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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 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 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 two of the following criteria: physician leadership; teaching/mentoring; medical research/scientific advances; and humanitarian service. 
 

CHOC 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   
William E. Berger, M.D.
Mark H. Ellis, M.D.
Sherwin A. Gillman, M.D.
Paul Y. Qaqundah, M.D.

Anesthesiology
Paul B. Yost, M.D.

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

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Richard N. Gates, M.D. 

Critical Care
Nick G. Anas, M.D.
Anthony Cherin, M.D.
Gary Goodman, M.D.
Mehrdad Jalili, M.D.
Jason M. Knight, M.D.
Paul Lubinsky, M.D.
Zacharia Reda, M.D.

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

Endocrinology
Timothy K. Flannery, M.D.

Gastroenterology
Phyllis F. Agran, M.D.
Kenneth E. Grant, M.D.
Mitchell Katz, M.D.

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

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

Medical Genetics
John Jay Gargus, M.D.

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
John P. Cleary, M.D.
Vijay Dhar, M.D.
Cherry Uy, M.D.
Lawrence K. Wickham, 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.

Orthopedic Surgery
Afshin Aminian, M.D.
Francois D. Lalonde, M.D.
Michael F. Shepard, M.D.
Carl R. Weinert, Jr., M.D.

Otolaryngology 
Gurpreet S. Ahuja, M.D.
Felizardo S. Camilon, Jr., M.D.
Jason H. Kim, M.D.
Edward S. Lee, M.D.
 
Pathology

Aaron Sassoon, M.D.

Pediatrics
Steven Abelowitz, M.D.
Katherine Andreeff, M.D.
Mark A. Colon, M.D.
Elsie Rosso Hidalgo, M.D.
Penny Reiko Murata, M.D.
Leticia Oliveros, M.D.
Sameer Pathare, M.D.
Varalakshmi Reddy, M.D.
Mary Ann Wilkinson, M.D.

Plastic Surgery
Mark E. Krugman, M.D.

Pulmonology
Bruce Nickerson, M.D.
Anchalee Yuengsrigul, M.D.

Radiology
Mark N. Masotto, M.D.
Scott J. Rowen, M.D.

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

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

 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) 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 health care 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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