Medical School graduate featured in acclaimed film

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Director of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Posted: Sep 5, 2014

JABSOM graduate Dr. Danny Cheng in a scene from 'Code Black.'
JABSOM graduate Dr. Danny Cheng in a scene from 'Code Black.'

Dr. Danny Cheng, a 2009 graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), is among the physicians who appear in the critically acclaimed film, Code Black, which will be shown September 5-12 at the Kahala Theatres. Dr. Cheng, who works in the Emergency Department at The Queen's Medical Center, will appear after the 7:30 p.m. showing on Friday, September 5, at the Kahala Theatres to answer questions.

Among those who recommend the film is current Los Angeles emergency room third-year resident Darragh O'Carroll, a 2012 JABSOM graduate. Said O'Carroll, "Acting as the chief of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Emergency Medicine residency, Dr. Cheng exemplifies exactly what JABSOM instills in us during our training," said Dr. O'Carroll. "Being a third-year resident at LAC+USC, I am extremely proud of this movie, and extremely proud of the values and knowledge that JABSOM has given every alumnus of this terrific medical school."

About the film:

The film follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened health-care system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, where "more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States." Code Black offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view into America’s only 24/7 safety net. Awards: Best Documentary, Los Angeles and The Hamptons International Film Festivals, Audience Award, Denver Starz and the Aspen FilmFest.

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Community Impact-Workforce: JABSOM is proud to have trained half of the physicians who are currently treating patients in the State of Hawai`i. Through its medical education (MD) and graduate medical education (MD Residency) programs, JABSOM is training 494 future physicians in 2014-2015.

Quality: More than 80% of the physicians annually identified as the “Best Doctors in Hawaiʻi” either trained or teach at the University of Hawaiʻi medical school.

Economic Impact: JABSOM faculty bring external funding of about $42 million annually into Hawaiʻi, most of it invested in jobs and services in the islands. The medical school also trains speech therapy and audiology professionals, medical technology students and some 200 students annually seeking graduate-level degrees in the biosciences: Cell and Molecular Biology (MS, PhD), Clinical Research (MS, PhD), Epidemiology (PhD), Developmental and Reproductive Biology (MS, PhD) and Tropical Medicine (MS, PhD).

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