Dr. Kokame graduated from Iolani School here in Honolulu, Hawaii, and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pomona College, where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He received his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors in the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Kokame completed his ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the UCLA School of Medicine, consistently rated as the top eye hospital in the western USA. He completed his Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, which was recently rated as the top eye surgeon hospital and training program in ophthalmology in the USA. Dr. Kokame is Chief of Ophthalmology and Clinical Professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, where he teaches international vitreoretinal fellows, residents, interns and medical students about retinal diseases.
He has directed The Retina Center at Pali Momi into a nationally and internationally recognized center for retinal research and education. Many new clinical trials bringing new advances over the last decade have initially started in Hawaii as clinical trials at The Retina Center at Pali Momi. He has authored over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a consultant and reviewer for all the major journals in ophthalmology. Dr. Kokame is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Macula Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Retina Specialists. He has received the Honor and Senior Honor Award of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the Secretariat and Achievement Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has given over 70 invited lectures, including the Pettit Lecture at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute Annual Seminar in 2013.
Dr. Kokame believes in providing the highest quality of care for retinal diseases in a caring manner taking into account the needs of each individual patient. Medical training at the best eye institutes in the nation and our continued research into the newest treatments for blinding retinal diseases provides the foundation for providing superior, cutting-edge and highly respected care for retinal diseases.
Dr. Kokame is happily married and has two wonderful girls. He enjoys tennis, especially with his family, golf, skiing, travel, working out, and University of Hawaii sports!