The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001252251-01
Funeral Notices


Dr. Hiroji Noguchi, formerly of Kailua, Hawaii, passed away October 4, 2019 at his residence in Columbus, Mississippi. He was born April 10, 1958 in Chiba, Japan, to the late Hiroshi and Tsuya Takayama Noguchi.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Oahu Cemetery. Burial will be December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe.

Dr. Noguchi came to the United States at age 20, as an exchange student from Japan to attend Creighton University. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degree in nuclear physics in 3 years-time. Then, breaking family tradition, he decided to attend medical school. After earning his medical degree at Creighton, he moved to California where he started a residency in general surgery and a clinical and research fellowship in liver transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then completed a second residency in general surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a transplant fellowship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He later completed a preceptorship at Providence Seattle Medical Center in vascular surgery.
While at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Noguchi met his wife, Vickie, a transplantation nurse. They married in 1993 and were married for 26 years.
He joined the surgical and transplantation practice of Surgical Associates, Inc. and Queens Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1998. He also worked at Castle Medical Center in Kailua where he served as Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of Windward Outpatient Surgery Center. After moving to Mississippi in 2016, he was employed by North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point as a general surgeon.
He was a member of several professional organizations; Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Physics Honor Society (Sigma Pi Sigma), and others.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife and children, Matthew, Maya, and Kenji; and his German Shepherd dogs, Angel and Dak.
Dr. Noguchi was best known for his bubbly personality, bright smile, incredible bedside manner, and wonderful sense of humor. His work ethic and compassion for his patients and fellow workers was unsurpassed. He was a talented surgeon and enjoyed helping others. He could never say no to anyone in need. He loved all animals, nature, the ocean, martial arts, and his Japanese heritage.

Donations in his honor may be sent to American Cancer Society
and Legacy of Life Hawaii.