2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Dean Jerris Hedges-John A Burns School of Medicine
Hedges was born at St. Peters Hospital in West Olympia, grew up on a small farm near Littlerock and is a Rochester High School graduate.
Dr. Hedges attended Centralia College from 1967-1969. When he received his Associate in Science Degree from Centralia College in 1969.
Hedges transferred to the University of Washington where he earned his bachelor’s degree in astronautics and aeronautics. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in chemistry, and his medical degree at the University of Washington. He completed his medical residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.
Hedges then settled into Emergency Medicine, ultimately making his presence known on an international scale.
Upon joining the faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University at Portland, Hedges continued his studies and participation in emergency medicine. In some 20 years of work and more than 100 medical investigations and publications, Hedges had achieved much in reshaping the practice and philosophy of emergency medicine.
Hedges and his colleagues wrote a book that told emergency room staff how and why the physician would do a procedure in the emergency setting. The result was to give emergency rooms the resources needed in almost any possible scenario. The ultimate effect was the elevation of emergency medicine to a separate and more respected branch of medicine.
Hedges is also known for his work on trans-cutaneous cardiac pacing in the early 1980s, helping introduce that modality into daily emergency practice.
Hedges combined his engineering knowledge with medical skills to restore cardiac pacing in critical patients. His groundbreaking research helped lead to the development of an electro-mechanical device to even out erratic heat beat: the pacemaker.
Dr. Hedges has also served as president of both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. In October 2000, Hedges was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences’ Health and Medicine Division (formerly known as theInstitute of Medicine ), which advises the nation on biomedical science, medicine and health.
Since 2008, Hedges has served as dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi, where his vision is to structure a system to address disparities in health care delivery to Asian and Pacific Islanders. In 2013, the Hawaiʻi Medical Association named Dr. Hedges “Hawaiʻi Physician of the Year.”