Dr. James Okamoto

Primary Care, Family Medicine
Waipahu, HI
36 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

I am excited to help patients virtually with HealthTap. I’ve practiced family medicine since 1995 and went into that field because I believe that a personal physician who knows you is able to provide better care. I take time to listen to my patients because I believe the most important information doesn't come from a physical exam, but from a good history. One thing that gives me a personal sense of purpose is relieving suffering. I feel a sense of purpose in helping others, both locally and globally. I have been involved with disaster relief since 1992, and I have worked in numerous refugee camps. I am married, have a goofy Rottweiler named Molly, and I enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m also a Certified Ringside Physician, keeping fighters as safe as possible and treating their injuries.

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

1.0K Answers
303 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Listen to experts: I'm an MMA/ringside physician: If you look online or ask 10 people at the gym, you will probably get 10 different answers. Our knowledge of sports nut... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Benign growths: Polyps are benign growths, however they can sometimes mutate into cancer, and for that reason they are removed.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It depends: As with many things in life, it depends. Depends on quantity and depends on your timing. First let's talk quantity. Moderate drinking is 2 alcoholic... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
How to get "fit": First off, i commend you for wanting to get fit. The biggest stumbling block to fitness is usually apathy. If you are serious about getting fit, you... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
A couple ways: 1.A silicone grease-covered rod, rotated in the air to collect the pollen. The rod is then removed and taken to a lab where pollen s analyzed and meas... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Joint pain: I would recommend that you see your physician regarding this. This could be the onset of rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. At 21 yrs of age your joints... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Usually: Time is the key when it comes to successful defibrillation: literally each minute counts. Defibrillation success rates decrease about 5%-10% for each... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
“Never say never”: And “Always” is almost always the wrong answer” when taking standardized tests in medical school. In my own experience, I had a patient with a large ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See a Dr: Based on your description, I would recommend taking her to see a Dr. It could be a gallstone or even a kidney stone, and I do not recommend taking me... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes it could.: Heart palpitations are not always dangerous, but they should always be evaluated. I recommend seeing a Dr to get a detailed history and hopefully ide... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Call your Dr: In situations like this, it is best to call your Dr. You don’t want to miss a dose! Often times the Dr can call the pharmacy and give you a 2 day sup... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See your Dr: There is not enough info to diagnose your problem, and you really need a physical exam to accurately determine what is causing your pain. You may nee... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See a dentist: I would advise seeing a dentist regarding your loose teeth. If you are not flossing daily, I would also recommend that, because healthy gums=healthy ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: #1. If you do not have any symptoms, were not directly exposed to someone you know for a fact was tested + for covid-19, then there is no need to tes... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
No guarantees: " If" no one has Coronavirus in the gym, and you sanitize the equipment you will be safe, however how can you know if anyone in the gym has ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not dangerous: Hemorrhoids are extremely common. They can be painful at times, and bleed, but they are not generally dangerous. Sometimes they can be the result of... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Nervous?: I used to get cold hands before asking a girl out on a date - but in a more serious note, there are a number of reasons you may suffer from cold extre... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See a specialist: Anxiety is extremely common, so you are not alone in this! (Estimates are anywhere from 9-30% of the teen population.) I recommend seeing a licensed t... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Could be: Ginette35 is a birth control pill with anti-androgenic properties, so one unintended consequence some women report is a decrease in libido (desire to ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Need an exam: It is unlikely that you fractured your ankle, however given your history it can’t be ruled out! I would see your Dr and get a thorough exam - probabl... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
If you are near term, you should have your OB and the hospital you are going to deliver at on your speed dial. Have a “Go bag” at the door so that whe... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Call your Dr: If you would like to get tested for Covid, it is best to call your family doctor. A lot of clinics are now testing for Covid, so it will free up the ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: However I’m not positive what “citrizime” is, because it is not on the internet. Could you mean cetirizine? When it comes to your meds, you should ALW... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See a Dr: Pain in the lower right side of your abdomen could be appendicitis (unless you have already had it removed!). Could also be secondary to a problem wit... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Epididymis and vas: Usually the sperm will stay in the epididymis or the vas deferens if you do not ejaculate, or if you come close but stop. It's probably not harmful. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Recheck: I would recommend seeing your Dr again as you may not have a yeast infection (which usually has a white-light yellow discharge not green) and have the... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It could be: It could still be a hernia or some other mass causing the bulge. Impossible to say without actually examining it, so I recommend having it examined b... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Recommend Dr’s visit: First off, congratulations for continuing to train hard at 69! That’s awesome! You will lower your risks for heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Possible ulcer: From your description, the pain is pretty severe, and it could be sign of an ulcer. I would follow GERD precautions (I.e. avoid food 3hrs before slee... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It should: If your slow growing facial hair is due to stress, then it makes logical sense that your hair will reducing the stress will make your hair grow faster... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Rarely: I have seen patients in very impoverished situations that suffered from a rare disease called noma (cancrum oris). It affects mostly malnourished chi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Most Likely yes: There are no known dangers of using chapstick during pregnancy. According to the Material Safety Data Sheet "This product contains no substance which ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It's difficult: "Hoarders" rarely see a problem with it, it is usually family and friends that recognize the problem. Hoarding Disorder is complicated, and there are... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Plyometrics: If you want to develop explosive speed and strength specific for kickboxing, then I would recommend plyometrics. http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe food poisoning: Your symptoms could be due to food poisoning, which is due to a staph bacteria toxin, or it could be due to one of many viruses that cause stomach dis... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
There are many!: Martial arts can help develop your balance as well as benefit your aerobic capacity, flexibility, and strength. There are many styles of martial arts... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Get a pelvic exam: It's not always easy to tell if it's a yeast infection vs herpes. If your only symptom is itching in the vaginal area it could be either. If there is... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices h... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It depends: There are two types of tibial hemimelia. The bilateral "syndrome" affects both legs and is believed to be autosomal dominant, so there would be a 50:... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Universal precaution: All healthcare workers should be familiar with universal precautions. That is, treat every patient as though they are infected with HIV or hepatitis.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Most likely pressure: Without any other information or physical exam, the most likely cause for unilateral swelling of your upper lip is that there is more pressure on this... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Probably not: As someone who trains in mma and as a doc who has treated fighters in pride, ufc and strikeforce, i know what it's like to strain your abs! it can ta... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Any number of ways: As a mma practitioner and a doc who treats mma fighters on a regular basis, i can tell you any number of ways you may have injured your rotator cuff. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Who will teach them?: I can understand your concern but who else is going to teach them? Other kids? For the most part, martial arts teaches kids discipline, respect, and... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting 5-10% of women. It affects multiple organ systems and not just the ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: There are no known contraindications to using replens while nursing. There are no hormones in replens that would get into breastmilk. Check replens... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Cyst drainage: Cyst drainage refers to the insertion of a needle into a cyst and withdrawing the fluid inside. This could be a breast cyst, ovarian cyst, renal cyst... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Infection: Certainly sounds like you have an infection going on. You need to have this looked at by your doc to determine exactly what the cause is - whether ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: The risk of HIV transmission from receiving oral sex from a woman is very low (no known cases) since HIV is not transmitted via saliva. Now theoretic... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: A lot of people box (including me) without any long term damage. At 43 yrs of age you should not be competing in full contact boxing however. I am a... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
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

5.0
114 ratings

20 top reviews

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