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Dr. James Okamoto

Primary Care, Family Medicine
Waipahu, HI
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Waipahu, HI

Address

94-849 Lumiaina Street, Suite 207, Locum Tenens in Washington State, Waipahu, HI
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Fax

808677-8333

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Tricare

Hawaii Medical Services Association

QUEST

About

Bio

Family and Sports Medicine Physician; Member of American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine and the Association of Ringside Physicians. My hobbies/interests include mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, and photography. I have worked as a ringside physician for Strikeforce, King of the Cage, and the UFC. I am also experienced in international medicine/travel and disaster relief with over 50 missions overseas doing relief work throughout Africa and Asia, humanitarian relief after the Rwandan, Kosovo, Sudanese and Afghan wars, and disaster relief after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. In 2015 I volunteered/enlisted with the US Navy Reserve, and after a deployment in 2018-2019 I now work with 4th Recon Marines.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: Hawaii, Washington

Doctor Q&A

1.2K Answers
362 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
About 30 min, but..: The sperm does not fertilize the egg in the vagina. This usually takes place in the fallopian tube or uterus, and sperm can last 4-7 days in there. ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Usually not: Usually in liver failure the whites of the eyes are the first to change color, but best checked with a simple lab test. See your physician.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Its not uncommon: To have nausea with the flu. Somethings you can try at home before seeing your doctor are sticking to a bland, non oily diet, ginger ale, ginger tea,... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Diet and exercise: There are no diet pills, supplements or elixirs out there to target the abdominal fat unfortunately. Need to exercise to help build muscle and burn ca... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ligament injury: Sounds like you may have damaged one of the ligaments in your knee-acl or PCL can often get injured from kicks to the back of the knee depending on th... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Get labwork: Your son may have a treatable medical condition that can be treated, but needs to be seen by a physician. A lack of antidiuretic hormone, diabetes, ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities, the first which many 18 yr olds are concerned about is the possibility of pregnancy. If you are sexually active, then t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Could be: Or it could be due to a hemorrhoid, or dermatitis. If unsure, don't be too embarassed to see your physician about it, because the treatment is differ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Maybe: Depends on whether his symptoms re getting worse or not. Even though his lungs/exam were ok when he was seen, if his symptoms worsen don't hesitate t... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Possible stroke: Those are worrisome signs, and i recommend that you have her evaluated right away at your local er. Time is of the essence here!
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes!: Developmental milestones are just guidelines for babies, and all babies learn at different rates/times. The "usual" time when a baby learns to crawl c... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Yes if the correct MRI was ordered, ct can also be used. Usually if a CNS leak is suspected the fluid is first tested before ordering imaging tests.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Probably ok: If it's just a little red from the thumb tack, then i wouldn't worry, however if it doesn't show signs of improvement over the next few days or if the... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Go back to your Dr: You should go back to your ophthalmologist and have him check the placement of the lens, and also repeat an eye exam. The double vision may be unrela... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Probably yeast: Yeast infections are pretty common problems, and easily diagnosed at your gyn or pcps office. They typically are a thick white discharge and have itc... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Several: There are several benefits to Gingko supplementation according to a reliable website. www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/ginkgo/evidence/HRB-200595... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Varies: The color of urine depends on your state of hydration. It may be clear if you are well hydrated, or darker shades of yellow if less hydrated or dehydr... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not technically: It is possible for a small tear of the hymen, however this will usually heal as long as there is no further trauma. There are groin protectors that w... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: Depends on how long the xanax (alprazolam) stays in your system, which can vary from person to person. The half-life 6.3 to 26.9 hours. It can take ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Chest x-ray?: Not sure what is causing your pain. but I see that you had your gallbladder removed, so it's not that! It sounds like the pain is related to your br... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Inhaling hash oil with a vaporizer can give you a large amount of THC in only 1 or two inhalations which has been known to cause dizziness and anxiety... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
May take time : for your RDW to normalize. Your hemoglobin will return to normal faster than your RDW. The RDW is most useful when it is reported with the MCV to d... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sinus vs stress: Forehead pain can be due to a chronic sinusitis or from muscle tension pain (tension headache), or from trauma in most cases. Your primary care provid... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Possibly: it depends on whether or not it is infected.If it is infected, then surgery is usually the treatment of choice.If it is a small sinus, then there is a... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many conditions that could cause your symptoms: these can be very minor, or possibly more serious, so I would recommend seeing a doctor wh... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Certainly: There are unfortunately many infections that can be transmitted via skin to skin contact, so unless you are wearing gloves it is possible to contract ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Try non sedating: Try non sedating antihistamines (like claritin/loratidine, or allegra/fexofenadine) instead. These will help with your allergy symptoms without makin... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: Panic attacks and anxiety are unlikely to be caused by low potassium, although I wish it were, since that would be easily treated with oral potassium!... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
First get diagnosis!: I always tell my patients it is is better to know WHAT you are treating, instead of just treating the symptoms. It is possible you have a yeast infec... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hard to say: Sometimes loose stools can be due to a parasite, like giardia, other times it may be a digestive issue or food intolerance. Black spots in the stool ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: As long as the semen did not get inside you are fine.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Radio "Frequency"?: The radio frequency face lift was approved by the FDA as a non-surgical treatment for wrinkles and facial skin imperfections. It is a medical procedur... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doc: There probably IS something that can help you, but it probably isn't estrogen cream. I would recommend that you see your doc and explain your symptom... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Both are safe : Both are safe however some people do not convert D2 to D3 , so be sure to have your vitamin D levels checked to make sure they are rising if you take ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
May be low sperm: If your semen is watery, and it was thicker/whiter before, then it may be due to a lower production of sperm - especially if you have been having freq... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes!: As a general rule, I tell my patients to eat a lot of vegetables if they want to lose weight, but of course it is possible to overdo it, in which case... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
As soon as possible: You should be taken to the ER right away. If no one is able to take you, then call 911. Never take more than the recommended dose.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Hard to say....: but that's what psychiatrists are paid for! If you really want to know, I would definitely schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: however other conditions can cause your symptoms too. Lactose intolerance can develop in later years, as can some infectious diseases. Spastic colon... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: Arctic ice is similar, but Vick's Vapor rub also has camphor and eucalyptus oil.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: A prior ectopic pregnancy should not have any effect on the HCG levels of your current pregnancy. HCG levels return to normal fairly quickly after an... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See a doctor: That's a pretty good sized lump on your back. I would recommend getting it seen by a doctor - impossible to really say what it is, but it DOES need t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Minimal: Side effects are minimal and usually temporary (the first 4 wks of use) . Some people report symptoms similar to those that have had LASIK - starburs... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Mayo Clinic: Ah yes, "house", i like that show too, it makes good tv, but it is just that - tv. The mayo clinic is very good - about a 4 hr drive from milwaukee, ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Itching perhaps: Interesting question! in my 23 yrs as a doctor I have never seen or heard of worms in the ear! best to see your physician. If there are worms in th... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are potential dangers, namely deprenyl could cause marked elevations in the concentration of pea, which could cause a sudden spike in blood... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sometimes: Usually this condition comes and goes. No one that i know understands the cause, and there are no known cures. The good news is that it is a benign ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: See your doctor! these can be removed in an outpatient setting after it has been confirmed that worms is what you have. Whatever you do, don't try to... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Painful rash (sp)?: Sorry to hear about your rash. There are lots of causes for rashes in this location - i would recommend seeing your primary care physician or an urge... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Clean the wound: Clean the wound as best you can, alcohol is a good agent for this. It is rare to get an infection from needle pokes, but to be safe i would make sure ... Read More

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Sep 16, 2014
I am impressed with Dr. Okamoto's vast knowledge of the various martial arts and the answers he gives multiple patients concerning the same. He also has a great fund of knowledge that sets Family Pra...Read More
Nov 6, 2014
Dr. Okamoto has a broad range of knowledge and is able to translate that into specific, helpful advice to patients. Highly recommended.
Sep 2, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate the thoughtful answer Doc, my Gastro scheduled me for Endoscopy because he is guessing I have a Hiatal Hernia. :( Really scared of all the procedures thats ...Read More
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I do really appreciate your response. I took 4 and have yet to get diarrhea but it was over a course of the entire day and when I was reading about it overdose was thrown around and that worried me.T...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Actually the heart attacks paralyzed his vocal cords and he has no voice and constantly clearing his throat, So MAYBE that's why. But regardless, it was RUDE.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska College of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Presidents Award for Volunteer Service
Top Doctor, First Place, Honolulu, HI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Honolulu, HI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Association of Ringside Physicians
American Academy Family Physicians

Publications

"The Show Must Go On"

Virtual Visit Ratings

4.9
57 ratings

20 top reviews

22-year-old female
Dec 5, 2021 Oak Harbor, WA
Very helpful, professional, and kind!
28-year-old male
Nov 28, 2021 Mountlake Terrace, WA
21-year-old male
Nov 6, 2021 South Hill, WA
Dr. Okamoto was very helpful and informative about my health. He helped me get some good over the counter recommendations for my stomach problems and helped with overall feeling confident about my hea...Read More
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