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CHOC CHILDREN'S SPECIALTIES
MORE THAN 80 CHOC CHILDREN'S DOCTORS NAMED "PHYSICIANS OF EXCELLENCE"
January 03, 2012

2012 Top DoctorsMore than 80 CHOC Children’s physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are featured as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2012 issue of Orange Coast magazine.  The "Physicians of Excellence" program was developed by the Orange County Medical Association, one of the largest medical societies in the United States.  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 a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a member board of the American Board of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, or an equivalency board recognized by the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California; be in good standing with the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic 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 two of the following criteria: physician leadership; teaching/mentoring; medical research/scientific advances; and humanitarian service. 
 

CHOC Children’s honors these extraordinary doctors for being named “Physicians of Excellence.”  They are part of a team of pediatric experts compassionately caring for the two million children who depend on CHOC.
 
Allergy/Immunology   
Mark H. Ellis, M.D.
Sherwin A. Gillman, M.D.
Chao-I Lin, M.D.

Cardiology
Anjan S. Batra, M.D.
Anthony Chang, M.D.
Jodie E. Gandy, M.D.
Nafiz Kiciman, M.D.
Michael A. Rebolledo, M.D.
Keith M. Weiner, M.D.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Richard N. Gates, M.D.

Child Psychiatry
Hoang Dao Nguyen, M.D.

Clinical Genetics and Metabolic Genetics
Virginia Kimonis, M.D. 

Critical Care
Nick G. Anas, M.D.
Anthony Cherin, M.D.
Gary Goodman, M.D.
Kenneth E. Kim, M.D.
Jason Knight, M.D.
Paul Lubinsky, M.D.
Zacharia Reda, M.D.

Developmental-Behavorial Pediatrics
Robin Steinberg-Epstein, M.D.

Diagnostic Radiology
David S. Karlin, M.D.
Joon Kim, M.D,
David Vu, M.D.

Endocrinology
Susan J. Clark, M.D.
Mark W. Daniels, M.D.
Timothy K. Flannery, M.D.

Gastroenterology
Kenneth E. Grant, M.D.
Mitchell Katz, M.D.
Bassam Younes, M.D.

Hematology/Oncology
Ivan I. Kirov, M.D.
Diane J. Nugent, M.D.
Geetha Puthenveetil, M.D.
Leonard S. Sender, M.D.
Wei-Ping (Violet) Shen, M.D.
Amit Soni, M.D.
Lilibeth R. Torno, M.D.

Infectious Disease
Antonio C. Arrieta
Negar Ashouri, M.D.
Jasjit Singh, M.D.

Interventional Radiology
Kurt L. Openshaw, M.D.
Mahmood K. Razavi, M.D.

Medical Genetics
Maureen Bocian, M.D.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Irfan Ahmad, M.D.
Daryoush Bassiri, M.D.
John P. Cleary, M.D.
Vijay Dhar, M.D.
Anthony Liu, M.D.

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

Neurology
Joseph H. Donnelly, M.D.
Ira Lott, M.D.
Anne Tournay, M.D.

Ophthalmology
Sanford Chen, M.D.
David A. Sami, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery
Afshin Aminian, M.D.
Ayaz A. Biviji, M.D.
Jack Chen, M.D.
Francois D. Lalonde, M.D.
Eric W. Lee, M.D.
Samuel Rosenfeld, M.D.
Carl R. Weinert, Jr., M.D.

Otolaryngology 
Gurpreet S. Ahuja, M.D.
Felizardo Camilon, M.D.
Robert del Junco, M.D.
Jack A. Shohet, M.D.
 
Pathology
Aaron Sassoon, M.D.

Pediatrics
Katherine Andreeff, M.D.
Mark A. Colon, M.D.
Leticia Oliveros, M.D.
Sameer Pathare, M.D.
Trung Tristan H. Truong, M.D.
Mary Ann Wilkinson, M.D.

Plastic Surgery
Mark E. Krugman, M.D.
Leonard G. Prutsok, M.D.
Michael J. Sundine, M.D.

Pulmonology
David A. Hicks, M.D.
Bruce Nickerson, M.D.
Anchalee Yuengsrigul, M.D.

Radiology
Scott J. Rowen, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
Daniel A. Potter, M.D.

Surgery
Maryam Gholizadeh, M.D.
David L. Gibbs, M.D.
Mustafa Kabeer, M.D.
Vinh T. Lam, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
Brian A. Palafox, M.D.
 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, 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 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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

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