OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Craig S. Thomas, MD, FACEP
Dr. Thomas joined HEPA in 1983 and became President in 1998. He is responsible for managing 110 medical providers, contracting with eight hospitals on four islands, and overseeing coding, billing and collections operations. He currently serves as a board member of the Aloha Medical Mission, Medical Director of Hawaii Life Flight, physician crewmember of the Hokulea voyaging canoe, and as clinical faculty at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas is co-author of three medical books addressing environmental injuries in Hawaii.
Katherine S. Heinzen Jim, MD, FACEP
Dr. Heinzen Jim joined HEPA in 2006, becoming Vice President in July 2016. Her responsibilities include recruiting and managing 40+ physicians and staffing a total of 6 hospitals on Oahu, Molokai, and Kauai. She also served as the Medical Director/Chairman of the Castle Medical Center ED from 2013-2016. Dr. Heinzen Jim is a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and now also serves on its clinical faculty.
Kathleen Katt, MD, FACEP
Dr. Katt joined HEPA in 2005 and became Big Island Regional Director in January 2016. She is responsible for recruiting and managing 20+ emergency physicians and staffing three hospitals on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dr. Katt moved to Hawaii after more than 20 years of practice in Arizona and Utah. She served as Chief of Staff at Hilo Medical Center 2014/15 and continues to serve on the Medical Executive Committee. She was Assistant Medical Director of Hilo Medical Center Emergency Department 2010-2014. She has also served on the clinical faculty at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. Currently, she is on the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee. She is also on the East Hawaii Clinical Integration Committee. Her goal is to create an Emergency Medicine group that promotes a healthy, family oriented lifestyle and minimizes physician burnout. By creating a collegial work environment that treats all physicians fairly, she hopes to provide our physicians a sustainable and fulfilling career.