Kathy Kozak

Host, The Body Show

In 1999, Dr. Kozak came to Straub Clinic and Hospital where she currently works as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and did her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Kozak has also spent time in medical clinics in Australia, Peru, Zimbabwe, India, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia. She studies Cambodian language and sponsored the Kozak Ohana School in Kompong Thom, Cambodia. A woman of varied talents, she is a member of the Oahu Civic Orchestra since 2000 and studies voice.

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Dawn McIlvain Stahl / Flickr

  Are doctors giving enough warnings to people who take strong narcotic pain medication? What things should everyone know about the addictive potential of chronic use? Nurse educator Claire Santos will be on the show and we’ll continue to conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of the regular use of pain pills. Today on the Body Show, 5pm on HPR-2. 

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Ryan Weisgerber / Flickr

  Chronic Pain, it’s all encompassing for those who suffer with it, and yet there are ways to live with the symptoms and still function every day. Dr. Daniel Lev, pain management specialist will discuss his unique approach to handling chronic pain that doesn’t include taking more pills.  

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Bridget Coila / Flickr

  The first 100 days of life, it’s one of the most critical times for growth and development, and can set the stage for a healthy childhood. Dr. Ann Tran will discuss and explore what testing, shots and more are needed for the newest members of the ohana in their first 3 months of life.  

Originally aired: May 26th, 2015.  Who gets TB these days, and how is it treated? Should we all be screened periodically to make sure we're safe? Dr. Elizabeth McNeill is in the studio, head of Hawaii's TB control branch , and she's going to talk about where the risk lies in Hawaii and what we can all do about it.

  Can you hear me now? Well, everyone loses a bit of hearing as they age, and on this show, Dr. Robin Wielins from  Island Audiology will discuss the ins and outs of hearing aids, how to know if you need one, and what to do to prevent hearing loss in the first place.

  Heart disease is one of the most common killers throughout the world. But how can it be prevented? If you have had a heart attack, are you destined to have another one? Does heart disease put you at risk for strokes as well?  Dr. Margo Vasser, clinical cardiologist and Dr. Rony Salem, neurologist will join us in a discussion of the latest in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and strokes.

 Radiation is one of the mainstays in the treatment of cancer, but how exactly does it work? Dr. Donna Chung, radiation oncologist, will be in the studio to share more about the different types of cancers that are treated with radiation and how research has made this treatment more precise in the fight against cancer cells.  

  Advances in kidney transplant technology with Dr. Makoto Ogihara.

  The sun is shining, it's nice outdoors and yet did you know that the only proven way to prevent wrinkles is .... sunscreen? What can you do if the aging process has started to kick in, are there treatments that can make you look as young as you feel? Dawn Sunada and Dorothy Maurice will help explain what's out there to help all of us look our best. 

  With all the talk about kids getting shots these days, what are the recommended vaccines for children and young adults? Dr. Michael Hamilton, 2013 Best Docs in Hawaii for Pediatrics, is in the studio, and he'll share how to keep the complex shot schedules straight for kids of all ages. 

  If the time comes, and you or a loved one is suffering and in pain, what can be done to help? Some states have legalized the ending of life with a physician's help. How do you feel about it? We'll be talking about the medical considerations of death with dignity here in Hawaii. 

  It's inevitable, we're all going to get there sooner or later, and as we approach our senior years, sometimes things get a lot more complicated, and our memory starts to slip just when we need it the most. Dr. Patricia Borman will be in the studio to share some tips we can all use to keep our brains and bodies healthy and strong. 

  High tech, high touch patient care - it's here and Dermatologist Dr. Ryan Sato from Kuakini is going to share his novel approach to making skin care very user friendly for all of us. 

  What kind of exercises are best for the maturing adult? Well, Dr. Rachel Coel from Queens Medical Center is here to help! Balance issues, arthritis, osteoporosis, all of these affect joint health and knowing what to do now can only help prevent problems in the future. We'll talk about aging and exercise today on the show. 

  Depression:  it's a tough topic to talk about, especially for new mothers. But these days with earlier recognition, help is available. Psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Wendler is in the studio, ready to explore more about postpartum depression and the hormonal connection between our emotions and our mental health.  

  Pain is such an individualized experience, and medication can help, but sometimes, too much of it can hurt - a lot. Today on the show we'll hear from a local nurse, Claire Santos, who has dealt with the harsh reality of addiction in her own family, and what constructive efforts need to take place to prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate.

Childbirth has changed over the last century, improving the health of the mother and baby along the way. But modern science has made cesarean sections much more common than perhaps they should be. Dr. Eileen Ogasawara Chun and Midwife Amanda Lawry will be in the studio to share their perspective on why going back to the basics might be the best after all.  

  Happy Valentine's Day! What's the best gift to give to those you love? Well, keeping your heart healthy of course! Dr. Anne Leake from Queen's West will be in the studio to discuss the latest in the management of cholesterol, sugar, blood pressure and more, all to keep your heart as healthy as possible, all year long. 

  Heart valve disease is one of the most common heart problems, affecting 1 in 8 patients over the age of 75. Just a decade ago, there weren't a lot of options for people with valve issues. Luckily, all that has changed. Dr. Christian Spies, interventional cardiologist will explain how more lives can be saved than ever before. 

  Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, pneumonia – what do these all have in common? Vaccines to prevent them.  Today on The Body show we’ll have nationally renowned Dr. Bill Atkinson, who spent 25 years at the CDC, live on the show to help explain why shots exist and why we all need them. 

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  Putting the fun back into fitness, that's our topic today. KC Carlberg, from TryFitness, Gabriel Solis from Gyrotonics, and Russell Van Dyken from Yoga Loft Hawaii will be in the studio, sharing their expertise on how to make 2015 a fun, inspiring year of exercise. 

  Weight management - it's not just about having surgery these days, there are multiple ways to work on having a healthier body this year. Dr. Cedric Lorenzo of Queen's West Oahu will be in the studio to share his team approach to achieving healthy weight goals  for 2015. 

Dr. Roger White, author of "Slimming with Daniel" is in the studio, here to help us start the year off right with realistic health goals, and some inspirational stories as well.

  OK so its holiday time and maybe we’ve been avoiding our usual exercise, but when do you know if that joint pain you have is just a little arthritis, or when it’s time to see an orthopedist? Today we’ll talk with Dr. Varcadipane from Straub Clinic about how to know what’s normal for our age, and what’s definitely a cause of concern, and what to do about it. 

Do you find yourself getting a bit more stressed over the holidays? Too much to do, so little time? Well you are not alone, this can be the most difficult time of year for many of us. This week we talk to an expert about how to stay sane this season and start 2015 with a healthy state of mind! 

  In Hawai‘i we get to play in the sun year round…but what lurks in those UV rays can be the start of melanoma and other skin cancers. Our panel of experts compares notes on what you need to know.  

Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can have profound effects on the body and inadequate treatment early on can lead to misery later in life. Dr. Tracy Kurano, rheumatologist at Straub Clinic will be in the studio to explain more about these immune system issues and more.

  It's holiday season, and everyone has a lot to do, and not a whole lot of time to do it.  Naturopath Diana Joy Ostroff is going to be in the studio, sharing her hints on what to do to avoid getting sick during this fun season, and how to stay healthy all year long with natural supplements and lifestyle choices that can help at any age.  Today on the Body Show, 5pm on HPR-2

  The right medication at the right time for the right person...That's the goal of choosing wisely, and something that all patients should discuss with their providers. Dr. Mark Baker will be in the studio exploring a program designed to help people and their primary care providers to find the best way to navigate the ever-changing health care environment to make sure they get what they need.  Today at 5pm on HPR2

(due to technical problems the show starts at 23:18 into the show)

Playing sports and staying safe is the goal of any athletic trainer, but injuries can happen, some more devastating than others. Sam Lee, certified athletic trainer will be in the studio, sharing his role of keeping all of our teams on the winning side of safety. 

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