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  • Marjorie K. Mau Marjorie K. Mau

    Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau, MD, MACP, FRCP

    Director and Principal Investigator, Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research

    Myron “Pinky” Thompson Endowed Chair for Native Hawaiian Health Research

    Professor, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii@Mānoa

    Endocrinologist (ABIM Certified)


    Passion for health disparities research with a special emphasis on cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Also an advocate for conducting health research that is relevant to Native and Pacific Peoples as well as training the next generation of diverse investigators to be health disparity researchers.


    1991-1992:  E. Clarence Rice Fellowship Award, Clinical Diabetes Research, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, George Washington University Medical Center

    2005:  Myron Pinky Thompson Endowed Chair for Native Hawaiian Health Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i

    2005-2009:  Member, The National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

    2006-2009:  Member, The National Institutes of Health, Council of Councils (COPR Representative).

    2009-Present:  Featured Scientist, Biomedical Faces of Science Program, SEPA Program, National Center of Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    2010-Present:  Member, Advisory Council, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

    Selected Publications: 

    Kaholokula JK, Saito E, Mau MK, Latimer R, Seto TB. Pacific Islanders' Perspectives on Heart Failure Management. Patient Education and Counseling. 70:2, 281-291, 2008.
    Mau MK, Yee, D. Hawai‘i’s Role to Increase Public Participation in Health Research. H Med J, 67(1):4-6, Jan 2008.
    Kaholokula JK, Saito E, Shikuma C, Look M, Spencer-Tolentino K, Mau MK. Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research. Hawa‘ii Medical Journal, 67:218-220, Aug 2008.
    Mau M, Wong K, Efird J, West M, Saito E, Maddock J. Environmental Factors of Obesity in Communities with Native Hawaiians. Hawai‘i Medical Journal, 67:233-236, Sep 2008.
    Nacapoy AH, Kaholokula JK, West MR, Dillard AY, Leake A. Kekauoha BP, Palakiko DM, Siu A, Mosier SW, Mau MK. Partnerships to Address Obesity Disparities in Hawai’i: The PILI ‘Ohana Project. Hawa‘ii Medical Journal, 67:237-241, Sep 2008.
    Mau MK, Asao K, Efird J, Saito E, Ratner R, Hafi M, Seto T. Risk Factors Associated with Methamphetamine Use in Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders with Heart Failure. Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management, 5:45-52, 2009.
    Mau MK, Sinclair KA, Saito EP, Baumhofer KN, Kaholokula JK. Cardiometabolic Health Disparities in Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders. Epidemiologic Reviews, June 2009.
    Maskarinec G, Grandinetti A, Matsuura G, Sharma S, Mau M, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. Diabetes Prevalence and Body Mass Index Differ by Ethnicity: The Multiethnic Cohort (MEC). Ethnicity and Disease, 19:49-55, 2009.
    Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group (University of Hawai’i: Arakaki RF, Ladao-Baker N, Isonaga MK, Bermudez NE, Mau MK). 10-Year Follow-up of Diabetes Incidence and Weight loss in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome Study. Lancet, DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61457-4; October 29, 2009.
    Grandinetti, A, Kaholokula, JK, Mau, MK, Chow, DC. Detecting cardiometabolic syndrome using World Health Organization public health action points for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Ethnicity and Disease, 20(2), 123-128, Spring 2010.
    Mau MK, Kaholokula JK, West MR, Leake A, Efird J, Rose C, Palakiko D, Kekauoha BP, Yoshimura S, Gomes, H. Translating Diabetes Prevention Research into Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: The PILI 'Ohana Project. Progress Community Health Partnership, 4(1), 7-16, Spring 2010. doi: 10.1353/cpr.0.0111.
    Aluli, NE, Reyes, PW, Brady, SK, Tsark, JU, Jones, KL, Mau, MK, Howard, WJ, Howard, BV. (2010). All-cause and CVD mortality in Native Hawaiians. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 89(1), 65-71, April 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2010.03.003.
    Panapasa, SV, Mau, MK, Williams, DR, McNally, JW. Mortality patterns of Native Hawaiians across their lifespan: 1990-2000. American Journal of Public Health, 100(11), 2304-2310, November 2010. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2009.183541.
    Saito EP, Davis J, Harrigan R, Juarez D, Mau MK. Copayment Level and Drug Switching: Findings for Type 2 Diabetes. American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, December 2010.
    Kaholokula JK, Grandinetti A, Keller S., Nacapoy A, Kingi, TK, & Mau, MK. Association between perceived racism and physiological stress indices in Native Hawaiians. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, March 2011. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9330-z.

    PubMed Publications Listing:  Mau, Marjorie