Jul 04

Kurene Ma’o

Personal Life

Dr. Kurene Tima Ma’o (born in Atu’u, American Samoa ), is a Doctor who practices in Internal Medicine and Occupational Care, based in California. Ma’o is also co-founder with his wife Yvette, of the Polynesian performing-arts group, Tupulaga.



Ma’o completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He completed his medical residency at the UCLA Veteran’s Administration hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Ma’o is board-certified in Internal Medicine.


Professional Career

Ma’o is among the only Samoan physicians who practice in the area that is home to the largest Samoan communities in California, such as Carson, Long Beach, and Compton.

He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary-San Pedro Hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company Of Mary Hospital. Ma’o is also part of Providence Medical Institute – a group of nearly 100 Primary Care Physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to the community. The Institute is made up of Family Practitioners, Internal Medicine Physicians and Pediatricians.

Ma’o and his wife Yvette are the founders of one of the most popular Polynesian performing-arts groups in California, Tupulaga, which has traveled the world showcasing their traditional Polynesian floor shows.


Highlights & Awards:

  • Ma’o was recognized in the field of Medicine in 2012 with the Samoan Achievers International (SAI) Health Award, for his service as one of the very few Samoan physicians serving the largest concentration of Samoans in the U.S.


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