CHOC Children's

CHOC Pressroom

January 04, 2010

More than 50 CHOC Children’s physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are featured as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2010 issue of Orange Coast magazine.  The "Physicians of Excellence" program was developed by the Orange County Medical Association, the largest physician membership association in the county.  The annual program honors the region's outstanding physicians for their dedication to the medical profession and their service to the community.

To be selected, physicians were required to be certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties board member; be in good standing with the Medical Board of California; maintain a primary practice in Orange County for the last five years; and be in practice within his/her specialty for the last five years.  Additionally, physicians were required to meet at least three of the following criteria: leadership; teaching/mentoring; medical research/scientific advances; and humanitarian service. 

Congratulations to these CHOC doctors for being named “Physicians of Excellence.”  They are part of a dymanic team of pediatric experts, caring for the two million children who depend on CHOC.

Mark Howard Ellis, M.D.
Sherwin A. Gillman, M.D.
Paul Y. Qaqundah, M.D.

Paul Yost, M.D.

Anjan S. Batra, M.D.
Farhouch Berdjis, M.D.
Anthony Chang, M.D.
James Chu, M.D.
Jodie E. Gandy, M.D.
Keith M. Weiner, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Richard N. Gates, M.D.
Brian A. Palafox, M.D.

Critical Care
Nick G. Anas, M.D.
Jason M. Knight, M.D.
Paul Lubinsky, M.D.

Diagnostic Radiology
David S. Karlin, M.D.
Dan Vu, M.D.

Mark Daniels, M.D.
Timothy K. Flannery, M.D.

Phyllis Agran, M.D.
Kenneth Grant, M.D.
Mitchell Katz, M.D.

Ivan I. Kirov, M.D.
Geetha Puthenveetil, M.D.
Leonard Sender, M.D.
Wei-Ping (Violet) Shen, M.D.

Infectious Disease
Behnoosh Afghani, M.D.
Antonio C. Arrieta
David J. Lang, M.D.
Jasjit Singh, M.D.

Medical Genetics
John Jay Gargus, M.D.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Vijay Dhar, M.D.

Neurological Surgery
William G. Loudon, M.D.
Michael Muhonen, M.D.

Ira Lott, M.D.

Sanford Chen, M.D.
Florencio C. Ching, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery
Francois D. Lalonde, M.D.
Samuel R. Rosenfeld, M.D.

Gurpreet S. Ahuja, M.D.
Roberto L. Barretto, M.D.
Felizardo S. Camilon, Jr., M.D.

Shu-Yuan Liao, M.D.
Aaron Franklin Sassoon, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven Abelowitz, M.D.
Katherine Andreeff, M.D.
Marc Lerner, M.D.
E. Daniel Mackey, M.D.
Stephen E. Osburn, M.D.
Sameer Pathare, M.D.
Mary Ann Wilkinson, M.D.

Plastic Surgery
Michael Sundine, M.D.

Hoang D. Nguyen, M.D.

David A. Hicks, M.D.
Anchalee Yuengsrigul, M.D.

Mustafa Kabeer, M.D.
Vinh T. Lam, M.D.

Vascular/Interventional Radiology
Howard L. Dorne, M.D.
Kurt L. Openshaw, M.D.


Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold 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’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680