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Two Big Island Residents Among 2022 Graduating Class at UH School of Medicine

May 30, 2022, 7:30 AM HST
* Updated May 29, 2:18 PM
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Two Big Island residents were among the 69 students who graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine this year.

Dr. Gunnar Lee of Hilo, who is a graduate of St. Joseph School, will specialize in neurological surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Nicholas Simon of Waimea, a graduate of Punahou School, will specialize in emergency medicine at UC San Diego Medical Center.

Collectively, the class of 2022 will begin their medical careers in July and receive advanced training in medical specialties of their choice. The graduates overwhelmingly chose primary care specialties – 64%, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology.

The majority of graduates also are either staying in Hawaiʻi or on the West Coast for their post-university medical training.

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