Hawaii Community Genetics (HCG) was created as a collaborative effort of the Department of Health (DOH), Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Queen’s Medical Center, and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. In the future, more local partners will join the collaborative group.  Dr. Leah Dowsett is the clinical geneticist at HCG.

Leah Kealaaumoe Dowsett, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and a clinical geneticist at Hawaii Community Genetics.  She completed her undergraduate studies in both Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, earning dual degrees.  Following medical school at JABSOM, she completed her Pediatrics residency at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu where she conducted research on fatty acid oxidation disorders in Pacific Islanders.  She is a board-certified pediatrician.  Dr. Dowsett finished the fellowship in Medical Genetics and Genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.  In fellowship, her research was focused on genetic technologies and underrepresented minorities.  Her clinical focus includes general genetics, dysmorphology, and inborn errors of metabolism.   Her primary research focuses on improving genomic health disparities in underrepresented minority populations, Native Hawaiian health, and expanding the availability of genomic sequencing and phenotypic information to her patients and families.

Clinical support services at HCG are provided by Susheela Jayaraman, and Joshua Webster (Kapiolani Medical Center); and Angela Adriance, Michelle Maeda, Lila Aiyar, Liann Jimmons, and Michelle Takemoto (DOH).  HCG continues to contract with the Stanford University School of Medicine Genetics Program to provide periodic support for clinical pediatric and adult genetic services and genetics education.

Important Contact Information

To make a patient referral, please call 808-373-7555.

Leah Dowsett, M.D.
Clinical Geneticist, HCG

Susheela Jayaraman, M.S. C.G.C.
Joshua Webster, M.S.
Genetic Counselor, HCG

Michelle Maeda, R.D.
Dietician, DOH

Angela Adriance, R.N.
Newborn Screening Coordinator, DOH

Michelle Takemoto, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, DOH

Lila Aiyar, M.Sc., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, DOH

Liann Jimmons, M.S.
Genetic Counselor, DOH