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Craig M. Ono, M.D.

Craig M. Ono, M.D.

Craig M. Ono, M.D., is the chief of staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu and is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. He received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a biomedical engineering specialty from Northwestern University and continued his studies at Northwestern to earn his medical degree. Dr. Ono completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Tripler Army Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.

Dr. Ono has a particular interest in lower extremity reconstruction, club feet and sports injuries.

Dr. Ono has been an orthopaedic surgeon at the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu since 1992. He was named chief of staff in 2014 and had been assistant chief of staff since 2006. He serves as medical director for the hospital’ s telehealth and outreach clinic programs. Dr. Ono is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and Hawaii Orthopaedic Association, among others. Additionally, he is an associate clinical professor of surgery and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Dr. Ono also served as a colonel in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps. While on active duty, he served as the division surgeon for the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He commanded and deployed an airborne forward surgical team to Kosovo. As an Army Reserve soldier, Dr. Ono commanded a hospital headquartered in Alaska. He served as command surgeon for the Army Reserve forces in the Pacific. He ensured soldier medical readiness and resolved health care access issues for soldiers and their families throughout the South and West Pacific region. He advanced his professional development education by earning a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Ono has served as the chief of staff for a one-star general officer command in Hawaii with responsibility for managing a headquarters staff, which includes command and control of over 3,500 soldiers and an annual operating budget of over $56 million. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three times while being part of the medical staff here in Honolulu. On June 30, 2015, Ono retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with 34 years of service (residency included). He was awarded with the Legion of Merit which was added to his numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal.

In 2015, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii honored Dr. Ono with the Physician of the Year award. In 2016, he was listed in Honolulu Magazine's Top Doctors.

Dr. Ono’s office is lined with memories of his travels, including his favorite Gyotaku Japanese fish prints. He and his wife, Claire, reside in Wahiawa, Hawaii. They have three daughters, Caryn, Caitlin and Christianne.


  • Medical Degree, Northwestern University Medical School
  • Transitional Internship Program, Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Residency, Tripler Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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