The 2013 JAMA Spring Banquet was on March 17, 2013 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

JAMA was honored to have Mr. Terry Hara as our distinguished guest speaker. Mr. Hara has dedicated his life to public service with over 33 years of experience working for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He is currently the Deputy Chief of the LAPD, serving as the Commanding Officer for the Personnel and Training Bureau.

JAMA awarded its seventh annual Scholarship Award to two outstanding medical students, Keisuke Nakagawa and Marin Nishimura. JAMA is proud to award each recipient with an award of $2,500.

Keisuke is in his second year at UC Davis Medical School. He has an passion for global health and his research interest is cardiac regeneration and tissue engineering.

Marin is also a second year student at UC Davis Medical School. She is devoted to immigrant healthcare in Sacramento. Her professional goal is to become a cardiologist.


The mission of the Japanese American Medical Association is to preserve and transmit the legacy of our founding members who embodied the importance of providing excellent health care and service to our communities. JAMA actively supports medical students and physicians-in-training and provides its members with a setting for professional networking and social interaction.