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HSCO Board of Directors


Michael E. Carney, MD
Thomas S. Kosasa Endowed Professor; Division Chief
John A. Burns School of Medicine; University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Honolulu, HI

Michael E. Carney, MD, is a Thomas S. Kosasa Endowed professor and division chief in gynecologic oncology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He specializes in complex and minimally invasive surgery, treating gynecologic cancers with surgery and chemotherapy, in addition to research including clinical, epidemiologic, and genetic investigations for gynecologic cancers. Dr. Carney is the current president of the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology.

A graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University. His fellowship was in gynecologic oncology at Duke University.

Vice President

Shane Morita, MD, MS, PhD, FACS
Program Director, Surgical Oncology
The Queen's Medical Center

Shane Morita, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, is the surgical oncology program director at The Queen’s Medical Center/Queen’s Cancer Center and is part of the clinical faculty for the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. He is actively involved in program development for the Queen’s multidisciplinary cancer clinic and conducts research centered on molecular pathways and ethnic disparity of cancer in Hawaii, including thyroid carcinoma and cutaneous melanoma.

Additionally, Dr. Morita is the incoming Chair for the State of Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and an active board member of the American Cancer Society Hawaii-Pacific chapter. He has received numerous awards for his research and was the sole recipient of the NCCTG junior faculty grant from the Mayo Clinic.


Ryon K. Nakasone, MD
Medical Oncologist
Hawaii Oncology

Ryon K. Nakasone, MD, is a medical oncologist affiliated with the MD Anderson Cancer Network in Hawaii, largely practicing at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Kuakini Health System, and The Queen's Medical Center.


Kelly Shimabukuro, MD
Medical Oncologist
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region

Kelly Shimabukuro, MD, is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Additionally, she has a background in HIV malignancies and served as a member of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. At the International Conference on Malignancies in AIDS and Other Acquired Immunodeficiencies, Dr. Shimabukuro presented her clinical research on AIDS-associated Kaposi Sarcoma.


Nicolas A. Villanueva, MD
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
The Queen's Health Center

Nicolas Alan Villanueva, MD, is a hematology and medical oncology specialist at The Queen’s Health Systems. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Villanueva is trained to evaluate and treat a wide range of both solid and hematologic cancers, and benign hematologic conditions. His research interests are in lung cancer, particularly in non-smokers.

Immediate Past President

Keola K. Beale, MD
Hematology and Medical Oncology
Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center
Honolulu, HI

Keola K. Beale, MD, is a board-certified hematology and oncology specialist in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Beale was inspired to become an oncologist after losing both his father and grandfather to cancer during his medical training. An avid researcher, he participates in Kaiser Permanente's large oncology clinical trials program. He strives to communicate with his patients in an informative and empathetic manner, treating every patient as he would a loved one.

He received his medical degree at University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, California.

Board Members

Susie Chen, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Pacific Radiation Oncology, LLC

Susie Chen, MD, is a radiation oncologist affiliated with the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Straub Medical Center. She has extensive training in a variety of radiotherapy types, including low dose rate and high dose rate brachytherapy, nongynecologic brachytherapy, orthovoltage therapy, electron therapy, conventional stimulation, and 4D CT simulation.

Benjamin Falit, MD, JD
Medical Director, Radiation Oncologist
Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui
Wailuku, HI

Benjamin Falit, MD, JD, is the medical director of the Pacific Cancer Institute and a radiation oncology specialist, in Wailuku, Hawaii. He is trained in the use of novel, more precise radiation delivery techniques, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Dr. Falit has published and been an invited speaker on several panels related to health care policy and economics. After residency, Dr. Falit practiced in the greater Boston area as an attending radiation oncologist at Lowell General Hospital and Wentworth Douglass Hospital and joined the Pacific Cancer Institute in 2016. He is also board certified and a diplomat of Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Radiology. 

Dr. Falit received a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, CT. After completing an internship in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, he trained at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program in Boston where he saw patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Tamie L. Kern, DO
Kaiser Permanente Hilo Clinic
Charles F. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO
Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center
Honolulu, HI

Charles F. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO, is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He served for 30 years in the US Army Medical Department, serving as Commander, 3rd Combat Support Hospital, Nuremberg, Germany and completing his service as the Chief Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. After retiring from active duty, he completed 9 years as Chief of Hematology-Oncology at Kaiser Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. He has served on the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors since 2002 and served as President for seven of those years. He is actively involved at the national level with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, having served on the Clinical Practice Committee, Government Relations Committee, State Affiliate Council, currently serving as Chair, and has actively participated in all ASCO’s Advocacy Summits. He holds a clinical appointment at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. He has been an active supporter of patient choice for end-of-life care for the people of the state of Hawaii as a member of Doctors for Dignity.

Dr. Miller received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Ian J. Okazaki, MD
Hematology and Medical Oncologist
Hawaii Pacific Health Straub Medical Center
Honolulu, HI

Ian Okazaki, MD, is a hematology oncologist at the Hawaii Pacific Health Straub Medical Center. He also has a clinical practice focused on genitourinary oncology and melanoma. He actively enrolls eligible patients on cooperative group and industry-sponsored clinical trials through the University of Hawaii Cancer Center Consortium.

He received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and earned his fellowship at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed his residency at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in Los Angeles, California and has been in practice in Honolulu, Hawaii for more than 20 years.

David Tamura, MD
Medical Oncologist
Hawaii Cancer Care

David Tamura, MD, is a credentialed provider with MD Anderson Cancer Network, providing clinical care at The Queen's Medical Center in Hawaii. His areas of expertise include hematologic, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary malignancies. In addition to his clinical practice, he educates students and house staff from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, and is actively involved in clinical research at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.

UHCC & Membership Liaison

Christa Braun-Inglis, DNP, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Researcher
University of Hawaii Cancer Center; University of Hawaii School of Dental Hygiene
Honolulu, HI

Christa Braun-Inglis is a nurse practitioner and an assistant researcher at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also a clinical faculty member at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, as well as a board-certified oncology nurse practitioner.

Ms. Braun-Inglis has 25 years of oncology nursing experience, with over 18 years as an oncology nurse practitioner. She has a wealth of clinical expertise and has been a huge proponent of cancer clinical trials in the community.  Her interests include increasing advanced practice provider involvement in clinical trials, cancer care delivery, breast and GI cancers, as well as providing quality cancer care to residents of Hawaii.

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