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Meet CHOC Pediatric Urology’s “Triple Threat”

Two full-time pediatric urologists with extensive academic and research credentials recently joined CHOC Children’s Urology Center.

In addition to faster access to patient consults and expanded surgical capabilities, including robotics, CHOC Children’s Urology Center is the training site for the nation’s newest pediatric urology fellowship program sponsored by University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Several research projects are also underway.

Established in 2010, CHOC Urology has already been recognized as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. Medical Director Antoine Khoury, M.D., plans to be among the top 10 within fifive years.

One has trained physicians for most of his career and helped build one of the very fifirst pediatric urology fellowship programs. The second has held teaching appointments at several prestigious institutions and is a former president of the American Association of Pediatric Urology.

Together with Antoine Khoury, M.D., professor, Department of Urology, University of California, Irvine and medical director, CHOC Children’s Urology Center, pediatric urologists Gordon McLorie, M.D., and Irene McAleer, M.D., have tripled the clinical, teaching and research capabilities at CHOC Children’s Urology Center. “Our goal is to create a ‘one-stop’ center of excellence, where families receive a comprehensive treatment plan,” Dr. Khoury said.

With the addition of Drs. McLorie and McAleer, Dr. Khoury can now pursue another goal: establishing a pediatric urology fellowship at CHOC and UC Irvine.

“The educational component is key,” he said. “We also have several cutting-edge research projects underway, including a major project on bladder reconstruction using cell culture techniques, and have an opportunity to make advances in pediatric urology.”

CHOC Children’s Urology Center is located at 505 S. Main Street, Suite 100, in Orange. For more information, or to arrange a consultation, please contact (714) 512-3919. Patient records and reports may be faxed to (866) 529-9704.

Gordon McLorie, M.D.

“I am excited to be part of this expansion, which is so important to the children and the families who need this kind of care. There are not a lot of people in this specialty, and our hope is to be able to add a center that will help meet future need.”

Gordon A. McLorie, M.D., Professor,
Department of Urology and Director of Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and CHOC Children's.

Fellowship, Urology oncology and Urodynamics:
UCLA Medical Center

Fellowship, Pediatric Surgery:
with Dr. W. H. Hendren, Harvard University

Medical Training, including Internship, Residency:
University of Toronto

There are only a few pediatric urology training programs available within the U.S. and Canada, and Gordon McLorie, M.D., helped build one of the fifirst at the University of Toronto. An internationally recognized authority on reconstructive bladder and genitalia surgery, Dr. McLorie is currently concluding a fifive-year, $1.5 million NIH funded research into vesicoureteral reflflux and will be publishing the results of this 600-patient study after a two-year follow up and analysis.

Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. McLorie taught at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has also held academic appointments at several institutions.

Irene McAleer, M.D

“I enjoy the stimulation that comes from teaching, as well as by learning from medical students and residents. I look forward to establishing an accredited fellowship program to increase training opportunities for this region.”

Irene M. McAleer, M.D., HS Associate Professor, Department of Urology University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and CHOC Children's

Pediatric Urology Fellowship:
University of California, San Diego

Urology residency: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda

Internship: Naval Hospital, Oakland

Medical Degree: Ohio State University

Former president of the American Association of Pediatric Urology, Irene McAleer, M.D., has held academic appointments at several prestigious institutions, most recently at University of California, San Francisco. Special clinical interests include antenatal counseling, hypospadias, urinary reflux and hydronephrosis management.

Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. McAleer was at Children’s Hospital Central California, in Madera, where she was a former vice chair of surgery. She is a fellow of the Society of Pediatric Urology, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics, Urology Section


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