Steve Minaglia

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Dr. Steven Minaglia is an American channel swimmer who lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is an Associate Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and is a board-certified specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of the Waikiki Swim Club and the University of Hawaii Masters Swim Club.


Channel Swimming Career

On 19 January 2014, Dr. Minaglia and Mark Williams completed a double crossing of the Auau Channel after swimming from Lanai to Maui to Lanai. They departed just east of the Lanai Club at 3:59 in the morning and returned to nearly the same location at 2:32 in the afternoon, after swimming to a beach just east of Lahaina Harbor. The double crossing was completed in 10 hours and 33 minutes. The original intent was to complete a triple cross of the channel, however the swim ended just 3 miles into the third leg due to multiple factors. The path of the swim was approximately 22 miles.

On 10 January 2014, just days before his double crossing of the Auau Channel, Dr. Minaglia was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, a condition in which episodes of fast heart rate (called tachycardia) occur because of an abnormal extra electrical pathway in the heart.

On 30 November 2013, Dr. Minaglia returned to where he started at D.T. Fleming Beach Park on the West side of Maui to become the first person to complete a two-way crossing of the Pailolo Channel and the third person in history to swim from Molokai to Maui. He departed earlier that morning in the dark and completed the nearly 19-mile swim in 11 hours and 10 minutes.

Dr. Minaglia also crossed the 9.3-mile Kalohi Channel in 5 hours 48 minutes with Craig Coombs (6 hours 6 minutes) of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco and Scott Harvey M.D. (5 hours 48 minutes) between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Lanai on 12 May 2012 and the 9-mile Pailolo Channel from the island of Maui to the island of Molokai on 4 February 2012. They departed at DT Fleming Beach on Maui at 6:42 am and finished on Molokai just over 6 hours later.

Prior to the above channel crossings, Dr. Minaglia swam the 8.9-mile (14.3K) Auau Channel channel from the island of Maui to the island of Lanai on 4 September 2011 only one day after competing in the annual Maui Channel Swim. He departed near Mala Wharf on Maui at 7:00 am and finished on Lanai just over 5 hours later.

Paul Luuwai from Maui and Blair Norris from Oahu continue to escort Dr. Minaglia as boat captain and paddle board support, respectively.

List of open water races (distance 5000m or more):

List of channel crossings

Professional Career

Steven Minaglia, MD, MBA, FACS, FACOG, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health of the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii. He is currently the Online Editor and Case Reports Section Editor for the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society. His regular series Journal Club appears monthly among the journal’s many online collections. He is also the Director of Online Education for the American Urogynecologic Society. Locally, he serves as the Director of Robotic Surgery at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Minaglia holds both the AB and MD degrees from the University of Chicago, where his undergraduate major was in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine. He completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology and a 3-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California. He is double board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology in General Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. More recently, he received the MBA degree from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Minaglia specializes in vaginal and laparoscopic surgical approaches to treat uterine and vaginal prolapse, as well as advanced care for urinary and fecal incontinence. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of pelvic floor disorders in women and has addressed such diverse audiences as medical societies, hospital administrations, and patient advocacy groups all over the world. His writing and research appears in several publications including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, The International Urogynecology Journal, and the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.

Video by Blair Norris

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