiced for 4 years in his own office in the Ala Moana Building before joining Drs. Pavel and Gordon to form Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii, Inc. He was not only a well regarded Orthopedist but also was a leader in many areas of the Honolulu community. Among other responsibilities in which he engaged, he was the Chairman of the Board of HMSA, Chairman of the Board of Medical Licensing, President of the Hawaii Medical Association and a Board Member of First Hawaiian Bank. He was a major contributor to the development of the Medical Claims Conciliation Panel which has been invaluable in adjudicating medical malpractice claims and significantly cut the cost of litigation to the benefit of both the doctors and their patients.  He passed away in 1998 following several years battling cancer.

Dr. Alan Pavel is a native New Yorker, graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago School of Medicine (where one of his best teachers was Dr. Richard Kekuni Blaisdell) and then spent 2 years in the Navy in Florida. He then went to the renowned orthopedic training program at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He was offered a job at Straub Clinic where he practiced until 1968 when he joined Dr. Gordon as a partner.

Dr. Gordon has had long if somewhat intermittent ties with Hawaii. His grandfather Joseph Smith Hyde was a Mormon missionary in Laie for several years in the 1880's. His grandmother arrived independently from Utah in 1922 being appointed by President Calvin Coolidge as the first woman in America to hold the position of Collector of Customs. She continued in that job until Franklin Roosevelt became President. Dr. Gordon's father came to Honolulu to work at Leahi Hospital in 1925, subsequently ran the Kula Tuberculosis Sanitarium before specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat surgery.  His mother taught history and english at Punahou School in the mid 1920's. A graduate of Punahou, Stanford University and the Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Gordon had his orthopedic training at Stanford, spent a year on a National Foundation Fellow in London, England, served two years as an orthopedist in the U.S. Navy and then taught at the University of Washington School of Medicine for three years before returning home.

In 1999, the for-profit organization consists of some of the brightest and most experienced orthopedic physicians in the nation.  All of our physicians are hand-picked, based on their academic achievements, professional experience and fellowship training. This allows us to provide our referring physicians and their patients the best in orthopedic care and surgical subspecialties including:

  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Bone Tumor and Bone Cancer Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Neck and Back Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii, LLP's physicians are affiliated with some of the finest medical institutions in the State, including The Queen's Medical Center; Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi; Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children; Kuakini Medical Center; Hawaii Medical Center East; Hawaii Medical Center West; The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific; Shriner's Hospital; SurgiCare; and Kahuku Hospital.  Our group also participates in numerous healthcare plans and insurance programs, including Kapi'olani HealthHawaii; HMSA; PMAG; The Queen's Physicians Group; Quest and most other programs offered throughout Hawaii.

Orthopedic Associates of Hawaii, LLP's sports medicine specialists provide services to the University of Hawaii Athletic Program and various high schools throughout the State. We currently care for more than 35,000 patients each year on Oahu, the Neighbor Islands, and Kwajalein Atoll.

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