David Fitz-Patrick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.

Dr. David Fitz-Patrick was born, raised and educated in England. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1974. Following an internship in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, he came to the United States where he completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He then spent 4 years at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he did his specialty training in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism.

In 1981, Dr. Fitz-Patrick came to Honolulu where he practiced for 9 years at Straub Clinic and Hospital as an Internist and specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology. While at Straub Clinic, Dr. Fitz-Patrick was Chief of Endocrinology and headed the Diabetes Center of the Pacific, which he founded in 1983. He also served as Chairman of Hospital Quality Assurance was a member of the Clinic’s Board of Directors.

Despite maintaining a busy medical practice, Dr. Fitz-Patrick has been active in medical research for much of the past 20 years. The results of his research have been published in prestigious medical journals around the world. His research has also been recognized by awards from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, McGill University, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, The American College of Physicians, Straub Clinic and Hospital, and the Straub Medical Research and Education Foundation.

Community involvement has included service on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii (including 3 years as President), the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Straub Medical Research and Education Foundation, the Council of the American College of Physicians, and the Hawaii Society of Internal Medicine.

In 1988, Dr. Fitz-Patrick became the first physician to graduate from the University of Hawaii’s Advanced Management Program. He is named in the latest editions of The Best Doctors in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Fitz-Patrick is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Diabetes and Endocrinology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.

Alice M. Y. Taniguchi, R.N., M.P.H., C.D.E.

Alice Taniguchi was born in Seoul, Korea. She moved to Hawaii with her family when she was a teenager and is fluent in both Korean and English. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Public Health degree in the area of Health Education from the University of Hawaii.

Alice has been involved in Diabetes Education for the past 15 years. She has served as program coordinator and diabetes educator for the Diabetes Center of the Pacific, The Hawaii State Diabetes Control Program, and The Diabetes Treatment Clinic.

In 1987, Alice became the first nurse in Hawaii to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association as well as President of the Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators. She is currently a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Alice is recognized both locally and nationally as an expert on diabetes education, especially as it relates to people from various ethnic backgrounds. She is a frequent lecturer to patient and professional groups as well as the general public. She spends much of her spare time working to improve diabetes education services in Hawaii.

In 1991, Alice was honored at the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators when she was chosen " Diabetes Educator of the Year".

Alice A. Toguchi-Matsuo R.D., M.P.H.

Alice Toguchi-Matsuo was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. She was educated at the University of Hawaii where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences, as well as a Master in Public Health degree in Nutrition.

Alice has been involved in various aspects of nutrition counseling and research for over 15 years. Prior to joining our center, Alice was responsible for the planning, development and implementation of nutrition services for the State of Hawaii. She is a member of the Hawaii Dietetic Association, the Hawaii Nutrition Council, and the Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators.

In addition to providing dietary education for people with diabetes, Alice is also an expert in dietary counseling for weight management, chronic disease prevention and health promotion. She also performs computerized nutrient analysis of individual diets, and body composition analysis and interpretation.

Elva Yoshihara B.S., R.N., CDE

Elva Yoshihara was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she attended Hanahauoli and Punahou Schools. She is a graduate of Bradford College, Bradford, Mass., and the John Hopkins School of Nursing, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She practiced nursing in various positions throughout the United States for several years before accepting a position as a nursing instructor at Kapiolani Community College in 1975. She served in that capacity for 14 years, and retired as a tenured Associate Professor.

Elva has been involved in diabetes education for the past eight years. In addition to seeing patients at the Diabetes & Hormone Center of the Pacific, she is a member of the Native Hawaiian Diabetes Intervention Program (NHDIP). The NHDIP is a research program funded by the National Institute of Health to test the effectiveness of changed eating and exercise habits on diabetics of Hawaiian ancestry. She also lectures on “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” for the Queen’s Medical Center’s Health and Wellness program.

Elva Yoshihara is a nationally-certified diabetes educator (CDE), and has served the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Affiliate, as chairman of the Patient Education Committee, Vice-President of Programs, Member of the Board of Directors, and President (1992-93). She is also a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.


Dr. Fitz-Patrick works closely with many other specialists whose skills are needed to treat specific complications of diabetes and endocrine problems. These include:

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Diabetes and Hormone Center of the Pacific
Ala Moana Pacific Center
1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Tel: (808) 531-6886 Fax: (808) 523-5115

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