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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.
Mark H. Ellis, M.D.
Sherwin A. Gillman, M.D.
Chao-I Lin, M.D.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Scott J. Rowen, M.D.

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

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.

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.


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email: pr@chocchildrens.org


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