Bio – Murayama, Kenric

Murayama, Kenric, M.D., FACS

Title:   Chair of Department of Surgery, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Specialty:   Pancreatic Physiology, Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery
Phone:   (808) 586-8225


Dr. Kenric Murayama is an alumnus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and is Chair of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s (UHM) Department of Surgery. He also serves as the Program Director for the department’s general surgery residency program. A native of Hawaiʻi, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and obtained his medical degree at JABSOM. He completed his surgery training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine during which time he did a two-year research fellowship in pancreatic physiology. Dr. Murayama’s clinical interest is minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery with a focus on laparoscopic treatment for benign esophageal disorders, abdominal wall hernias, and morbid obesity and its metabolic consequences. He has a longstanding commitment to surgical education and leadership development in surgery. He served as residency director at Abington Memorial Hospital and developed the Quality, Outcomes and Performance Improvement Committee to engage residents and emphasize the importance of patient safety and quality improvement in their journey of lifelong learning. As medical director of the operating rooms, he led the initiative to create a corporate model for the department of surgery across two institutions. Dr. Murayama was actively involved in operational and strategic planning and implementation with specific goals of improving efficiencies, cost containment and program development.