State of Reform is proud to host some of the more thoughtful health leaders in Hawaii health care. This session will explore how the state’s health care community is responding to COVID, to the economic downturn, and what it means for the sector in the islands in the months to come.

Each panelist will offer one slide highlighting a key question or topic they think is worth discussing. Our panelists, along with comments and questions from our audience members, will wrestle with each topic as we discuss the future of health care in Hawaii.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm HST


    • Mark Mugiishi, MD: President and CEO, HMSA
    • Raymond P. Vara, Jr: President and CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health
    • Mary Boland, DrPH: Dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawaii


Mark Mugiishi, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Hawaii Medical Service Association where he leads innovative programs that improve the health of HMSA members and support thousands of Hawaii doctors in delivering the best care to patients. Prior to his role, Mugiishi served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Health Officer, and Chief Medical Officer at HMSA.



Ray Vara serves as President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health. Vara joined Hawaii Pacific Health in 2002 as Executive Vice President & CEO of Operations, and assumed the role of President & CEO in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Vara served as CEO at Los Alamos Medical Center, a member of Banner Health System in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was the center’s chief financial officer before being appointed CEO. Mr. Vara holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.


Mary Boland, DrPH is Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, Dr. Boland served as associate dean and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Boland received a doctoral degree in public health from the Mailman School at Columbia University, a master’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.