Pualani Gandall-Yamamoto is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Nursing, where she is currently involved in the education of advanced practice nursing students. Her career in healthcare began as an oncology nurse at the Queen’s Medical Center. Eventually she discovered her passion for working with the underserved and underinsured populations, and began working at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Hawai`i. She is committed to improving quality of healthcare by translating scientific evidence into clinical practice for vulnerable populations in Hawai`i, especially minority groups with health disparities. Her focus is on primary care of families and promoting their health, preventing disease, and treating acute and chronic conditions using current evidence to optimize health outcomes.
Previously Dr Gandall-Yamamoto was a primary care provider at the Waikiki Health Center, held the position of Medical Director at the Lāna`i Community Health Center, and is currently practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Kalihi Pālama Health Center.
In 2010 Dr. Gandall-Yamamoto received the Hawai‘i State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the Faces of Nursing Award from UH Mānoa Nursing for her significant contribution to the profession of nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.