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Dr Ricardo Custudio

For over thirty-five years, Dr. Custodio has dedicated his career to providing health care for the poor and underserved in Hawaii.  As a medical director he helped found and implement a community-based managed care plan (AlohaCare), a pay for performance immunization initiative (95-2-95), and medical homes with integrated primary, dental, behavioral health and enabling services.  Early adoption of cell phone technology, telemedicine and electronic medical records has convinced him that mHealth will be a means toward health equity.

The shortage of health professionals led him to help found an innovative community-based medical school (A.T. Stills University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Waianae Community Campus), a clinically-based residency program   (Kalihi-Palama Nurse Practitioner Residency Program), a medical assistant internship program and a longitudinal student mentoring program (Kulia Program).  As an Associate Professor and Chair and with the vision that health career training needs to be community, service and team based, he is now responsible for building a new Undergraduate Health Science program at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

Dr. Custodio completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University in 1980, his medical degree at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1986, and his pediatric residency at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in 1989. He also completed the Commonwealth / Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and received his Master of Public Health from the Harvard University in 1998. He was in the second class of fellows and the first (and only) Filipino/Pacific Islander.