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Wailuku’s Dr. Kellen Bean smiles after graduating from John A. Burns School of Medicine earlier this month. — Photo courtesy of the Bean family

A 2014 Baldwin High School graduated from John A. Burns Medical School at the University of Hawaii earlier this month, his family announced.

Dr. Kellen Bean has received several awards, including:

• ACP Bernard Yim, MD, Award for the student who exemplified excellence in his third-year internal medicine externship.

• Merck Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to two graduating students who excelled at the highest level in their third year externship.

• The Terry CY Wong, MD Memorial Award, given to the student who demonstrates patient advocacy and academic excellence in internal medicine.

• The Po’okela No’eau Prize, which recognizes the student whose characteristics best illustrate the qualities of the ideal physician. The recipient is chosen by class vote.

Born and raised in Wailuku, Bean attended Waihee Elementary and Iao Intermediate before graduating summa cum laude as Baldwin’s valedictorian in 2014. He then attended Yale University, where he was president of Saybrook College and earned his bachelor of science degree. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 2018.

While at JABSOM, he served as President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and earned the Dean’s Certificate of Distinction.

Bean plans to work in internal medicine in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii residency program from 2022 to 2025.

He is the son of Charles and Traci Bean and the brother of Kendra Bean.


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