Abraham Kagan, MD Endowed Fellowship

The Donor is establishing this endowment in memory of her husband, cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kagan, who led a decades-long research project on Japanese men in Hawai‘i and other states, as well as in Japan.

From 1965 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Abraham Kagan studied thousands of men of Japanese ancestry to see how differences in lifestyle affected rates of heart disease and stroke. He organized and led the Honolulu Heart Program and coordinated the NI-HON-SAN (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Honolulu, San Francisco) Japanese American Cardiovascular Epidemiology Study.

The study involved 8000 men in Hawai‘i, many of whom are still being monitored today. Because the men are now elderly, the Honolulu Heart Program has added to its study, diseases of the aged, including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Many of the findings in the study have been used to guide physicians in treating heart disease.

Dr. Kagan split his time between Hawai‘i and Framingham, Massachusetts where he also studied cardiovascular diseases. He published many papers in medical journals and edited a book on the history of the Honolulu Heart Program. From 1983 to 1986, he served as Vice Chairman of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF).

Dr. Kagan was born on February 14, 1922 in Malden, Massachusetts. He received all of his medical training at Boston University and Boston City Hospital. He completed his post-doctoral training at Western Reserve University and Mount Sinai of New York before joining the Framingham Heart Program. He passed away on February 1, 2003.

Dr. Kagan and his wife, Marion, have two sons: Jonathan and Jeremy; and five grandchildren.

Description:  The purpose of this Fund is to provide graduate fellowships to MD resident trainees and students pursuing an MD, MS or PhD degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, students pursuing an MPH, MS, DrPH or PhD degree in Public Health Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and nursing students pursuing masters or doctorate degrees at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, who have expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Funds shall be used for costs associated with international travel related to the recipient’s studies in public health (e.g. lodging, airfare and ground transportation) and costs associated with research, preferably with a cross-cultural population.
Level:  MD resident trainees and/or graduate students (MPH, MS, or PhD).
High School:  N/A
Residency:  N/A
GPA:  Recipients shall be selected based on merit as determined by the selection committee.
Enrollment Status:  N/A
Contact Person:  Student Services
Contact Department:  Office of Student Affairs
Contact Address:  651 Ilalo St, MED 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813-5534
Contact Website:  http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/deans-office/osa/financial-aid-scholarship
Contact Phone:  (808) 692-1002
Contact Email:  medfas@hawaii.edu
Application Info:  http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/deans-office/osa/financial-aid-scholarship
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