HHHRC is grateful for the legacy of compassionate care and advocacy embodied in the professional career of Dr. Cyril Goshima, who recently announced his retirement from medical practice at the end of February.
Dr. Goshima, a Maryknoll High graduate based in Kaimuki, began treating HIV/AIDS patients since the epidemic began in the early 1980s. He served as Executive Director of the AIDS Education Training Center at the University of Hawaii. He helped physicians and nurses across the Pacific, including Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Guam to help treat patients living with HIV. He received the Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award from the Hawai῾i State Department of Health in 2006 for his outstanding contribution in providing HIV/AIDS services.
“Dr. Goshima provided needed care to those with AIDS-related illnesses at a time when far too many in our society, including the medical profession, perpetuated stigma against gay men and persons who use drugs. He’s embodied the best attributes of medical practice throughout his career, dedicating his life to the service of humanity as called for in the Physician’s Oath,” said HHHRC Executive Director Heather Lusk.
“We are honored to celebrate that legacy of dedication, which he brought to our community’s most vulnerable members year after year. Dr. Goshima will continue to serve as an inspiration to many here at HHHRC and to those who’ve encountered his courageous work and his personal grace,” she added.