UH med school opens first-of-its-kind clinic on campus

UH med school opens first-of-its-kind clinic on campus
Published: Jan. 18, 2016 at 3:58 PM HST
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Image source: JABSOM
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KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine has opened a first-of-its-kind clinic on campus that will combine research and medical care.

"The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases which strike our citizens disproportionately, shortening their lives," JABSOM dean Dr. Jerris Hedges said in a statement. "The new clinic has unique features to help in those studies of illnesses including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and age-related impairment," said Hedges.

Located at the Ewa-Makai section of the campus in Kakaako, the 3,550-square-foot facility includes a waiting room, office and charting areas, eight exam rooms and two procedure rooms.

A separate room accommodates a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry machine – DXA – which can be helpful in studying metabolic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The machine can be used in studies of frailty in the elderly and bone density changes related to HIV and various therapies.

The Clint Spencer Clinic, operated by the JABSOM Hawaii Center for AIDS, was the first to move into the renovated space. It provides primary care as well as consultative care for Hawaii's HIV-infected population.

The space was renovated using $1.8 million in JABSOM building reserve funds.

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