VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: UH medical school honors retiring longtime dean Jerris Hedges

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
Spokesman, Office of Communications Director, UH Communications
Posted: Feb 27, 2023

Link to video and sound (details below):


WHAT: A retirement dinner honoring Jerris Hedges, dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), for his 15 years of service, dedication and leadership of the state’s only medical school. Hedges will retire on March 1, 2023.

WHO: Approximately 100 guests including JABSOM faculty, staff and students; UH, state and healthcare industry leaders; and donors attended. 

WHERE: John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cafe Waiola and Lanai

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2023

WHY: Hedges has positively impacted many students, faculty/researchers and staff during his time at JABSOM. He has also fostered relationships and partnerships with Hawaiʻi healthcare industry providers and donors.

Event highlights:

  • Remarks from Gov. Josh Green, UH President David Lassner and UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno

  • Hula performance by alumni and current MD students

  • Retrospective video tribute to Hedges: “15 Years of Service” 

  • A video booth where guests recorded their well-wishes 



  • Under Hedges, JABSOM contributed greatly to UH’s research success through his leadership on several multi-professional National Institutes of Health (NIH) research infrastructure grants. He will continue to help guide the NIH-sponsored Ola HAWAIʻI health disparities grant upon retirement.

  • Hedges led the medical school to greater national visibility, experiencing a significant rise in the US News & World Report rankings of the nation’s best medical schools.

  • 1,016 students have graduated from JABSOM in the 15 years Hedges served as dean.

  • Hedges was elected the Hawaii Medical Association Physician of the Year in 2013.

  • Hedges is only one of two UH employees elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.

  • Read more on Hedges and his retirement.


Link to video and sound (details below):


BROLL (1 minute, 7 seconds):


  • Hedges greeting guests

  • Assorted shots of event

  • Governor Green speaking



Jerris Hedges/Retiring dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine (12 seconds)

“I really am proud of the ability we have to take talented folks from Hawaiʻi and make them some of the best doctors in the country, as well as some of the best scientists.”