Dr. Steven Minaglia is a 46-year-old American channel swimmer who lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He competes in marathon swims nationally and internationally and is a member of the University of Hawaii Masters Swim Club.
He is an Associate Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii and is a double board-certified specialist in both Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society.
Channel Swimming Career
See 'List of Channel Crossings' below for Oceans Seven progress
Hawaiian channel crossings
- 7-9 September 2018 he organized and completed the Second Annual ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Swim Challenge, a 3-day, 3-channel crossing among the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. 6 swimmers completed the challenge. Results are available at Endurance Challenge.
- On 21-23 October 2017 he organized and completed the First Annual ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Swim Challenge, a 3-day, 3-channel crossing among the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. 5 swimmers completed the challenge.
- On 19 January 2014, Dr. Minaglia completed a double crossing of the Auau Channel after swimming from Lanai to Maui to Lanai. He 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. The condition was successfully treated at The Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on 14 February 2014 with a procedure known as intracardiac ablation.
- 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 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 (14.3 km) 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.
- On 27 April 2019, he had the 9th fastest cumulative time of 16:49:43.3 in the 2019 SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona.
- On 24 August, he finished 8th overall in the 15.2 km Saguaro Lake stage swim of the 4-day SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:36:50.3.
- On 25 August, he finished 14th in the 14.4 km Canyon Lake stage swim of the 4-day SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:25:05.1.
- On 26 April 2019, he finished 14th in the 27.3 km stage across Apache Lake on Day 3 of the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona in 6:41:31.4 at the age of 46.
- On 26 April 2019, he finished 7th in the 10 km stage across Roosevelt Lake on Day 4 of the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:06:16.5 at the age of 46.
- On 12-15 September 2019, he will compete in the 2019 ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Swim Challenge, a 3-day 3-stage ocean channel swim in Hawaii where swimmers swim across 3 Hawaiian channels in 3 days.
- On 31 August 2019, he finished 5th in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York City in 7 hours 18 minutes 22 seconds at the age of 46.
- On 8 August 2020, he completed a 27.3 km crossing of the Kaulakahi Channel from Kauai to Niihau in 12 hours 38 minutes.
List of open water races (distance 5000m or more):
- 2009 Waikiki Double Roughwater, aka Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 22 out of 35; Official Time 2:05:53
- 2010 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 20 out of 41; 2:16:27
- 2011 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 17 out of 44; 2:15:38
- 2012 2XU Pier to Pier Invitational, Hong Kong SAR, China
- 2012 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 13 out of 38; 2:04:30
- 2013 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 15 out of 44; 2:00:31
- 2014 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 9 out of 44; 1:48:15
- 2015 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 8th overall on Day One at the 4-day stage swim in Saguaro Lake, a 9.5-mile (15.2 km) course at 1529-feet (466m) elevation
- 2015 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 7th overall on Day Two in Canyon Lake, Distance 15 km
- 2015 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 9th place on Day Four in Roosevelt Lake, Distance 10 km
- 2016 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 8th overall out of 40 on Day One in Saguaro Lake
- 2016 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 11th overall out of 40 on Day Two in Canyon Lake
- 2016 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 16th place on Day Four in Roosevelt Lake, Distance 10 km
- 2016 28th Annual Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf, Kalamata, Greece; Distance 30 km; 6th overall out of 16; 9:55:00
- 2016 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 11 out of 35; 2:06:00
- 2017 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 8th out of 40 on Day One in Saguaro Lake 15.2 km in 3:30:57
- 2017 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 12th out of 41 on Day Two in Canyon Lake 15 km in 3:44:14
- 2017 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 8th out of ** on Day Four in Roosevelt Lake, 10 km in 2:58:49
- 2017 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 13 out of 37; 1:50:00
- 2018 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 11th out of 50 on Day One in Saguaro Lake 15.2 km in 3:35:37
- 2018 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 9th out of 48 on Day Three in Apache Lake 27.3 km in 6:11:42
- 2018 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 10th out of 50 on Day Four in Roosevelt Lake, 10 km in 3:13:13
- 2018 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim He completed all 7 stage swims of the 120-mile swim in New York between 19-26 June 2018 finishing in 42 hours 45 minutes 6 seconds to become the 21st person in history to complete all 7 stages consecutively:
- Stage 1. The Islands — Rip Van Winkle Br. to Kingston Rhinecliff Br. 18.3 miles in 5:28:41
- Stage 2. The Lighthouses — Kingston Rhinecliff Br. to Mid-Hudson Br. 19.8 miles in 7:12:21
- Stage 3. The Hudson Valley — Mid-Hudson Br. to Newburgh Beacon Br. 13.2 miles in 4:38:27
- Stage 4. The Highlands — Newburgh Beacon Br. to Bear Mountain Br. 15 miles in 5:15:31
- Stage 5. The Great Bays — Bear Mountain Br. to Tappan Zee Br. 19.8 miles in 9:30:09
- Stage 6. The Palisades — Tappan Zee Br. to George Washington Br. 15.7 miles in 3:56:42
- Stage 7. Liberty — George Washington Br. to Verrazano Narrows Br. 18.6 miles in 6:43:15
- 2018 Waikiki Double Roughwater, Honolulu, Hawaii; Placed 11 out of 38; 1:54:00
- 2019 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 8th on Day One in Saguaro Lake 15.2 km in 3:36
- 2019 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 14th on Day Two in Canyon Lake 15 km in 3:25
- 2019 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 14th on Day Three in Apache Lake 27.3 km in 6:41
- 2019 S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge, 7th on Day Four in Roosevelt Lake 10 km in 3:06 and 9th overall for the whole series.
- 2019 Became the 4th person to complete the Triple Crown of Stage Swims
- 2019 20 Bridges, 5th overall, 7 hours 18 minutes
- He finished 7th in the 10 km North Shore Challenge marathon swim on Oahu on 7 September 2019 at the age of 46.
List of channel crossings
- 2011 4 September Auau Channel from Maui to Lanai, Hawaii
- 2012 4 February Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai, Hawaii
- 2012 12 May Kalohi Channel from Molokai to Lanai, Hawaii
- 2013 30 November Pailolo Channel double crossing from Maui to Molokai to Maui, Hawaii; 30.6 km; 11:10
- 2014 19 January Auau Channel double crossing from Lanai to Maui to Lanai, Hawaii; 10:33
- 2014 28 July Strait of Gibraltar from Spain (Tarifa) to Morocco (El Vaar); 17.7 km; 4:01:50
- 2014 1 October Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island (California) to San Pedro (California); 35 km; 10:01:26
- 2015 31 March Cook Strait from South to North (New Zealand); DNF due to hypothermia; 19 km completed; 5:23:00
- 2017 21 October Auau Channel from Maui to Lanai, Hawaii; 5:55:00
- 2017 22 October Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai, Hawaii; 5:28:00
- 2017 23 October Kalohi Channel from Lanai to Molokai, Hawaii; 5:21:00
- 2018 7 September Auau Channel from Maui to Lanai, Hawaii; 6:06:00
- 2018 8 September Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai, Hawaii; 5:52:00
- 2018 9 September Kalohi Channel from Lanai to Molokai, Hawaii; 5:34:00
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 an Associate Editor for the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society. His regular series Journal Club and Podcasts appear monthly among the journal’s many online collections. 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, The American Journal of 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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