JAMA Banquet 2010

On March 7, 2010, JAMA hosted its Spring Banquet at Maison Akira restaurant in Pasadena. The delicious food prepared by talented Chef Akira Hirose wondefully complemented the banquet festivities.

JAMA awarded its fourth annual Medical Student Scholarship Award to Aimee Sato from UCSF and Nanae Takatori from UCLA. Both winners were excited to accept their scholarship award of $2,500.

Special guests at the banquet included Dana Fujiko Heatherton and Daniel Ho. Dana Fujiko Heatherton was the 2009 Nisei Week Queen. Daniel Ho is a native of Hawaii and a multiple grammy award winner who sings and plays guitar, ukulele, and keyboards. JAMA was thrilled to have Daniel Ho performs his music for us!

JAMA Banquet 2011

On March 13, 2011, JAMA held its Annual Spring Meeting at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

JAMA recognized local physicians-in-training. Kurtis Kaminishi, M.D., a psychiatry resident from LA County USC Medical Center, spoke about his background and future interests in medicine.

Gordon Sasaki, M.D., chairman of the Scholarship Committee, award the JAMA Medical Student Scholarship Award to Jason Nagata, as second year student at UC San Francisco School of Medicine. Jason's accomplishments reflect his interest in both local and international medicine. He envisions a medical career to promote nutritional health globally and to serve the Japanese American community through diabetes prevention and nutritional intervention. Jason, an accomplished violinist for the Symphony Parnassus, performed a musical piece for the audience.

Past President Brian Itagaki, M.D. installed the new JAMA cabinet which includes President Elliot Sumi, M.D., Vice-President Patrick Takahashi, M.D., Secretary Shunpei Keith Iwata, M.D., Treasurer Alan Yamada, M.D., Membership Chair John Mayeno, M.D., and Scholarship Chair Gordon Sasaki, M.D.

Past officers were recognized for their hard work in supporting JAMA. These past officers included Brian Itagaki, M.D. (President), Patrick Takahashi, M.D. (Vice-President), Mike Uyeki, M.D. (Secretary), Alan Yamada, M.D. (Treasurer), John Mayeno, M.D. (Membership Chair), and Gordon Sasaki, M.D. (Scholarship Chair).

JAMA Banquet 2012

The 2012 JAMA Spring Banquet was held on March 18, 2012 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Brian Itagaki, M.D. was presented with a Waterford Crystal Bowl for his six years of service as JAMA's President from 2005 to 2010. Another past-President, Gordon Sasaki, M.D. gave an informative presentation entitled "Regenerative Stem Cells in Medicine: Potentials and Pitfalls."

The highlight of the banquet was the awarding of JAMA's sixth annual Medical Student Scholarship award of $2,500. Yuri Cheung, a first year medical student at UCLA, was awarded the JAMA Medical Student Scholarship award. Yuri grew up in Singapore and Taiwan before eventually settling in Los Angeles. She notes that it was in Los Angeles where her identity became an inseparable blend of American education, Japanese culture, and Chinese origin.

JAMA Banquet 2013

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.