Dr. Custodio has dedicated his career to improving health care for the poor and underserved in Hawaii. Vision and dedication have enabled him to help found, design and implement innovative initiatives decades ahead of the mainstream. Twenty years ago, he helped to create a community health center-run manage care plan and a pay for performance immunization program. Ten years ago, he implemented electronic medical records and brought the medical home concept to primary care clinics. Over the last five years, he has turned his attention to training the next generation by starting the Waianae Community Campus of the A.T. Stills School of Osteopathic Medicine at Arizona. More recently, he founded the Waianae School of Community Health, a first in the nation school that integrates professional, vocational and public school programs, thus creating a preschool to post-doctorial health care career pipeline. The motto of his new school is; “Dare to Dream, Promise to Serve.”
Dr. Custodio completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and his medical degree and pediatric residency at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, in 1986 and 1989 respectively. He completed the CFHU Fellowship, and received his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998.