David Easa, M.D. has been a driving force in the evolution of John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) for nearly 30 years. In addition to directing the Clinical Research Center (CRC), Dr. Easa was a professor of pediatrics and OB/GYN. Having served as the Director of Clinical Research in the Office of the Dean, Dr. Easa had comprehensive administrative and organizational oversight, as well as mentoring responsibilities. In this role, while working tirelessly to foster collaborative relationships, consolidating resources and increasing the quantity and quality of meritorious research projects throughout the state, he established the office of grants development and the division of research support services. An active clinician, Dr. Easa played a pivotal role in creating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children (KMCWC) and served as its director for 23 years. He established the Neonatal/Prenatal Medicine Fellowship, and has mentored and supervised numerous fellows and junior faculty members throughout his career. Dr. Easa was also instrumental in providing the rationale and in the set-up and organization of the Kapi’olani Health Research Institute, which is now focused on industry-sponsored research studies related to women and children. He assumed the role of program director for the CRC in 1995, and obtained a renewal in both 2000 and 2005. He is currently supported by four extramural grants, including the CRC, CCRE, and Masters and PhD in Clinical Research programs.
Currently, Dr. Easa serves as the Senior Advisor in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.