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George McPheeters, MD, FACS

UHA Chief Medical Officer

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Written by George McPheeters, MD, FACS on March 01, 2018. Posted in Healthcare

Cancer of the colon and rectum are closely related but somewhat different in their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Taken together, “colorectal” cancer is the third most deadly form of cancer and the third most common cancer (based on new cases each year) affecting both men or women. It...

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The Impact of Immunization: How Quickly We All Forget!

Written by George McPheeters, MD, FACS on October 06, 2016. Posted in Healthcare

The SARS "epidemic" which really hurt the Hawaii economy and generated a ton of pictures in the newspaper of folks wearing masks occurred in early 2003.  There were about 8,000 cases and 750 deaths WORLDWIDE but nearly all the deaths occurred in Hong Kong. We were lucky.

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Brand vs Generic

Written by George McPheeters, MD, FACS on July 27, 2016. Posted in Healthcare

 Finding the Best Solutions for Our Members

Pharmacy costs are rising far out of proportion to virtually everything in the U.S. economy.  This has been fueled to a very large extent by certain specialty drugs (Hep C, antineoplastics, anti inflammatories and others) but there have been a number...

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You're Being Heard!

Written by George McPheeters, MD, FACS on April 28, 2016. Posted in Healthcare

From the pharmaceutical manufacturing facility to a patient’s body, an oral or parenteral medication takes a long and surprisingly circuitous route.  Most physicians are unaware of the complexity of the process or how deeply regulated it is.  

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Battling Prescription Drug Abuse

Written by George McPheeters, MD, FACS on November 24, 2015. Posted in Healthcare

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the US. To combat this issue, UHA founded an initiative – one of the first independent policies in the country – to minimize the addiction and accidental death caused by prescription drug abuse, by increasing restrictions on prescriptions to...

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