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Hawaii State Senator Josh Green

Keynote Speaker

The Hawaiian definition of mana’o is the sharing of the knowledge and thought processes of ones being; lōkahi is unity expressed with harmony. The Pacific Regenerative Medicine Conference is pleased to present the first annual Manaʻo Lōkahi award to Hawaii State Senator Josh Green, who exemplifies and integrates these Hawaiian values professionally through his work within the community.

Josh Green was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and later went on to attend Penn State University, where he received his medical degree in 1997. After finishing medical school, Josh traveled to South Africa where he worked in missionary hospitals as a volunteer physician, treating a rural population overwhelmed by AIDS and malaria, before beginning residency training in family medicine. Upon completion of his residency, Josh accepted a position in the National Health Corps to practice medicine in under-served areas of Hawai’i.

Josh embraced his new home where he began working as an emergency room physician in a rural area on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2009 was named Hawaii Physician of the Year.  Josh was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives on November 2nd, 2004 and served two terms, spearheading the movement to provide affordable, and accessible quality healthcare for all the people of Hawaii.  Then in 2008 Josh was elected to the Hawaii State Senate where he currently serves as the Chair of the Human Services Committee where he is focusing on Hawaii’s safety net and protecting the most vulnerable among us.

As a family practice physician and emergency room doctor in rural Hawaii, Josh Green has been taking care of Hawaii’s families for over 15 years. The challenges and values of the people he cares for every day inspire Josh to do more to make things better for all the people of Hawaii.

Today, while he continues working as an Emergency Room doctor on weekends, Josh represents West Hawaii in the State Senate and serves as Chairman of the Human Services Committee.

Josh believes in making the lives of Hawaii’s families better by fighting for better schools, a safe and clean environment, and affordable, quality health care.


He will also be participating in a panel to discuss the evolving socioeconomic impact of this industry space with Ira D. Zunin, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Director, Manakai O Malama Integrative Health Care Group and Rehabilitation Center.