About Dr. Hiranaka
A native of the pacific northwest, Dr. Hiranaka’s educational journey started at the University of Washington where he majored in microbiology. He received his dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (Magna Cum Laude) in 1988. He went on to obtain his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1990.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association who are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology, and spend time in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. This training focuses almost completely on the bone, skin and muscle of the face, mouth and jaw. Oral and facial surgeons have knowledge and expertise that uniquely qualifies them to diagnose and treat a number of functional and esthetic conditions in this anatomical area.
Dr. Hiranaka completed an integrated internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. The program included 18 months of general surgery, 2.5 years of oral and maxillofacial surgery and 3 months of anesthesia. He took rotations through otolaryngology, plastic and craniofacial surgery during his residency.
From 1993-1994 Dr. Hiranaka completed a year-long Clinical Fellowship in Facial Cosmetic surgery at the Institute of Facial Surgery in Salt Lake City. During the fellowship Dr. Hiranaka completed >400 facial aesthetic surgeries including facelifts, forehead lifts, rhinoplasty, facial implants, blepharoplasty and skin resurfacing (chemical peel, dermabrasion). As part of the fellowship, Dr. Hiranaka published two clinical research articles related to facial aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Hiranaka is Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
Experience in Kona
Dr. Hiranaka started his practice in Kona on July 5, 1994 limiting his practice to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He has developed a passion for two areas in his practice: dental implant surgery and facial aesthetic surgery. He continues to learn about these two disciplines through continuing education on the mainland and through his local study club, he is the Director of Hawaii Interactive Peer Practicum, a local chapter of the Seattle Study Club. He has introduced minimally invasive bone grafting techniques for jaw reconstruction for implant placement and the All-on-4 concept of “teeth in a day” to the Big Island.
Dr. Hiranaka believes in community service and is quite active in his Rotary club (past president of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka) and supports such causes as Kona Community Hospital Foundation, Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation, Kona Historical Society, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, PATH, (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii), Hawaii Island Food Basket, Waikoloa Dry Forest, King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, ARC of Kona, Family Support Hawaii, Kona Japanese Civic Association and the Hawaii Island Humane Society.
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