Drs. Mitsunaga, Limm honored by Queen's
Drs. Morris Mitsunaga
and Whitney Limm
have been honored by the Queen's Medical Center as the 2008 Ke Kauka Po'okela Outstanding Physicians. Queen's annually recognizes physicians on the staff for their "high-quality care, professional conduct and outstanding contributions."
Mitsunaga, chief of orthopedics, is described as "tirelessly working around the clock" to serve patients and surgical cases while running the department. A general and transplantation surgeon, Limm is medical director of operating room and same-day surgery at Queen's and is known for fulfilling his medical and administrative responsibilities "selflessly and with humor."
The physicians are donating their $500 prizes, Mitsunaga to the QMC's Orthopedic Research and Educational Fund and Limm to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.
Robert Simpson, who first proposed a laboratory atop Mauna Loa to study atmospheric processes, has received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2008 Environmental Hero -- Longtime Achievement Award.
Simpson, now in Washington, D.C., said 60 years ago that Mauna Loa was an "incomparable natural laboratory," NOAA said in a news release. He suggested an observatory there while employed at the U.S. Weather Bureau, which started it. Carbon dioxide measurements have been taken for 52 years at the observatory.
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