Brandon Hidaka, MD, PhD
I was born in Seattle, and grew up in Kansas City. I went to college, graduate school, and medical school in Kansas. My wife, Hannah, and I have a son and another baby on the way. I chose the medical profession because I love science, directly helping individuals, and discovering what may be useful to others. I am one of five, first-year family medicine residents selected for a national award for leadership, academics, communication, character, and community service. I earned a PhD in nutrition, with a focus on how diet influences breast cancer risk, and researched how unhealthy habits and our society's structure contribute to an epidemic of depression.
About My Practice: My goal as a physician is to empower my patients with the freedom to live comfortably and in congruence with their values. I want to help people turn breakdowns into breakthroughs, and am grateful for the privilege to usher people through difficult times. My areas of specialty are women's health, adolescents, mental health, cancer prevention, cancer survivors, end-of-life care, and nutrition-based therapies. I chose family medicine because I love caring for people of all ages, and am passionate about female reproductive rights. I chose Kaiser Permanente because it is a progressive environment where I can play a small role in finding a solution to our problematic health care system.
How I Thrive: I enjoy cooking, farmers markets, singing, soccer, yoga, biking, hiking, reading, and board games. I self-published an adult coloring book of 60 hand-drawn, geometric hearts. My favorite book is Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. I feel my best when my daily schedule includes eating enough vegetables to require at least 30 minutes of chewing, exercising a minimum of 20 minutes, and sleeping at least eight hours. I recharge my soul through quality time with family and friends.