Dr. Kokame graduated from Iolani School here in Honolulu, Hawaii, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. 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 and one of the top in the world. He completed his vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, which has been rated the number one leading eye hospital and training program in the USA for 20 years.
Dr. Kokame is Chief of Ophthalmology and Clinical Professor at the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine. He founded and has led the international retinal fellowship training program, which has included visiting retina specialists from Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan. As Chief of Ophthalmology he oversees 40 faculty members, and guides the education of ophthalmology for medical students, interns and residents. He has also worked with numerous college and premedical students to help them achieve their dream of getting into medical school.
Dr. Kokame founded and has led the Hawaii Macula and Retina Institute since 1993 into an internationally recognized center for retinal disease and research. Dr. Kokame led the development of the first major clinical trial center in retinal diseases in Hawaii, which has brought the newest advances in retinal disease treatments to Hawaii, including significant advances in the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, and blood vessel disorders.
Dr. Kokame has authored over 115 peer reviewed papers and has received international recognition with lectures on all 5 major continents, including London, Abu Dhabi, Croatia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, and Korea. The most significant awards have been the Gass Medal of the Macula Society, the prestigious medal named after the father of medical retina, Dr. Donald Gass, who was one of Dr. Kokame’s professors at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; the Presidential Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists – the highest-level award of this society; Fellow Designation of the American Society of Retina Specialists (FASRS); and the Senior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been invited to present honored lectureships including the Pettit Lecture at the Jules Stein/UCLA Eye Institute in 2013 and the Founders Lecture of the Aspen Retinal Detachment Society in 2023.
Dr. Kokame has always believed in providing the highest quality of care for retinal diseases in a caring manner, while considering the needs of each individual patient. Medical training at the best eye institutes in the nation and continued education and research delivered by Dr. Kokame to audiences around the world have provided the foundation for providing superior cutting-edge and respected care for retinal diseases.