Dr. Diane Nugent

Dr. Diane Nugent is the Division Chief of CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology.

Committed to serving the pediatric community, the CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians and treatment team provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for hematologic diseases. Care is based on the whole-child/family approach and provided within an atmosphere of compassion and support.
The most highly advanced care is available for all forms of congenital or acquired blood and bone marrow disorders:
Family Support and At-Home Care

To help patients and parents become more autonomous in disease management, extensive education is provided. A home healthcare program is also available so that, whenever possible, children may be at home with their families.

Regionally Recognized for Clinical Excellence : CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians are board certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists. They provide medical direction for the inpatient and outpatient hematology services provided at CHOC and CHOC at Mission. They also direct the CHOC Hemostasis/Thrombosis Program and the Blood and Apheresis Center.
CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians are part of the multidisciplinary physician team serving the CHOC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Inpatient services are complemented by the multidisciplinary care provided by other pediatric subspecialists, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, clinical dietitians, child psychologists and social workers at CHOC.
Internationally Recognized for Immune, Autoimmune and Inflammation Research

CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians play an integral role in the CHOC Immunology and Inflammation Research Consortium, collaborating with colleagues at Stanford University, Scripps Research Institute and the University of California campuses at Davis, San Diego and San Francisco. They have examined the role of genetic background and immune function in several large-scale research studies, to help identify children predisposed to damage from an overactive inflammatory response, autoimmune disease or immune deficiency.

Their efforts have resulted in world recognition and awards from several prestigious organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Maternal and Child Health and Development Bureau, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Arthritis Foundation.
CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians also participate in clinical research with pharmaceutical companies, providing patients with access to the latest medications and treatment available.



Dr. David Buchbinder featured in KABC news story regarding bone marrow need for baby’s rare autoimmune disease


Dr. Diane Nugent honored with 2011 CalOptima Circle of Care Award


CHOC Children’s Specialists Hosts Successful 8th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium


Dr. Diane Nugent lays foundation for recent FDA approval of Factor XIII to treat potentially fatal bleeding disorder




Interview with Dr. Diane Nugent, Medical Director of CHOC Hematology and Blood & Donor Services and CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Hematology|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmu6pr0cjrU
Dr. Diane Nugent discusses the importance of research for our children|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jW-uX6_UPk
In this segment from American Health Journal, Dr. Diane Nugent talks about pediatric hemophilia|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wePWEI06zgQ



Orange County American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 4



American Society of Hematology