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Huynh, Van – M.D.

Van Huynh, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialist in Oncology, board certified in General Pediatrics and board eligible in Hematology and Oncology. Her clinical interests include childhood leukemia, kidney tumors and cancer epidemiology. The specialty procedures she performs are bone marrow aspirants/biopsy, lumbar puncture for intrathecal chemotherapy and consious sedation.

 

Dr. Huynh served her fellowship at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California and completed her pediatric residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California. She attended medical school at UC Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, California.

Dr. Huynh’s philosophy of practice is to provide the highest quality of medical care to her patients in an honest, supportive and compassionate manner. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society for Bone Marrow Transplant (ASBMT). Dr. Huynh speaks fluent Vietnamese and medical Spanish.

 

Dr. Huynh’s favorite aspect of the physician-patient relationship is “Establishing trust from the patient and their families, so that I can share the burden of their illness and help them through the journey from diagnosis, to treatment, to long term care.”

Wang, Tommy – MD (UCI)

Tommy Wang, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist, board certified in Pediatrics. He serves as assistant clinical professor and the program director for the UC Irvine/CHOC pediatric residency program. Dr. Wang completed his pediatric residency which included a chief residency at UC Irvine, California.

Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate training at UC Berkeley. Before going to medical school at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, he worked at NASA studying gravitation effects on physiology.

 

Publications

Dr. Tommy Wang Publications

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Wang TJ and Wade CE. Renal function of rats in response to 37 days of head-down tilt. J Gravit Physiol (Vol. 8, No. 2, Dec 2001, pp. 85-9).

Wang TJ and Wade CE. Effects of hindlimb suspension and elevated ambient CO2 on rat growth and renal function. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 71, No. 6, Jun 2000, pp. 610-618).

Wang TJ, Ortiz RM, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Influence of altered mass loading on testosterone excretion and testicular mass. FASEB J 1997; 11(3):A30 (FASEB 97 Poster presentation: Scholander award session)

Wang TJ, Lang KC, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Effects of elevated ambient CO2 on well-being, growth and renal function of hindlimb suspended rats. FASEB J 1996; 10(3):A574. (FASEB 96 Slide presentation)

Wade CE, Wang TJ, Lang KC, Corbin BJ, and Steele MK. Rat growth, body composition, and renal function during 30 days increased ambient CO2 exposure. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 71, No. 6, Jun 2000, pp. 599-609).

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Wade CE. Urea and osmotic excretion in rats exposed to chronic centrifugation. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 70, No. 11, Nov 1999 pp. 1089-1095).

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Wade CE. Influence of centrifugation and hindlimb suspension on testosterone and corticosterone excretion in rats. Aviat Space Environ Med (Vol. 70, No. 5, May 1999 pp. 499-504).

Linderman JK, Whittall JB, Gosselink KL, Wang TJ, Mukku VR, Booth FW, Grindeland RE. Stimulation of myofibrillar protein synthesis in hindlimb suspended rats by resistance exercise and growth hormone. Life Sciences (Vol. 57, No. 8, 1995 pp. 755-762).

Lang KC, Wang TJ, Alexander RA, Corbin BJ, Vasques MF, Steele MK, Wade CE. Effects of 30 days of elevated ambient CO2 on acid-base homeostasis and renal handling of calcium in male rats. FASEB J 1996; 10(3):A657. (FASEB 96 Poster presentation)

Ortiz RM, Wang TJ, Corbin BJ, Wade CE. Renal response to chronic centrifugation in rats. FASEB J 1997; 11(3):A86 (FASEB 97 Poster presentation)

Linderman JK, Gosselink KL, Wang TJ, Mukku VR, Grindeland RE. Interaction of mechanical load with growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) on slow-twitch skeletal muscle and bone. ASGSB Bulletin 8(1) p. 63 October, 1994. (ASGSB 94 Slide presentation)

Linderman JK, Wang TJ, Bigbee AJ, Gosselink KL, Grindeland RE. Time course of changes in plantar flexor muscles, tibial plate thickness, and growth hormone during 28 days of hindlimb suspension. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1995; 27(5): S250. (ACSM May 95 Poster presentation in Minneapolis)

Navidi M, Moran M, Wang T, Milbury P, Arnaud SB. Comparison of bone mineral in rats with weight gain reduced by diet restriction or skeletal unloading. Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin 11(1) p. 64 November, 1997. (ASGSB 97 Poster presentation)

 

Physician’s Profile

CHOC Children’s named a 2011 “Most Trustworthy Brand” in Second Annual Orange County Survey

CHOC Children’s has been voted a “Most Trustworthy Brand” by Orange County residents. The designation is the result of a six-month research effort designed to determine not only the most trustworthy brands based in, or with a strong presence in Orange County but also the reasons why these specific products and services hold the public’s trust more than others.

 

Due to an overwhelming increase in 2011 survey participants, this year’s list of most trusted brands was expanded to 16.

 

CHOC Children’s, and the 15 other top 2011 Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition™ survey finalists, were honored at the Second Annual Orange County Trust Summit, on June 9 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. Finbarr O’Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates presented the keynote address, “The Sustaining Power of Trust: Why it’s the Key to Growing Your Business.”

 

Organized jointly by the Values Institute at DGWB and OC METRO, the 20-question Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition™ online survey is based on a proprietary research initiative developed at DGWB. The complete list and a profile of each honored brand is published in the June 2011 issue of Newport Beach-based OC METRO magazine and online at ocmetro.com. A national brand trustworthiness study also is in the works.

 

Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition grew out of DGWB’s values-based research programs conducted for many of its clients. In 2009, the Santa Ana, Calif., agency founded The Values Institute at DGWB, an independent think tank, to develop the survey and other tools for helping companies, nonprofits and other groups build long-term relationships with their constituents based on common shared values and socially responsible behavior.

 

Founded by Weisman and Chesley Beaver, the agency’s former director of strategic planning who is now a sociologist and demographer, the Values Institute is tasked with furthering the study of relationships by partnering with leaders at academic, nonprofit and for-profit organizations involved in value-based marketing and social entrepreneurialism.

 

2011 Most Trusted Brands: Orange County Edition measures the five trust-related variables of concern, sincerity, identification, consistency/reliability and ability or competence. Through statistical regression analysis, a weighted average of each brand is created, and those Orange County brands with the highest cumulative scores are included on the list. The brands are not ranked.

 

The Values Institute selected OC METRO, Orange County’s only business magazine, as its media partner for the initiative. OC METRO’s total audience of more than 300,000 was targeted for the survey in a six-month campaign that spanned the niche media company’s multiple platforms.

 

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2011-2012), CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

 

CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

 

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

 

choc.org pressroom link

 

Dr. Gurpreet Ahuja receives NIH Grant to Study Neonatal Subglottic Stenosis and Edema

CHOC Children’s pediatric otolaryngologist Gurpreet Ahuja, M.D., is the clinical coinvestigator on a team led by Brian Wong, M.D., a University of California, Irvine, otolaryngologist, that is the recipient of a five-year, $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the effectiveness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in monitoring the neonatal airway and diagnosing changes that may lead to subglottic stenosis.

 

Dr. Ahuja, who will lead the clinical end of this research study, has collaborated with Dr. Wong in conducting similar OCT studies at UC Irvine, in recent years. The researchers hope that findings from this latest study will ultimately result in a modality that eliminates the need to repeatedly extubate and reintubate ventilatordependent neonates.

 

This close collaboration between the clinicians at CHOC and the researchers and scientists at UC Irvine is the most exciting example to date of the synergies between the two affiliates that are expected to further the health and well-being of children in Southern California.

 

OCT utilizes near-infrared interferometry to produce cross-sectional images of living tissue of near-histologic quality, with a resolution in excess of 10-mcm and to depths of nearly 2 mm. This non-invasive optical imaging technique can distinguish epithelium from underlying tissue microstructures, providing information that is considerably superior to current MRI, CT or ultrasound capabilities.

 

During the first phase of the five-year study, Dr. Ahuja will work with UC Irvine researchers to develop a more advanced optic probe that may be passed through an endotracheal tube to image the neonatal airway. The second phase involves the use of OCT imaging on rabbit models, after which morphology results will be compared with histological data.

 

The final phase will take place at CHOC and at UC Irvine, where Dr. Ahuja and his team will perform transendotracheal tube OCT imaging on 200 intubated neonates. They will then attempt to correlate the morphologic and structural information obtained from OCT with physiologic and functional variables such as the neonate’s gestational age, weight and number of failed extubations.

 

From this study, the team intends to better define the potential role of OCT in monitoring progression of pathophysiologic changes during intubation, and understanding of the in vivo growth and development of the neonatal airway, thereby attempting to identify a better way to predict successful airway extubation.

 

“Our hope is that the application of OCT becomes ubiquitous in NICUs, so that reconstructive surgeries for subglottic stenosis caused by prolonged or repeated intubations may be avoided,” Dr. Ahuja said.

 

choc.org pressroom link

 

Dr. Paul Lubinsky receives the “Simply the Best” Award for “Partner in Excellence”

CHOC Children’s Specialists congratulates Dr. Paul Lubinsky for receiving the “Simply the Best” award for “Partner in Excellence.” This award is given to a physician who demonstrates exemplary nurse/physician partnerships. This physician respectfully engages all disciplines and the patient/family in the plan of care. (Magnet Exemplary Professional Practice).

 

Dr. Lubinsky was nominated for the honor he was deservedly awarded by several PICU team members. The award was presented at the Joint Leadership Committee meeting on Thursday, May 5th.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang & Dr. Anjan Batra Honored by the Orange County Board of Education for LEAPS

CHOC Children’s Specialists congratulates Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Ajan Bantra on being recognized by the Orange County Board of Education for their integral role in leading the Life Threatening Events Associated with Pediatric Sports (LEAPS) effort. LEAPS unites various stakeholders to address cardiac concerns in children through specific events and conferences.

 

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Lusk, Jennifer – MD

Jennifer Lusk, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist physician and is board certified in General Pediatrics. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C. She completed her pediatric training residency which included a chief residency at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California.

 

Dr. Green’s clinical interests include infectious diseases and especially typhus. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA). Dr. Green speaks fluent English and Spanish.

 

Dr. Green’s philosophy of care is “To provide excellent, broad-spectrum, family-centered care to children while also training the next generation of pediatrics”.

 

Hoy, Zachary – M.D.

Dr. Zachary Hoy, M.D. serves as both a CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist and Rheumatologist. He completed his residency training program at CHOC Children’s, Orange, California. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Dr. Hoy is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He speaks fluent medical and conversational Spanish.

 

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Annual Walk Orange County 2011 – Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Come and join the PSF GI Division, Administration and Patient Access Staff for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Annual Walk Orange County 2011 on the afternoon of June 26th to Take Steps and Be Heard!

 

Team Name: “We Got Guts”

 

This year, our team will be walking in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk. Take Steps is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration and the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Together we will Take Steps towards a cure through support of vital research and we will Be Heard by raising awareness and bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis!

 

Registration begins at 4:00pm, come and enjoy live bands, food, the kids zone, and informational booths. The walk will begin at 5:00pm and is approximately 2 miles, which will wind you through the beautiful UC Irvine campus. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging them to make noise and be heard.

 

Your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. This cause is very important to us and I appreciate your help as we fight for a cure! In addition to donating, you can join us at the event as a member of our team. There will be food, music and kid’s activities. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.

 

Please join our team or donate to our efforts to support CCFA in finding a cure!

 

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Date: Sunday June 26th, 2011
Location: Aldrich Park on the Campus of UC Irvine
Time: Check-in/Registration Begins at 4:00pm

 

Take Steps Be Heard
www.ccfa.org

 

”We Got Guts” Team Registration
www.choc.org/events

 

Dr. David Sami provides training and participates in panel discussion on Sports Eye Injuries in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. David Sami, CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Ophthalmology, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on Sports Eye Injuries in the youth athlete.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Mary Zupanc discusses Post-Concussive Syndrome in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Mary Zupanc, Director of the CHOC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Child Neurology, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on Post-Concussive Syndrome in the youth athlete.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Joshua Gibbs discusses Asthma in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Joshua Gibbs, PSF Allergist and Clinical Immunologist, provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on asthma in the youth athlete covering prevalence, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic testing and treatment.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Anjan Batra discuss Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC

This conference was designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Attendees were given the opportunity to discuss a variety of youth sports medicine topics with expert faculty through didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang, Medical Director of the CHOC Heart Institue and the CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Cardiology provided instruction and participated in panel discussion on screening and treatment strategies in combating sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

 

Dr. Anjan Batra, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at the CHOC Heart Institute, PSF Cardiologist and Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, UC Irivine, addressed the usage of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in schools and participated in panel discussion.

 

By participating in this continuing medical education program, attendees are now able to:

 

– Identify the components of a Pre-Participation Exam (PPE) prior to athletic participation.
– Identify patients with family history who are potentially at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
– Discuss the role of neuropsychological evaluation in concussion management.
– Improve adherence to recent guidelines for concussion management.
– Recognize when to make recommendations for sports clearance and when to refer.
– Integrate discussions of nutrition and supplement use into patient visits during PPEs.
– Identify management strategies for handling the athlete with asthma.
– Increase the ability to evacuate, diagnose , and manage common sports injuries.

 

CHOCPSF congratulates all the speakers, organizers and attendees for a successful conference which provided life-saving advice for our youth athletes to professionals in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

PADRE Foundation Honors Dr. Susan Clark with the 2011 Cathie & John Haretakis Award at the annual PADRE Fashion Show

 

The PADRE Foundation is pleased to present the 2011 Cathie & John Haretakis Award to Dr. Susan Clark for her care, compassion, dedication and never-ending devotion to those children and their families living with Type 1 Diabetes.

 

For over a decade she has given unselfishly of her time, talent and personal will to help change the lives of countless individuals coping with this disease.

 

Dr. Susan Clark is the Medical Director of Endocrinology at CHOC, PSF Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, and Medical Advisor on the PADRE Board of Directors and has been a vital part of our success.

 

We are forever in your debt for giving us the ability to believe and defy the limits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Padre Foundation will always be indebted to Cathie Haretakis for starting the tradition of the PADRE Fashion Show. We would like to acknowledge the vision and determination of Cathie & John Haretakis and their generosity in the founding of the PADRE Foundation in 1985.

 

A small sparkle of an idea that started with their daughter Nikolina’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes has grown into a galaxy of diabetes education programs, family support and research for new treatments and ultimately a cure for this chronic and lifelong condition.

 

Thank you John for the developing the PADRE Board of Directors. Our heartfelt thanks to both of you for sparking the spirit of philanthropy and encouraging others to find their passion and support our kids.

 

Together with a small group of dedication individuals you both have made a difference in the world for children with diabetes. We will continue to recognize the extraordinary individuals and organizations at our annual PADRE Fashion Show with an award bearing your names.

 

With Honor and Respect from thousands of PADRE Families.
May 2011

 

 

 

 

The PADRE Foundation (Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) plays a critical role in the education and support of children with diabetes and their families.

 

Each year the PADRE Foundation hosts an annual fashion show as a fundraiser highlighting the children of PADRE performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. The fashion show provides positive psychosocial support for children and their families while raising the funds necessary to support our educational programs.

 

For the past 25 years, the PADRE Foundation has been dedicated to helping children from birth to age 21 understand and manage their Type 1 diabetes. PADRE serves more than 2,500 families of all backgrounds in Southern California while partnering with CHOC Children’s and CHOC at Mission Hospital.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show

www.padrefashionshow.org

 

 

 

 

New U.S. News & World Report Study Ranks CHOC Children’s Among Nation’s Top Pediatric Facilities

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) has been ranked in eight specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, now available online at:
www. usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

 

With more than 200 children’s hospitals in the nation, these top rankings place CHOC Children’s among an elite group.

 

Specifically, CHOC Children’s ranked 28th in cancer; 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology; 44th in gastroenterology; 39th in neonatology; 41st in neurology and neurosurgery; 45th in orthopedics; 43rd in pulmonology; and 48th in urology.

 

“We salute CHOC Children’s,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and CHOC Children’s is one of those centers.”

 

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

 

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the nearly 180 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

 

For the full rankings and methodology, visit.

 

www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals

 

CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

 

Dedicated to the highest performance standards, CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest nursing honor bestowed to hospitals. Recognized for an extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Excellence.

 

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

 

choc.org pressroom link

 

Perugu, Sirisha – M.D.

Perugu, Sirisha

 

Full Physician Profile

 

Sirisha Perugu, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Neonatologist and is board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She completed her residency training at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan. She served her fellowship in Neonatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California and CHOC Children’s, Orange, California. She attended medical school at Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India.

 

Dr. Perugu’s clinical interest is neonatal cardiovascular physiology and palliative care. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr Perugu speaks fluent Telugu and Hindi.

 

Dr. Perugu has a strong commitment to excellence. Her favorite aspect of the physician-patient relationship is being an advocate for the patient’s best interest and supporting families.

Gorodetski, Svetlana – MD

Svetlana Gorodetski, M.D. is a Hospitalist with CHOC Children’s Specialists and board certified in General Pediatrics. She attended medical school at the Academy of Medicine, Moscow, Russia and UC Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, California, where she also completed her residency training.

 

Dr. Gorodetski’s research includes pediatric palliative care, treatment of Rhabdomyosarcoma and the process of bone marrow purging for children diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Dr. Gorodetski speaks fluent Russian.

 

 

 

 

Publications

 

1. Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., History of Development of the Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Patients, Journal of Hematology/Oncology, 2005, no. 2, vol. 4, pages 40_ 48.

 

2. Bialik M. MD/PhD, Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., Pediatric Palliative Care Initiative for Russia, NHPCO’s First National Conference on Pediatric and Hospice Care, November 2004.

 

3. Bialik M. MD/PhD, Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., Let’s Talk about the Terms: Introduction into the Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, 2004, no. 4, pages 98_102.

 

4. Boukhny A MD/PhD, Volokh S., Zheludkova 0. MD, Treatment of Extracranial Metastases of Medulloblastoma in Children, The Seventh Annual International Congress “Man and Medicine”, Moscow, Russia, November 2000, page 182.

 

5. Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., About Extracranial Bones Metastases in Children with Medulloblastoma, The Second International Symposium of Pediatric Diagnostic and lnterventional Radiology, Moscow, Russia, September 1999. Published in the journal Topics in Oncology/Hematology and Immunopathology, 2005, no. 3-4. vol. 4, pages 64_71.

 

6. Boukhny A. MD/PhD, Volokh S., Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting in Children with Meudulloblastoma as a Risk Factor for Extracranial Metastases, 3rd International Symposium “Modern Technological Inventions in Medicine”, Moscow, November 23-24, 2000, page 84.

 

CHOC PSF Congratulates Dr. Ira T. Lott on his selection for the Developmental Biology Study Section for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH/NICHD

Dr. Ira T. Lott has been invited to be a member of the Developmental Biology Study Section for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH/NICHD to serve a term between 2011-2015.

 

Dr. Lott’s PSF Physician Page

 

 

Hyundai presents $10 million gift, largest corporate donation in CHOC Children’s history, to Dr. Leonard Sender for groundbreaking pediatric cancer research

The $10 million gift from Hyundai Motor America will fund groundbreaking pediatric cancer research, using the latest advances in genomic medicine to provide more effective, individualized treatment for children afflicted with this disease. CHOC Children’s is recognizing this gift by naming their Cancer Institute the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.

 

OC Register Article Link and Photos:
CHOC gets $10 million for pediatric cancer

 

10th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament – Monday, June 20th, 2011

 

Brochure Download:
10th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament

 

Location:

 

Yorba Linda Country Club
19400 E. Mountain View Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

 

Schedule of Events:
9:00 am to 11:00 am Registration & Breakfast
11:00 am Shotgun Start
3:30pm to 4:30 pm Cocktails
4:30 pm Awards Banquet

 

Please RSVP by April 29th, 2011 to Mary Hanson at 714.532.7973
or via email mhanson@choc. to reserve your tee time.

 


Dress Code:
Appropriate Golf Attire Required – Soft Spikes ONLY
No denim allowed – Collared Shirts Required

 

CHOC Children’s Launches Campaign to Fulfill Destiny of the Hospital

While many Orange County families may not see the national awards for excellence that CHOC Children’s consistently earns, they experience firsthand the world-class care it provides. But in order to sustain its performance as a premier children’s hospital, in keeping with advances in medicine and the region’s growing needs, CHOC is taking bold action for transformative change.

 

Orange County has grown robustly since 1964, when CHOC Children’s first opened its doors. As the county swelled, more and more families turned to CHOC, developing it into the hub of a regional pediatric healthcare system, responsible for two million children—more than the child population in any one of 39 states.

 

Now, market and mission demands are pushing this invaluable local asset to grow and pulling it toward its destiny: to become a sustainable, world-class children’s hospital that stretches the limits of possibility for nurturing and protecting the health of children.

 

This is why CHOC has launched the Change CHOC, Change the World campaign—and why it is turning to you for help in reaching its potential. To meet CHOC’s social responsibility to children and the families of this community, the campaign is comprised of three initiatives that are its focus for the next fi ve years—build a state-of-the-art facility; build a signifi cant endowment; and build an affi liation with an academic medical center.

 

The campaign is already hard at work. Achieving and sustaining the greatness of a premier children’s hospital requires scale. For this reason, CHOC is building a modern tower that will enable it to provide high-quality care and grow well into the future. Beyond improving infrastructure and creating pediatric surgical suites, an emergency department, and radiology and pathology departments, the tower will bring peace of mind and hope to children and families.

 

CHOC is also working to build a signifi cant endowment to enable it to better attract top pediatric subspecialty doctors. All of the top children’s hospitals became great by building endowments that fund talented doctors, and drive research and clinical breakthroughs.

 

Such breakthroughs at CHOC will improve the lives of children locally, nationally, and globally for generations to come.

 

The best children’s hospitals also have affi liations with leading universities and their medical schools. That is why CHOC and UC Irvine have struck an affi liation agreement that integrates comprehensive clinical care with leading-edge research and world-class teaching programs. The affi liation will help CHOC recruit the best and brightest physicians and improve the region’s pediatric care.

 

The campaign represents a critical opportunity for all of us to make a collective statement about what we want for our children. The evolution of CHOC is a defining, foundational element of the culture of this county that says, “We believe it’s critical for Orange County to be one of the safest and healthiest places for children in the country.” With the campaign, CHOC is taking large, necessary steps to make this a reality.

Pacer’s Story


CHOC patient Pacer was only able to eat 5% of his nutrition by mouth and had been fed by a feeding tube for most of his life. A group of dedicated professionals led by Dr. Mitchell Katz, Medical Director of the CHOC Gastroenterology & Nutrition Program all worked together so one little boy could learn to eat. For the first time in 3 years, Pacer now receives all of his nutrition by mouth.

 

“We feel so blessed to have gotten to know all of you. THANK YOU for blessing our lives with your compassion and kindness! We are sending a little video below as a small way of saying thank you to each of you for the impact you have each had on Pacer’s life.”
– Pacer’s Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryen’s Story

According to Ryen’s parents Amanda and Clint, when Ryen was just a few days old he was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is too small to effectively pump blood to the body.

 


Within days, Ryen underwent the first of three surgeries to correct the defect in his heart. To keep him nourished, doctors inserted a nasogastric tube, or NG-tube, through his nose and down his throat. Some children tolerate an NG-tube well; others do not. Unfortunately for Ryen, in his case it was the latter.

 

“The NG-tube was really difficult to manage; it caused Ryen’s gag reflex to be so strong he would throw up, and when he threw up, the entire NG-tube came up with it. Then Amanda and I would have to put it back in ourselves. Soon after Ryen underwent his second surgery at four months, doctors removed the NG-tube and inserted a gastric feeding tube (G-tube) instead,” Clint recalls.

 

“The G-tube worked fine for a few years, but we knew we had to wean Ryen off of it. We tried group therapy, one-on-one therapy, and working with Ryen ourselves. At this point, he basically associated food with pure fear,” Clint explains.

 

“Then, my wife Amanda found out about the inpatient Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). At that time, Ryen was occasionally sticking food in his mouth and sucking on it. The only time he would actually eat anything was if it dissolved in his mouth, like a Teddy Graham,” Clint says.

 

Last summer, Ryen, along with his father, was admitted to CHOC as part of a three-week inpatient feeding program designed to wean him off his G-tube and teach him how to eat. During Ryen’s stay, he was closely watched by the CHOC Feeding team, who slowly decreased his tube feedings. Even on his first night in the hospital, Ryen’s daily formula was cut from 32 ounces to just 10. The objective was to get Ryen to eat 1,200 calories by mouth each day.

 

During treatment, Ryen had a tight schedule to meet, beginning with a daily weigh-in at 7:30 a.m. According to Amanda, “we would throw our breakfast into a little red wagon and head down to therapy, where we would work with the feeding team on breakfast.”

 

As part of his therapy, Ryen was presented with several items designed to encourage good eating habits, including a timer to show him how much time he had left to eat, a chart to place the stickers he was awarded for the bites he ate, and juice or milk to help supplement his calorie intake. By the end of his inpatient therapy, Ryen was eating solid food. “The progress Ryen made was tremendous, but we still have to motivate him to eat,” Clint explains. “When most of us are hungry, our body tells us to eat. With Ryen, he has a few bites and he’s done; he is not naturally motivated to keep eating.”

 

Today, Ryen is completely off of his G-tube. “This is a day we were beginning to think would never happen,” Amanda says. “Ryen still has a long way to go to be eating like every other kid, but it’s amazing to think that last year he was completely dependent on his feeding tube.”

 

“We owe a special thanks to the Feeding team at CHOC,” Amanda says. “Without them, Ryen would still be struggling to take a bite, and we would still be mixing formula every few days, wondering how Ryen would ever make it through school on a G-tube.”

Paint the Way to Miracles & MagicSaturday, June 18th, 2011

CHOC Children’s and the Downtown Disney® District would like to invite all young artists to participate in an exclusive and rare opportunity. Children will be able to hand paint a custom tile that will be installed in a beautiful, lighted display in Downtown Disney®. These original hand painted tiles will be prominently displayed on the walkway between the Disneyland Hotel and the Downtown Disney® District. You, your family and friends will be able to view the artwork any time you visit the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney.

 

Please join us on Saturday, June 18, 2011, in the Downtown Disney® District where children will “Paint The Way To Miracles & Magic.” This fun filled CHOC Children’s fundraiser is limited to only 192 tiles, so act now by reserving your tile or tiles today.

 

The tile painting schedule for the day will be divided into six sessions. You may choose the time of day from the painting schedule posted below. The first session will start at 9:00 a.m. with the last session beginning at 2:00 p.m. Each painting session will accommodate 32 children. Parents, Grandparents, relatives and friends may accompany their children and will be able to view the children painting. When each session is over, all of the fun and magic of the District awaits you.

 

The cost per child is $50.00, all tiles become property of the Downtown Disney® District. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 15, and accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the 21st Annual CHOC Walk in the Park on October 16th, 2011.

 

The event will be located in the festival area of Downtown Disney® in front of the AMC 12 Movie Theaters.

 

Tile Painting Sessions:

 

9:00 a. m. – 9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 

(times may be adjusted but all painters will be notified if this occurs)

 

Session Cost: $50.00

 

For more information and session purchase info, please visit:

 

Paint the Way to Miracles & Magic
www.choc.org/events

 

 

Otolaryngology (Head and Neck)

Expertise, integrity and professionalism. These are the attributes that form the foundation of the Otolaryngology Division of CHOC Children’s Specialists.

The CHOC CS Otolaryngology Division is the only group in Orange County that is exclusively dedicated to pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders. The division’s highly acclaimed surgeons are all board-certified and have received pediatric fellowship training at some of the top institutions in the country.

Our surgeons are completely dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive medical and surgical care for ENT problems in children of all ages—from newborns to teens—while fostering a trusting and professional relationship with our patients and their families. The division is fully committed to providing state-of-the-art treatment options for routine as well as complex pediatric ear, nose and throat/head and neck disorders.

Our surgeons actively participate in a variety of CHOC Children’s multidisciplinary clinics, consistent with CHOC’s commitment to providing the finest care to all Orange County children. Known for their vast expertise, our physicians specialize in the areas of expertise: common management of tonsil and adenoid disorders, recurrent ear infections, management of pediatric sinus disease, complex airway disorders, surgical management of head and neck masses and birth defects, cleft lip and palate defects, gastroesophageal reflux-related ENT issues, voice and speech problems, and surgical management of hearing loss.

Specialties

  • Intracapsular tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy
  • Cochlear implants and BAHAs
  • Congenital and acquired masses of the head and neck
  • Surgical management of voice and swallowing disorders
  • Surgery for sleep apnea
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Sinus disease
  • Pediatric thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Vascular and lymphatic malformations

Morchi, Gira – MD

Gira Morchi, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Morchi is a trained Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics at UC Irvine.

 

Dr. Morchi completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island and went on to complete her fellowship program in pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. During her fellowship training, Dr. Morchi participated in the Tenwek Hospital Cardiac Screening Program in East Africa and served on a clinical rotation in Bangalore, India at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology practice office moving – Monday, August 1st, 2011

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

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


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of Corifact™, Factor XIII Concentrate (Human), for the routine treatment of congenital factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency. Corifact is the first and only FXIII concentrate approved in the nation.

 

Congenital FXIII deficiency is a rare and potentially life-threatening inherited bleeding disorder in which blood clots are unstable, due to a lack of the FXIII protein. Consequently, patients are susceptible to recurrent bleeding, including bleeding inside the skull, which can be life threatening. Studies have shown between 25 and 60 percent of FXIII-deficient patients will experience bleeding inside the skull at least once during their lifetime. Additionally, patients can experience bleeding from the umbilical cord after birth, poor wound healing, miscarriages, subcutaneous bleeding and excessive bleeding in joints and muscles following a trauma.

 

In 1998, Dr. Nugent, CHOC Research Administration and Dr. Nugent’s clinical research team at CHOC Children’s assumed oversight of a compassionate use drug study for FXIII- deficient patients. Since that time, they have supplied treatment to more than 60 patients, and collected safety and efficacy data that helped create the foundation of evidence for the successful FDA approval.

 

“The CHOC Children’s hematology team is very proud of the role we played in treating patients with this serious disease, while collecting supporting evidence on the efficacy and safety of Corifact. It’s been an amazing opportunity for us to make such a positive impact on the lives of these patients – especially given the rarity of their condition,” says Dr. Nugent.

 

“Working with 39 performance sites for more than a decade was a logistical challenge, which was overcome by the strength of our relationships with Dr. Nugent and her cadre of committed investigators and institutions from around the country. The Research Institute is proud to have been part of this successful effort to bring this drug to the patients who need it,” states Brent Dethlefs, executive director, CHOC Children’s Research Institute.

 

Corifact, manufactured by CSL Behring, is an IV infusion administered every 28 days. Clinical studies, including those performed at CHOC, have shown that Corifact immediately increased FXIII levels in the blood. For more information, visit www.corifact.com

 

CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

 

Dedicated to the highest performance standards, CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest nursing honor bestowed to hospitals. Recognized for an extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Excellence.

 

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: dalmazan@choc.org

 

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22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show – Saturday, May 21, 2011

The PADRE Foundation (Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education) plays a critical role in the education and support of children with diabetes and their families.

 

Each year the PADRE Foundation hosts an annual fashion show as a fundraiser highlighting the children of PADRE performing and modeling in the latest fashions, compliments of Macy’s. The fashion show provides positive psychosocial support for children and their families while raising the funds necessary to support our educational programs.

 

For the past 25 years, the PADRE Foundation has been dedicated to helping children from birth to age 21 understand and manage their Type 1 diabetes. PADRE serves more than 2,500 families of all backgrounds in Southern California while partnering with CHOC Children’s and CHOC at Mission Hospital.

 

The 22nd Annual PADRE Fashion Show will be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Huntington Beach, California. Our theme, “Defying the Limits,” embodies the hope and support PADRE has provided to children and their families throughout the years.

 

Help us honor our very much loved, Dr. Susan Clark, Medical Director of Endocrinology at CHOC and PSF Chief of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, as she will be receiving the Cathie & John Haretakis Award. For over a decade she has given unselfishly of her time, talent and personal will to help change the lives of countless individuals who have been affected by diabetes. Dr. Susan Clark is the Medical Advisor on the PADRE Board of Directors and has been a vital part in our success.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

22nd Annual PADRE Foundation Fashion Show

www.padrefashionshow.org

 

 

March for Babies – Saturday, May 7th, 2011

2011 March for Babies

 

CHOC Children’s and CHOC Children’s Specialists are proud to be a part of the March for Babies event on May 7th. We care for the smallest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and are grateful for the partnership we have with the March of Dimes in helping babies enjoy healthier lives.

 

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

 

This year, more than 7 million people will join their family, friends and colleagues in 900 communities across the nation. Our volunteers and staff will encourage and support you in your efforts to raise awareness and funds. No matter if this is your first year or your 25th, you can expect the event to be fun, compelling and rewarding.

 

For more information please visit:

 

March for Babies

www.marchforbabies.com

 

CHOC Children’s Specialists Neonatology Division

www.chocpsf.com/neonatology

 

CHOC Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

www.choc.org/nicu/

 

CHOC PSF Celebrates Grateful Family Donation of $30,000 to CHOC Children’s

In December of 2010, a family received inpatient care for their child who has a metabolic disease. Dr. Richard Chang, CHOC Children’s Specialists Metabolic Disorders Specialist, and the incredible 4th floor nurses provided exceptional care to their daughter. With much gratitude, the family made a significant donation to CHOC Children’s.

 

As the CHOC Children’s Foundation continues to build a grateful families program, we wish to celebrate with the medical staff donations that are made possible because of the compassion and great care families received while patients of CHOC. Candy Hammeras and the Grateful Family Program in partnership with the medical staff are building grateful families and in return creating funding for much needed programs in the hospital. This gift is a great example of teamwork between the Foundation/Kara Kipp, Hospital Relations/Candy Hammeras, and the medical staff.

 

“CHOC’s Grateful Family Program is an opportunity for patient’s families and friends to recognize the care a loved one received by giving back to their caregivers. This program is successful when there is ongoing support, communication and education between the Foundation, Medical Staff and EMT. As a member of EMT staff, I know the importance of philanthropic support to CHOC, and specifically to your programs. As we establish a culture of philanthropy throughout CHOC – from families to physicians, we would like to take this time to celebrate the gift of $30,000 from an in-patient family directed to the 4th floor. As a result of Dr. Richard Chang’s and the 4th floor nurses’ exceptional care, the family returned to the hospital with this donation. Congratulations 4th floor!” – Dr. Maria Minon, Chief Medical Officer, CHOC Children’s

 

“This celebration celebrates the job you all performed in such a way, that a family was compelled to give back. More specifically, I would like to recognize Dr. Richard Chang, Melissa Garza and Mark Cerda. As physicians and medical staff members of CHOC, we have a role and responsibility to perform our jobs to the best of our ability but also in helping raise support for CHOC. With this responsibility, we allow grateful families the opportunity to give back and support programs that matter most to them. I look forward to celebrating many more grateful family donations with you and all the floors at CHOC!”

– Dr. Nick Anas, Medical Director of the CHOC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Critical Care

 

Please visit www.iamforchildren.com to find out how you can make a difference through CHOC Children’s Foundation today.

 

 

 

 

 

Voices of the Young Adult Cancer Advocate Movement video series produced in collaboration with Dr. Leonard Sender

PRESS RELEASE: Video PSA Campaign Launched for National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

 

Continuing Vital Options’ video series on behalf of NYACAW, produced in collaboration with Dr. Leonard Sender, CHOC Children’s Specialists Oncologist, and the AYA Program of the NCI-designated UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Southern California, these two new videos accompany the prior PSAs of Check Yourself! and Did You Know?

 

Visit www.youngadultswithcancer.org to find out more about young adults with cancer and how you can get involved with awareness efforts, learn more about other programs and initiatives of interest, find links to young adult resources, and view the videos.

 

PSF CHOC Walk Team takes 1st Place in the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park Affiliate Team Category – Raises $21,362 for CHOC Children’s Hospital

PSF CHOC Walk Team takes 1st Place in the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park Affiliate Team Category having raised $21,362 for CHOC Children’s Hospital.

 

Team PSF included over 100 CHOC Children’s Specialists physicians, associates and their family members walked in the 20th annual CHOC Walk held at Disneyland Resort on Sunday, October 17. Team PSF has been participating in this annual event since the inception of the Walk.

 

Over 15,000 men, women, and children of all ages joined together, each with their own “reasons to walk” for CHOC Children’s of Orange County (CHOC) and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

 

The Walk has long been a favorite of Orange County residents, who participate in the event to honor a child saved or remember a child lost.

 

Team PSF will participate in the 2011 walk which is scheduled for October 16, 2011.

 

Jackie Aleccia, Debra Cochran and April Andrews accepted the 1st Place Award at the 20th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Recognition Ceremony on the behalf of CHOC Children’s Specialists.

 

GREAT JOB TEAM PSF!!!

 

For more information, please visit: www.chocwalk.net

 

 

CHOC PSF Hosts Successful 8th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium

8th Annual Symposium – Sickle Cell Disease – Services for Children & Families in California

 

April 1st – 2nd, 2011 at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel

 

Dr. Nugent and the CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology Division with CHOC Children’s, were honored to host the 8th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Symposium at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel.

 

This program was designed to bring together health care providers, consumers and the general community to share information about resources available in California for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families.

 

Participating CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology Physicians: Diane Nugent, M.D. Hematology Division Chief, Geetha Puthenveetil, M.D., Amit Soni, M.D.

 

Special thanks to: Melissa Belvedere , CCS Case Mgr./Nurse Specialist, CHOC and Deborah Green, Program Director for Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California.

 

Zupanc, Mary – M.D.

Dr. Mary Zupanc is the CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Neurology, Director of the CHOC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UC Irvine. Dr. Zupanc is one of the country’s most highly regarded pediatric epileptologists. She received her MD degree at UCLA, her pediatric training at the University of Washington and her pediatric neurology training at the University of Wisconsin. Her training in epilepsy has been broad, with additional training at the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and Stanford University. She has been instrumental in the development of comprehensive pediatric epilepsy programs at Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, and NYU School of Medicine.

 

Since 2001, Dr. Zupanc has been the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Chief of the Child Neurology Division at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Zupanc is boarded in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and in Child Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is boarded in Clinical Neurophysiology by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

 

Dr. Zupanc is highly esteemed for her scholarship and contributions to the advancement of Pediatric Neurology. She has presented at numerous nationally and internationally recognized lecture series and is a much sought after speaker.

 

Among Dr. Zupanc’s many awards are those for teaching recognition and clinical care at each of the major institutions she has served. She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals, most notably the Journal of Pediatric Neurology regarding pediatric epilepsy surgery and outcomes, the efficacy of Felbamate, and infantile spasms. Dr. Zupanc is the author of 15 textbook chapters including the chapter on epilepsy surgery in the primary textbook in the field: Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Zupanc is excited to continue her scholarship at CHOC and the UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics.

 

Publications

 

Publications† link:
Dr. Mary Zupanc Publications

 

( † Disclaimer: This search is powered by Google Scholar. Google Scholar is a third-party website with no affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Orange County.)

 

Announcements

 

American Health Journal Broadcast Announcement – Mary Zupanc speaks on headaches in kids, Thursday, October 6th, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

 

Dr. Mary Zupanc discusses Post-Concussive Syndrome in Young Athletes at 1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference hosted by CHOC Children’s

 

Dr. Leonard Sender Helps Launch Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

3/24/2011 – Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of the CHOC CHildren’s Cancer Institute and Director of the Young Adult Cancer Program at the University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is adding the role of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal to his Curriculum Vitae.

 

Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute and Director of the Young Adult Cancer Program at the University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is adding the role of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal to his Curriculum Vitae. The Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed quarterly publication of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will launch in April 2011. The first issue features a roundtable discussion, “Trailblazers in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology,” with Dr. Sender as one of the subject experts.

 

“Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer presents the medical community with several unique problems. First, it requires true collaboration between pediatric and medical oncologists as the age range crosses both disciplines. Next, our AYA cancer patients not only have cancer but are also often dealing with ongoing developmental and psychosocial issues at the same time; as such, we must be aware of how a cancer diagnosis interferes with their normal development. The roundtable discussion helps put AYA cancer in perspective for those who have not yet considered the 15-39 year-old cancer patient as a distinct and relevant patient group,” explains Dr. Sender.

 

Dr. Sender is joined in the roundtable discussion by Archie Bleyer, M.D., Medical Director of Clinical Research for the St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon; Karen Albritton, M.D., Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center and University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas; Ronald Barr, MB ChB., M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and Medicine at McMaster University in Canada; and Ian Lewis, MB ChB, Professor of Cancer Research in Children and Young People at Leeds Teaching Hospital in the United Kingdom. These physicians are considered to be pioneers in the field, helping to mold and advance this area of specialization (AYA).

 

Adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39) are a distinct group of cancer patients who have not experienced the same improvements in overall survival compared to their younger and older peers. Survivorship issues, including growing concern over the unintended consequences of cancer (infertility, heart and lung damage, and metabolic problems), will be addressed in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO). Additionally, JAYAO will provide a forum for AYA cancer research and practice advances, and feature a variety of content, including peer-reviewed articles, clinical trials highlights, case studies, and advocacy efforts.

 

The CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute, in partnership with University of California, Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, has a dedicated AYA program. Under the direction of Dr. Sender, the program offers the full spectrum of services, from sophisticated clinical protocols to psychosocial services such as college and work counseling geared to the adolescent patients. At CHOC, the patient is closely managed by an integrated team of experts, who review each case and customize the care path for each patient according to his or her specific needs.The program gives adolescents access to the latest opportunities for a cure, tailoring treatment specifically to their age group. CHOC offers age-appropriate, disease-appropriate treatment in an environment that allows individuals to feel comfortable and at ease.

 

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Dr. Jose Abdenur to oversee training for UCLA Intercampus program in Biochemical Genetics

3/23/2011 – Dr. Jose Abdenur Accepts New Position of Training Director

 

Dr. Jose Abdenur, CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Metabolic Disorders, has accepted the position of genetic biochemical specialties Training Director for the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program which includes Clinical Biochemical Genetics and Medical Biochemical Genetics. He will be responsible for approving the training of the biochemical residents and fellows received at their respective campuses, as well as overseeing the trainees’ applications to the Boards. In addition, he will lead the renewal of the ACGME Medical Biochemical Genetics Accreditation Program.

 

1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference – Friday, May 20, 2011

1st Annual Sports Medicine for the Youth Athlete Conference

 

Overview: This conference is designed to provide primary care physicians, allied health professionals, and athletic trainers with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills necessary to care for their youth athletes. Didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and breakout sessions will give participants the opportunity to discuss problems with expert faculty.

 

Target Audience: Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, interested allied health professionals who care for children and adolescents, athletic trainers, and coaches.

 

Date: Friday, May 20th, 2011

 

Event Location: CHOC Children’s, 2nd Floor, CHOC West, Harold Wad Education Center

 

7:00 am – Registration/Breakfast/View the Exhibits

 

2:45 pm – Closing Remarks/Adjourn

 

For further information and to register online please visit:
https://www.choc.org/events

 

For further information, please call: 800.329.2900

 

2011 AIDS Walk Orange County – Sunday, May 1st

2011 AIDS Walk Orange County

 

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the AIDS Walk Orange County by participating or donating online. Disneyland has capped the participation at 10,000 walkers and we are ambitiously hoping to raise $1,000,000 this year.

 

Date: Sunday, May 1st, 2011

 

Event Location: Disneyland Resort, 1313 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim – (714) 520-5060

 

5:00 am – Mickey & Friends Parking Structure Open to Walkers

 

5:45 am – Limited Event Check-In Begins at Pinnochio Lot

 

6:30 am – Arrive no later than 6:30 am to give yourself time to walk the tram route to Main Street in Disneyland

 

6:45 am – Opening Ceremony at Disneyland Main Street Hub

 

7:00 am – Walk Begins (Rain or Shine)

 

7:30 am – Disneyland Gates Close; Late Arrivals Join Walk Midway Through at Disney California Adventure Park

 

8:00 am – Sponsor and Recipient Agency Booths Open

 

9:30 am – Walk Ends

 

10:00 am – Event ends

 

Online donations for UCI affiliates can be donated to Team UCIMC under the name of Duane Vajgrt.

 

To register for the walk, donate online or for more information please visit:
http://www.aidswalkorangecounty.org/

Science under the Stars – Thursday, April 7th, 2011

2011 UC Irvine School of Medicine Science under the Stars Gala and Groundbreaking event.

 

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2011

 

Event Location: UC Irvine Campus, future site of The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute (corner of California Ave./Bison Ave.)

 

5:00 p.m. Reception and silent auction5:00 p.m. Reception and silent auction

 

6:30 p.m. Formal program and Gavin Herbert Eye Institute groundbreaking

 

8:00 p.m. Entertainment by JT & California Dreamin’

 

For more information visit:
http://www.som.uci.edu/deansgala/about.asp

CHOC Charity Classic – Monday, May 16th, 2011

CHOC Charity Classic Golf Tournament

 

Join CHOC for the 1st Annual CHOC Charity Classic Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Beautiful Pellican Hill Resort in Newport Coast.

 

The CHOC Charity Classic hopes to attract the community’s philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts that care about children and the future of their care. Our inaugural tournament promises a day of world class golf, with great ocean views at one of the world’s finest golf destinations. After 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North Ocean course, participants will enjoy a short awards reception with a small live auction featuring golf packages and experiences.

 

Pelican Hill Resort
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Beach, CA 92657

 

For more information visit:
https://www.choc.org/golfclassic/

 

Inland Empire/Corona PSF Outpatient Services Now Available

PSF is proud to announce our New Outpatient Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology office location in Corona, California.

 

Office Location
260 E. Ontario Ave., Suite 204
Corona, CA 92882

 

Cardiology Appointment Hours: Alternate Wednesdays 1:00 to 5:00pm. For Appt Call: 714.221.5500

 

Gastroenterology Appointment Hours: Every Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00pm. For Appt Call: 714.532.7984

Telecommunication – The New Face of Medicine

Children’s Hospitals Today, Winter 2011

 

An interview on health care telepresence with Dr. Jason Knight, “the robot doctor” at Children’s Hospital of Orange County

 

Hoag Hospitals in both Newport Beach and Irvine, CA, have an unusual team member helping triage pediatric patients in the emergency departments: the RP-7 is a rolling robot that helps bring the telepresence of a far-off doctor into the room. >Most often, the remote doctor behind the robot is Jason Knight, M.D., medical director of transport services at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Knight is literally the face of this technology for many of the pediatric patients seen in both Hoag emergency departments. When the robot rolls into a room, the high-resolution display that is the “head” of the robot is usually a live feed of Knight wearing a welcoming smile.

 

 

Rationale for remote consulting

 

“Putting a robot at Hoag started as part of our support and commitment to the children of the nearby Newport Beach area,” Knight says. “The robot can move anywhere in the emergency department. I can use it to talk to patients, their families and emergency department physicians, and most importantly, I can look at the patient, look at the monitors, and check vital signs. I can even listen to the heart and breath sounds with a stethoscope attachment that plugs into the robot. All the data coming into my eyes and ears is something that I never would have had before this system.”

 

A few years ago, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which was primarily seeing adult patients, hired a new chief executive officer who made a business case to close the hospital’s low-census pediatric unit. The decision was made to work with CHOC, approximately 15 miles away, to have it transport and admit any pediatric patients in need of specialized services. As part of his roll with transport services, Knight was the physician leader responsible for putting a robot in the Hoag’s Newport Beach emergency department.

 

“Hoag created a special status for consulting doctors using the robot; there is now a separate certification for telemedicine privileges just for people like me. My only roll at Hoag is performing telemedicine consults,” Knight says. “On our end at CHOC, we trained all the intensivists and transport team on how to use the robot. A pediatric intensivist is available 24/7 to assist and consult on any pediatric patient that comes into the Hoag emergency department.”

 

Robot capabilities

 

The Remote Presence RP-7 robot, made by InTouch Health, can be remotely controlled by a joystick from anywhere with a compatible control station. There are approximately 200 RP-7 units in use at hospitals nationwide. Wheels allow the robots to move around on any flat surface, and a system of high precision video cameras, microphones and a stethoscope make it possible for doctors like Knight to examine patients, talk with families and consult ”in-person” with medical staff to decide on the best course of treatment.

 

“The clarity of the RP-7 system is fantastic. I have the ability to look 360-degrees and can even zoom in on any detail from the corner of a room and look closely at a patient’s respiratory pattern, examine their perfusion, watch the capillary refill time. I can make it even better with still images if I need to. I can then display the images on the robot’s display and draw on the picture from my remote station to highlight details on X-rays, EKGs,” Knight says. “I can narrate and ‘telestrate’ anything that might help in planning treatment; it’s all highly reliable, and it’s all done in real time.”

 

Reactions to a robot doctor

 

The robot has been in place at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach for almost three years, and at Hoag Hospital Irvine since it opened on September 1, 2010, but it is still a novelty and reason for excitement for patients.

 

“They love it,” Knight says. “I have probably done more telemedicine consults than anyone in our hospital—4 to 6 per month on average. I have the ability to assess a patient, recommend interventions and outline a plan of care for the child. This gives families and caregivers incredible peace of mind. I have yet to have a family say anything negative about it. Usually, they are surprised, impressed and put at ease, knowing a pediatric-trained specialist was involved from the beginning.

 

“The most fun part of the system is when I get to follow up at CHOC with a patient who first met me through the robot at Hoag. The reaction I get the most is ‘hey, you’re the robot doctor!’” Knight says. “I get to explain that in reality, I’m a real doctor who is here caring for patients, but technology has made it possible for me to meet you, and for you to see my face on the robot, before you ever walk into CHOC.”

 

Next steps for telepresence

 

CHOC has a second RP-7 robot in action at the newly opened Hoag Hospital location in Irvine, CA, and Knight sees telepresence functionality growing radically in the next few years.

 

“My hope for the future is to have a portable RP transport unit that allows me to assess any patient being transported by the CHOC team,” Dr. Knight says. “I’m hopeful that in 2011, I will be able to visualize and start planning treatment for patients from the moment our transport team reaches them. The earlier we can provide pediatric-specific expertise to a patient, the better the care we can provide.”

 

Hopes for the future

 

With all the functionality available now, Knight is still looking at how the growth of telepresence technology will continue to change medicine.

 

“I would like to have the functionality for physicians to monitor patients from home. For instance, the cardiac surgeon operates all day and goes home at night. If he wants to see how his patients are doing in the ICU, he could log into a robot and do night rounds with the nurses before he goes to bed,” Knight says.

 

“On the other hand, we have patients who are chronic and have lots of medical problems and long term morbidities. Many are in-between; they can’t go home right now because they are too much work for their parents and because they can’t be adequately monitored, but they don’t need the full services of an ICU. If we could use telepresence like the RP-7 to check in daily, look at the patient’s vital signs, and talk with the family and home nurse, it could allow patients to spend more time at home. This would provide a huge cost savings over having a patient spend months in an acute care setting.

 

“I see some form of telepresence becoming standard practice for medicine in the next five years. And this is true whether we are talking about connecting to the home from the hospital or to the hospital from the home. The applications are endless in both directions.”

 

Interviewed by Tim Haynes, Assistant Director, Communications, NACHRI

Doshi, Nita – MD

Nita Doshi, M.D. is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

 

Dr. Doshi received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, California.

 

Dr. Doshi specializes in Non-Invasive cardiology, including transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal cardiology. In addition to congenital and general cardiology, she focuses special emphasis on pediatric patients with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She speaks fluent Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology practice office moving – Monday, August 1st, 2011

 

 

“The premier pediatric cardiology practice in Orange County, CA.”
The CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology Physicians are distinguished by their commitment to clinical excellence and research and through their training and faculty appointments at many of the nation’s most prestigious schools and hospitals including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Boston Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

 

Narayan, Shoba – MD

Dr. Shoba Narayan has joined the Nephrology Division of the CHOC Children’s Specialists. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology. Dr. Narayan received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; David Geffen School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Narayan completed her pediatric residency training and fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

 

She is presently involved in researching the significance of Post-transplant Antibody Production in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients.

 

Do, Thomas – MD

Dr. Thomas Do has joined the Neonatology Division of the CHOC Children’s Specialists as a pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Do received his medical degree from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA.

 

Dr. Do speaks medical Spanish and is fluent in Vietnamese. He is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Totoiu, Minodora – M.D.

Dr. Minodora Totoiu has joined the Neurology Division of CHOC Children’s Specialists. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric neurology.

 

Dr. Totoiu received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Targu-Mures, Romania. In addition to completing a residency in Romania, Dr. Totoiu completed pediatric residency training at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric neurology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA.

 

Dr. Totoiu is fluent in Romanian and Hungarian and knows basic Spanish.

 

Dr. Totoiu is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Bhakta, Kushal – M.D.

Dr. Kushal Y. Bhakta has joined the Neonatology Division of the CHOC Children’s Specialists.

 

Dr. Bhakta is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.
He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, Texas.

 

Dr. Bhakta is a graduate of the Educational Scholars. He is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and Pomona Valley Medical Center.

Arpan Global Charities – Mission Hangzhou, ChinaApril 8-18, 2011

Arpan Global Charities (AGC)

 

AGC, a medical volunteer organization, was founded in 2005 by Dr. Kukreja, a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in California.

 

The mission of AGC is to protect the health, give hope and education the medically underserved populations around the world, and to provide humanitarian assistance in areas of need.

 

For more information on Arpan Global Charities, please open the full brochure below or visit their website at:

 

 

AGC_brochure2

Arul, Nandini – M.D.

Nandini Arul, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Neonatologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. She served her Neonatal Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and completed her pediatric residency from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Arul received her medical degree from Madras University in India.

 

Dr. Arul has served as an assistant professor of Pediatrics with the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her areas of interest include Pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and enhancing learning with neonatal resuscitation simulation.

 

Harrison, Amy N. – M.D.

Amy Harrision, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology. Dr. Harrison attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed her residency training and served her fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Dr. Harrison is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, American College of CHEST Physicians and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Harrison has special training in Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy.

 

Nguyen-Tang, Hanh-Uyen – MD (UCI)

Hanh-Uyen Nguyen-Tang, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Critical Care physician board certified in General Pediatrics. Dr. Nguyen-Tang attended medical school at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland. She started her pediatric residency training in Pourtales Hospital, Neuchatel, Switzerland and continued on to pediatric surgery residency training at the University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland. She completed her residency training program at UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California.

 

Dr. Nguyen-Tang is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Nguyen-Tang speaks fluent English, French, German and Vietnamese.

 

Fernandez, Amanda – M.D.

Amanda Fernandez, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Neurologist, board certified in Pediatrics and Child Neurology. Dr. Fernandez received her medical degree from the University of the East in Quezon City, Philippines.

 

After moving to the United States, Dr. Fernandez completed her pediatric residency at State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Fernandez completed a fellowship in pediatric neurology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

 

Dr. Fernandez has served Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco and Medical Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic.

 

Dr. Fernandez’s research has included a Prospective study of Neurologic Development in Infants at Risk for Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) Infection and Compassionate Use of Felbamate in Pediatric Subjects with Epilepsy. Dr. Fernandez is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society and the Child Neurology Society.

 

Patel, Anup – M.D.

Dr. Anup Patel is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric gastroenterology. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Albany NY. Dr. Patel completed his pediatric residency training at University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, followed by fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Patel holds awards from Stanford University for Transplant and Tissue Engineering Endowment and Alan M. Krensky Endowed Clinical Fellow. Dr. Patel is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County, CHOC Children’s at Mission and other select Orange County locations.

Ho, Jeffrey – D.O.

Dr. Jeffrey Ho serves as medical director of endoscopy services at CHOC Children’s. He works closely with the Medical Director of Anesthesia and the Medical Director of O.R. as well as the pulmonary and Gastroenterology physicians to enhance endoscopy services in the surgical services areas.

Dr. Ho is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. Dr. Ho completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Dr. Ho is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County, CHOC Children’s at Mission and other select Orange County locations.

Reh, Christina M. – M.D.

Dr. Christina Reh is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.

 

Dr. Reh completed her fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Los Angeles, CA and her residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA. She received her medical degree at Loma Linda University.

 

Dr. Reh’s clinical areas of interest include type 1 diabetes, thyroid disorders and growth disorders. Her areas of research are in C-type Natriuretic Peptide and Skeletal Growth, Progression of Atherosclerosis in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and A Novel Treatment for Neonatal Severe Hyperparathyroidism.

 

Ho, Jennifer Crisp – MD

Dr. Jennifer Crisp Ho is Hospitalist physician with the CHOC Children’s Specialists. Dr. Ho is board certified in pediatrics with the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her medical degree at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Ho speaks medical Spanish and is available to see patients at CHOC Children’s of Orange County and other select Orange County locations.

Cook, Jason E. – M.D.

Jason Cook, M.D. is a CHOC Children’s Specialists Critical Care physician and board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Cook completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont. His residency training was completed at King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California where he also served a year as Chief Resident. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Cook served his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Dr. Cook’s areas of research interest include teaching leadership in Pediatric CCU using High Fidelity Simulation and Incidence and description of morbidities during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

 

Education

CHOC Residency Program

 

Welcome to the CHOC Pediatric Residency Program website. We hope the information here will provide you with a good introduction to our program. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.
For more details, please click here.

 

Hematology / Oncology Fellowship Program

 

Welcome to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program website. The information in this site will serve as an introduction to our program. The fellowship program is a three year program encompassing a clinical year followed by two years of clinical and basic research.
For more details, please click here.

CHOC Children’s Specialists Administration

CHOC Children’s Specialists – Administration Team

Hale Kuhlman, Vice President, Specialty Physician Services
Email: hkuhlman@choc.org
Phone: (714) 509-4927

Karen Hosford, Director, Finance & Accounting
Email: khosford@choc.org
Phone: (714) 509-7973

Lora Leiga, Manager, Human Resources
Email: HumanResourcesCSAdmin@CHOC.org
Phone: (714) 509-4873

 

Business Office

Mike Cademartori
Director, Physician Business Services
Email: mcademartori@choc.org
Phone: (714) 509-7861

Mark Kelly, Director, Revenue Cycle Support
Email: mkelly@choc.org
Phone: (714) 509-7861

 

Managed Care

Mariam Elqura, Manager, Managed Care Contracts
Email: melqura@choc.org
Phone: (714) 509-4152

Links to Organizations and Online Communities

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
California Chapter 4, American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to achieving optimal health for all Orange County children by promoting pediatric excellence. The Chapter provides evidence-based recommendations for child health to pediatricians, parents, professionals and public policy makers.
Neurologic education is one of the AAN’s core values. The AAN extends this beyond its membership to K-12 students, college students, medical students, residents, fellows, neurologists in practice and Academia, and non-neurologist physicians.
Autism Awareness Centre hosts conferences across Canada and the UK, while ensuring books, articles and resource supports are readily available to all communities keeping parents and professionals on the cutting edge of new information. Autism Awareness Centre is leading the way because we “believe in change”.
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
Epilepsy Alliance of Orange County is a community-based organization specifically addressing the needs of children and adults with epilepsy and their families in Orange County. It was created to empower those fighting against this life-altering condition to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming seizure-free.
Autism Spectrum of Support was founded in October 2003 in Irvine, CA as the Orange County Asperger Support Group, by two fathers looking to provide support for local parents, children and adults with Aspergers, High Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS. Through their leadership and innovation, it quickly grew to encompass much of Orange County, and currently holds support group meetings in Newport Beach and Placentia. Monthly activity groups are now held throughout Orange County.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.
The American Asthma Foundation (AAF) is the only national advocacy group devoted solely to asthma, a chronic condition affecting 23 million Americans. AAF’s mission is to improve treatment, prevent, and find a cure for the disease.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
CureSearch unites the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through our mission to cure childhood cancer. Research is the key to the cure.
The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting optimal care of children and adolescents with blood disorders and cancer by advancing research, education, treatment and professional practice.
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services at no charge to children living with cancer and their families. Our goal is to make sure children battling cancer know they are not alone
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatments of blood disorders. The mission of the Society is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training,

The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care.
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected—by diabetes.

  • We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
  • We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
  • We provide objective and credible information.
  • We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

‘Too Young for Cancer’ and Demanding Action

The grim statistics have become a rallying point for activist groups: Some 72,000 Americans aged 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 10,000 die. They make up less than 10% of all cancer patients, but survival rates for teens and young adults have barely budged since 1975, while those for children and older people have made dramatic gains.

To read more on this article click here.

Contact Rheumatology

To Schedule A Consultation or Office Visit

In addition to inpatient consultation, CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physicians provide outpatient services at both CHOC and CHOC at Mission. For an inpatient consultation or outpatient appointment, please call:

1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(714) 765-6620 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Pulmonology

To Schedule A Consultation

CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians are available 24-hours-a-day for consultation.

1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(866) 316-3345 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Oncology

24-Hour Availability and Consultation

Inpatient consultations are available 24 hours a day at CHOC, CHOC at Mission, UC Irvine Medical Center and at several Orange County hospitals.

(714) 509-8636 – Consultations and Appointments
(714) 509-4748 – Fax
(714) 509-4348 – Physician Calls
(866) 316-3348 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Neurology

To Schedule an Appointment or a Consultation

In addition to on-site consultation, CHOC Children’s Specialists Neurology physicians provide outpatient services at both CHOC and CHOC at Mission. For an inpatient consultation or outpatient appointment, please call:

1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(866) 316-3347 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Nephrology

To Schedule a Consultation or Office Visit

CHOC Children’s Specialists Nephrology physicians are available for inpatient consultation 24-hours-a-day. Outpatient appointments may also be scheduled during convenient office hours:

1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(714) 765-6617 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Neonatology

To Schedule A Consultation

In addition to on-site consultation, CHOC Children’s Specialists Neonatology physicians provide outpatient follow-up at CHOC Children’s. To schedule a consultation or appointment, please call:

(714) 509-4373 – Administraton Office
(714) 509-7800 – Fax
(714) 509-4041 – EDAC Appointments and Consultations

Locations

Contact Infectious Disease

To Schedule A Consultation or Office Visit

CHOC Children’s Specialists Infectious Diseases physicians are available for inpatient consultation 24-hours-a-day. Outpatient appointments may also be scheduled during convenient office hours.

1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(866) 316-3346 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Hospitalist

24-Hour Notification of Emergency or After-Hours Admissions

CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist physicians are available to access patients throughout the day to identify the optimal time for discharge. Referring primary care physicians receive a complete discharge order sheet within 24- hours, including all pertinent test results and surgical information.

To Schedule an Admission

Patients may be admitted at CHOC to the CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist service 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week.

CHOC Children’s in Orange:
(714) 509-8400 – To admit a patient, ask for Admitting Dept. and let them know you want to admit your patient to a CHOC Children’s Specialists hospitalist
(714) 997-3000 – Ask for CHOC Children’s Specialists hospitalist on call to talk with the hospitalist directly
(714) 509-8826 – Administration Office

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital:
(949) 365-2401 – To admit a patient at CHOC Mission, ask for the hospitalist on call.

CHOC at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (pediatric floor):
(909) 865-9871 – To admit a patient at CHOC Pomona, ask for the hospitalist on call.

Locations

CHOC Children’s in Orange 
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

 

Contact Hematology

To Schedule a Consultation or Office Visit

CHOC Children’s Specialists Hematology physicians are available for inpatient consultation 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week. Outpatient appointments may also be scheduled during convenient office hours:

(714) 509-8459 – Main Office
1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(866) 833-2811 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Gastroenterology

To Schedule a Consultation or Office Visit

CHOC Children’s Specialists Gastroenterology physicians are available for inpatient consultation 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week. Outpatient appointments may be scheduled at several convenient office locations offering flexible hours:

(714) 509-4099 – Main Office
1-888-770-2462 (1-888-770-CHOC) – Appointments
1-855-246-2329 (1-855-CHOC-FAX) – Fax
(866) 283-3181 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Critical Care

To Arrange a Pediatric Emergency Transport or Inpatient Consultation

(714) 509-8620 – Administrative Office and Inpatient Consultation
(714) 509-4072 – Fax
(714) 765-6616 – After-hours Answering Service
(714) 509-8530 – Emergency Transport

Locations

Contact Cardiology

To Schedule a Consultation or Office Visit

With 24-hour availability, CHOC Children’s Specialists Cardiology physicians provide on-site consultation at CHOC, CHOC at Mission and select Orange County hospitals. Outpatient offices are conveniently located throughout the greater Orange County area.

(714) 509-3939 – Appointments
(714) 509-3949 – Fax
(866) 316-3382 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Contact Allergy and Immunology

24-Hour Availability and Convenient Appointment Hours

Inpatient consultation is available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week at select Orange County hospitals. Outpatient visits may be scheduled at several convenient office locations in Orange County.

(714) 633-6363 – Appointments, Consultation and Practice Information
(714) 633-0178 – Fax
(866) 275-7127 – After-hours Answering Service

Locations

Prevention of Sudden Death in Athletes

From The Orange County Register

 

By LANDON HALL – THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

 

COSTA MESA – For the second straight year, doctors, educators, administrators and parents gathered Saturday to talk about something they already know: that portable defibrillators can save the life of a young athlete stricken by sudden cardiac arrest.

 

And yet their goal of getting a defibrillator in every school seems far off, slowed by the recession and legal issues.

 

Dr. Anthony Chang, medical director of the pediatric heart center at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, told dozens of people at the “Life-Threatening Events Associated With Pediatric Patients in Sports” symposium that great progress has been made since the inaugural event a year ago.

 

“We’re literally at the cusp of breaking through in terms of permanent action,” he said.

 

The conference, founded by Chang and Dr. Dan Cooper of UCI, has established the goal of making Orange County a model in protecting young people who play organized sports. Its goals include: comprehensive screening, including an electrocardiogram for athletes prior to competition; CPR training for faculty and students; and increasing the number of automatic external defibrillators, devices used to shock the heart into beating again.

 

Reaching this level of preparedness is expensive. Take the defibrillator goal alone: One unit can cost $1,500 to $3,000, and require training and maintenance. Of the 29 school districts in the county, 10 have at least one.

 

“One on every campus is ideal,” said Pamela Kahn, a registered nurse who’s the coordinator for health and wellness for the county Department of Education. “In the economic climate, that’s certainly difficult. But it’s possible.”

 

With every district struggling with diminished funds from the state, advocates are trying to find private-sector alternatives, with help from families who have dealt first-hand with sudden cardiac arrest.

 

Kirk and Lori Stuewe of Anaheim Hills told the crowd inside Department of Education headquarters about their 14-year-old daughter, Shauna. She was a seemingly healthy 14-year-old freshman at Esperanza High School and a “flier” on the junior varsity cheerleading squad. She had just completed a routine stunt when she complained of dizziness and fainted. She later died.

 

It wasn’t until three years later that doctors were able to determine the cause of death: CPVT, a genetic mutation blamed in about 15 percent of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest in young people.

 

Her parents created the Shauna Ann Stuewe Foundation and have used donations and fund-raisers to place 37 defibrillators in area schools. They also go into schools to inspect existing machines, and they’ve often found troubling signs: The machine often has pads or batteries that need replacing, or it’s locked up in a principal’s office, where it’s not easily accessible.

 

“Some look like they take it on the football field with them, which is fine,” Lori Stuewe said. “But you have to clean and maintain them. You can’t have dirt all over them.”

 

Money isn’t the only obstacle to getting more machines in schools. State law requires that any school with a machine must ensure that someone trained in its operation be available during school functions, even if only a few students are present. Other kinds of institutions don’t have that restriction.

 

“I could put (one) in central jail in Santa Ana much easier than I can put one in my daughter’s middle school,” said Dr. Sam Stratton, medical director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services.

 

The Department of Education’s lobbyist will push for that provision of the law to be changed. Others are confident that more defibrillators will get into schools.

 

“With the budget crisis the way it is, there is an absolute 100 percent commitment that, budget be damned, we’re going to figure this out,” said Bruce Baron, principal at South Lake Middle School in Irvine.

Rheumatology

CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physicians are committed to the early intervention necessary to maximize quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases. These highly experienced and talented physicians provide innovative, yet cost-effective inpatient and outpatient care for inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including:

  • Autoinflammatory/periodic fever syndromes
  • Chronic iritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dysautonomia syndromes
  • Hypermobility-associated musculoskeletal pain
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis (JAS)
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Pain amplification syndrome and related pain syndromes
  • Scleroderma (ptosis)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Vasculitis (including ANCA-associated)

Clinical services are complemented by the multidisciplinary care provided by other pediatric subspecialists, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, clinical dietitians and social workers at CHOC and CHOC at Mission.

Regionally Recognized for Clinical Excellence

Early intervention is crucial to long-term prognosis and quality of life for a child with rheumatic disease. As part of their professional commitment to serving this especially vulnerable patient population, CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physicians often travel outside Orange County to assess a child in need, in addition to providing outreach to local hospitals.

As CCS-accredited providers in rheumatic disease, CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physicians are available for on-site evaluation within a three-county radius: Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. They are also affiliated with the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization and serve on the board of the Arthritis Foundation.

Care Available for the “Whole Child” and Family

As part of the multidisciplinary treatment milieu, clinical services offered include medical evaluation and therapy, psychosocial support, nursing education, and occupational and physical therapy. Families are encouraged to participate in rheumatic disease support groups.

A CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physician also provides medical care at Camp Esperanza, a summer camp sponsored every year by the Arthritis Foundation for children with rheumatic diseases.

Actively Participating in the Latest Bench and Clinical Research

CHOC Children’s Specialists Rheumatology physicians serve as principal investigators for several research studies into inflammation, a significant factor in such autoimmune diseases as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis and scleroderma. Activities are focused on the genetics of autoimmune disease and DNA repair. Their involvement in this leading-edge research gives patients access to newer medications and treatment.

Yuengsrigul, Anchalee – MD

Anchalee Yuengsrigul, M.D., is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and is a Assistant Professor at UC Irvine.

 

Dr. Yuengsrigul specializes in the treatment of asthma, chronic lung disease, apnea and sleep related respiratory disorders.

 

Dr. Yuengsrigul completed a pulmonology clinical and research fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Miller Children’s Hospital through the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Yuengsrigul completed her pediatric residency training at the Ramathibodi Hospital at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Her medical training was completed at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Yuengsrigul was also voted as one of Orange County’s Top Doctors for 2010.

Hicks, David A. – M.D., FAAP, FCCP

David Hicks, M.D. is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology and Neonatology. Dr. Hicks serves as the Medical Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (14-bed capacity), St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, California, Director, Healthbridge Pediatrics, Pediatric Sub-Acute Unit, Tustin, California, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Care, Teaching and Resource Center, Co-Director of the Apnea Diagnostic Center and Pulmonary Physician, CHOC Children’s, Orange, California.

 

Dr. Hicks specializes in treating and managing the full spectrum of related disorders. Dr. Hicks served his fellowship and residency at UCI Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Orange County, both in Orange. Dr. Hicks is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. Dr. Hicks was voted voted as one of Orange County’s Top Doctors for 2009 & 2010.

Pulmonology

Available for consultation 24-hours-a-day, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians provide comprehensive clinical services for a full range of genetic, developmental, structural and acquired disorders of the lungs and respiratory system. Board certified in pediatric pulmonology, these highly experienced physicians provide innovative, yet cost-effective inpatient and outpatient care for common and unusual disorders:

  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Severe asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Airway problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Congenital lung abnormalities
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Immunology disorders
  • Home ventilators
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Chronic care of technology dependent children

Regionally Recognized for Excellence : Available for consultation throughout the greater Orange County area, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians are CCS-accredited providers for cystic fibrosis and chronic lung disease. They direct the Cystic Fibrosis Care, Research and Treatment Center at CHOC, which is also accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In addition to providing medical direction for inpatient and outpatient pulmonology services at both CHOC and CHOC at Mission, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians serve as Directors of the CHOC Respiratory Institute and the CHOC Asthma and Chronic Lung Program, as well as providing inpatient consultation at several community hospitals. They also direct pediatric sub-acute units at hospitals in Orange and Whittier.

Specialized Pediatric Procedures and Services : Fully equipped with sophisticated, leading-edge technology, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians provide tertiary-level, pediatric subspecialty services, including:

  • Pediatric pulmonary function testing at CHOC, including spirometry, lung volumes, diffusion capacity, exercise stress testing and the ability to study young children and those with disabilities
  • Fiber optic bronchoscopy, including a wide range of bronchoscopes for different sizes and problems
  • Full respiratory care program with multiple options for bronchial clearance
  • Ongoing management of children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and other oxygen-dependent patients
  • Apnea diagnostic center and monitor program, including education for parents of children with sleep apnea
  • Cystic Fibrosis Care, Research and Treatment Center
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention Clinic, offering risk assessment and prophylaxis of high risk infants
  • Neuromuscular evaluation and treatment for respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease

Inpatient services provided by CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians are complemented by the multidisciplinary care provided by pediatric subspecialty physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, clinical dietitians and social workers at CHOC, the only pediatric hospital serving Orange County.

Family Support and At-Home Care

CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians offer a home ventilator program and consultation for chronic, oxygen-dependent patients. Home intravenous therapy is available for children with cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.

Access To the Latest Clinical Research

CHOC Children’s Specialists Pulmonology physicians participate in clinical research, giving patients access to newer medications and treatment. They serve as principal investigators for multiple ongoing studies for new medications developed for cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonay dysplasia, asthma and other pediatric lung diseases.