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James P Cappon, MD

Dr. Cappon has staff privileges at CHOC Orange

Orange, CA
Newport Beach, CA
Orange, CA

Critical Care

Research Focus:
Patient safety and quality improvement


Published Works:

Office and Contact Information

CHOC Children's Specialists
1201 W La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 509-8620
fax: (714) 509-4072
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Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital
1 Hoag Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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St Joseph Hospital
1100 W Stewart Dr
Orange, CA 92868
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Administrative Appointments

  • Critical Care, CHOC Children's Specialists
  • Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety, CHOC Children's

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Physician / Researcher Bio

James Cappon, M.D. provides the full range of tertiary-level critical care procedures, with expertise in mechanical ventilation and management of respiratory failure. He is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Cappon served his fellowship at Harbor-UCLA/CHOC /Martin Luther King hospitals. Both his residency and internship were completed at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Dr. Cappon is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. Dr. Cappon is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Cappon also serves as the CHOC Director of Patient Safety.


  • Medical School
    University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Residency
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
  • Fellowship - Critical Care/Pulmonology
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Orange County/Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care/Pulmonology

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care
    American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American College of Healthcare Executives


Dr. Cappon is dedicated to studying best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. His past and current research has focused on adverse event triggers in pediatric intensive care units; improved assessment, triage, and safety for pediatric transport; and reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Cappon is currently coinvestigator in eight studies at CHOC, including studies looking at genomic analysis of pediatric systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sedation management in pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure, and therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest. He is involved in several studies dealing with influenza and a prospective cohort study looking at pertussis in U.S. children.

In all, Dr. Cappon’s research into patient safety, quality improvement, and pediatric transport has made CHOC a leader in pediatric transport medicine. In fact, CHOC is in the top five pediatric transport hospitals in the nation. Also because of his expertise, Dr., Cappon has presented throughout the country on critical care, pediatric transport, patient safety, and quality.


Dr. Jim Cappon, Medical Director of Quality & Patient Safety Dr. Jim Cappon, Medical Director of Quality & Patient Safety
Dr. Jim Cappon tells us about his motivation in making CHOC better place. ...
The New Holmes Tower - Dr. Cappon The New Holmes Tower - Dr. Cappon
In this video Dr. James Cappon gives us a tour of the new Holmes Tower at CHOC Children's. ...
KTLA Tech Report - CHOC: Inside the High Tech Hospital KTLA Tech Report - CHOC: Inside the High Tech Hospital
In this segment from the KTLA Tech Report which first aired on May 1, 2013, KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro talks about the newly connected Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children's and what that technology mean ...

CHOC Articles & Publications

CHOC’s New Tower is Built on Patient Comfort and Safety
Kid's Health (Archive): Fall 2011
When CHOC Children’s new seven-story tower opens in spring 2013, it will usher the hospital into a new age of healthcare. The new facility will help make Orange County one of the safest and hea...
Just What The Doctor Ordered
Physician Connection: Spring 2007
Virtually any computer is now a potential workstation for you. With privacy protected software and a password, you may write any kind of order from your office, home or, of course, at CHOC....


CHOC Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals
June 10, 2014
CHOC Children’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings....

Published Works

Ramirez R, Pickar T, Frens S, Cappon JP, Cleary JP. Capnography: A Better Way? RT For Decision Makers in Respiratory Care; rtmagazine.com; January 2009.

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Reducing Patient Harm"
  • "Reducing non-ICU Codes"
  • "Quality and Patient Safety Update"
  • "Upper Airway Emergencies"
  • "Care Guidelines Update"
  • "Early warning systems to detect patient deterioration"
  • "Septic Shock"


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