Kuba Sweeps WOA Resident Awards

University of Hawai`i Orthopaedic Resident
Megan H. Murai Kuba, MD swept the resident
research competition at the 78th Annual Western
Orthopaedic Association (WOA) meeting held in
July on the Big Island of Hawai`i.
She took top honors in the poster competition
for her study “Pediatric Access to Care – A Look
at Orthopaedic Access in the State of Hawai`i,”
which demonstrated that patients’ access to care is
affected (sometimes negatively) by the type of
insurance they have.
In the podium presentation competition, Dr.
Kuba won the Lloyd Taylor Award for her study
“One Brace, One Visit: Treatment of Distal Radius
Buckle Fractures in Children with a Removable
Wrist Brace and No Follow-up Visit”. This study
demonstrated a new treatment approach to
common wrist fractures in children that results in
improved outcomes with high parent satisfaction
while lowering costs and increasing access to
care. As a testament to the high quality of Dr.
Kuba’s work, she has been asked to present her
podium presentation again in March 2015 at the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
(AAOS) annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Megan is a graduate of Tufts University
School of Medicine and is in her 3rd year of
clinical orthopaedic residency training. Dr. Kuba
and her faculty mentor, Dr. Byron Izuka, are to be
commended for this honor.
Megan is a proud graduate of Moanalua High
School. “I thought I needed to explore the cold so I
went to Boston for eight frigid years, where I
studied athletic training at Boston University and
then attended medical school at Tufts University.”
She is happily married to a graduate of Mililani
High School and said they compete daily on who
went to the better “M” high school.
As a busy resident, she doesn’t have any spare
time. But if she did, she said she’d enjoy dancing,
watching sports (especially the San Francisco
49ers!) and hanging out with loved ones. She said
she is extremely grateful to be home again in
Hawai`i completing her orthopaedic residency at
the John A. Burns School of Medicine, where she
can “thaw out and enjoy the sun through the
windows of the Queen’s Medical Center.”

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