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Mustafa H Kabeer, MD

Dr. Kabeer has staff privileges at CHOC Orange & CHOC Mission

Orange, CA
Orange, CA
Corona, CA

Pediatric Surgery

Research Focus:
Autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion, Raman spectroscopy, surgical robotics, stem cells


Published Works:

Office and Contact Information

CHOC Children's Specialists
505 S Main St
Suite 225
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 364-4050
fax: (714) 364-4051
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CHOC Children's Specialists
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
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CHOC Children's Health Center in Corona
854 Magnolia Ave.
Suite 101
Corona, CA 92879
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Administrative Appointments

  • Pediatric Surgery, CHOC Children's Specialists

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
    UC Irvine

Physician / Researcher Bio

On the forefront of investigating new and innovative ways to treat patients, Dr. Kabeer has been a leader in the research of surgical robotics. Dr. Kabeer was the first physician to perform pediatric lung resection in the world. He was the first physician to perform robotic surgery at CHOC and has since performed many robotic tumor resections. His other research interests include immunology and cytokine response to injury.

Over the last ten years, Dr. Kabeer has been engaged in the investigation of the use of autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion to augment vaccine efficacy against gram negative encapsulated organisms. He has a background in tumor cell vaccine and cytokine research and is interested in working with stem cells in order to grow small intestines. He is currently researching the use of Raman spectroscopy in the diagnosis of pediatric tumors and in the diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s disease.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Kabeer is board certified in general surgery, pediatric surgery and surgical critical care. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Kabeer attended medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed both his internship and his residency training at Indiana University and served his fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.


  • Fellowship
    Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Residency
    Indiana University
  • Internship
    Indiana University
  • Medical School
    University of Missouri, Columbia

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Surgery
    American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
    American Board of Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
    American Board of Surgery

Honors and Awards

  • Orange County Medical Association’s Physicians of Excellence
  • UCI Residents Teaching Award for Best Pediatric Surgeon


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What is surgery? Dr. Mustafa Kabeer explains how having surgery is different from other medical procedures. ...
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Pediatric Surgeon Mustafa Kabeer, MD, tells us why CHOC is a great place to work and why he chose pediatrics as his specialty. ...

CHOC Articles & Publications

A Tiny Scar Makes a Big Difference
CHOC Children's Annual Report: FY 2011
Advancements in medical technology have resulted in a new laparoscopic technique that allows surgeons to perform some procedures through a single, small incision....
SILS: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Kid's Health (Archive): Fall 2011
The experts at CHOC Children’s are always looking for ways to make surgery as easy as possible for their young patients. One way they’ve done this is by using laparoscopic—or minimally invasive— s...
People Make Greatness Happen
Change CHOC, Change the World Campaign Newsletter: Fall 2011
Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, a pediatric surgeon at CHOC Children’s, works eighty to eighty-five hours per week and performs nearly 600 operations a year. Dr. Michael Muhonen, CHOC’s director of Neurosurger...
CHOC Scientist Exploring Light's Possibilities For Children
Physician Connection: Summer 2008
A biomedical scientist at CHOC is collaborating with several physicians to explore medical applications of light to provide non invasive diagnoses. ...
Orange County Surgeon Offers Nuss Procedure
Physician Connection: Spring 2007
If there is a less-invasive way to perform a procedure, Mustafa Kabeer, M.D., is likely to be doing it....
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More than 80 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 03, 2012
More than 80 CHOC Children's physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are named "Physicians of Excellence" by the Orange County Medical Association....
More than 60 CHOC Children’s Doctors Named “Physicians of Excellence”
January 04, 2011
More than 60 CHOC Children’s physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are featured as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2011 issue of Orange Coast magazine. The "Physicians of Exc...
More than 50 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 04, 2010
The Orange County Medical Association names more than 50 CHOC doctors "Physicians of Excellence."...


Dr. Kabeer
A core part of Dr. Mustafa Kabeer’s philosophy of care is to treat patients as if they are his own children. ...

Published Works

Lieber CA, Nethercott HE, Kabeer MH. Cancer field effects in normal tissues revealed by Raman spectroscopy. Biomed Opt Express. 2010 Sep 20;1(3):975-982.

Lieber CA, Kabeer MH. Characterization of pediatric Wilms' tumor using Raman and fluorescence spectroscopies. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Mar;45(3):549-54.

Lectures and Presentations

  • Lieber, C.A., and M.H. Kabeer, “Raman Spectroscopic Characterization of Pediatric Tissues,” invited talk, Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2009
  • Lieber, C.A., H.E. Nethercott, J.G. Kim, and M.H. Kabeer, “Raman Spectral Detection of Cancer Field Effects,” oral presentation, SPEC 2010; Shedding Light on Disease: Optical Diagnosis for the New Millenium, Manchester, United Kingdom, June 2010
  • Kabeer, MH, Congenital Anomalies of Neonates; First International Conference On Pediatric Intensive Care, Hangzhou, China, 2011
  • Kabeer, MH, Congenital Lung Anomalies; First International Conference on Pediatric Intensive Care, Hangzhou, China, 2011


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