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Read these stories about members of the CHOC family - doctors, nurses, employees, volunteers, donors and patients - to learn more about their passion for the hospital and the services we provide.

 



OUR STORIES

Dr. Chang

Dr. Chang
Renowned specialist leads the CHOC Heart Institute with the Japanese philosophy of kaizen.


Garrett

Garrett
Team centered approach to care averts rejection of transplanted bone marrow.


Jesse

Jesse
Wishing to help kids less fortunate than himself, Jesse ran 124 miles to raise money for CHOC Children's.


Argyros Family

Argyros Family
The Argyros family's generous $5 million gift allows our new emergency department to meet our patients needs.


Michele

Michele
Michele prides herself on making the surgery process less stressful for our patients and their families.


Dr. Krumins

Dr. Krumins
Dr. Krumins remembers how it feels to be a kid.


Danielle

Danielle
As a nurse, Danielle provides care for our patients before and after surgery.


Amanda

Amanda
Amanda is healthy and happy as a result of the expert care she received at CHOC Children's.


Dr. Dhar

Dr. Dhar
Vijay Dhar, M.D. specializes in neonatal critical care.


Dr. Kukreja

Dr. Kukreja
Tiny patients inspire doctor to run big race in their honor.


Dr. Sender

Dr. Sender
Dr. Sender strives to give the best care anywhere.


Dr. Winokur

Dr. Winokur
Dr. Robert Winokur loves being a host - at home and in the emergency department.


Evi

Evi
Evi embarked on a journey that included successful scoliosis surgery and the decision to pursue a career at CHOC.


Dr. Kabeer

Dr. Kabeer
A core part of Dr. Mustafa Kabeer’s philosophy of care is to treat patients as if they are his own children.


Madison

Madison
Madison and her family are proud to be part of the CHOC family.


Deborah

Deborah
Deborah Borrmann is an allergy and immunology medical assistant.


Mickey and Friends

Mickey and Friends
The Walt Disney Companies and CHOC share a vision of bringing a smile to children's faces.


Amelia

Amelia
Passion and dedication only begin to describe Amelia Barragan's commitment to CHOC Children's.


Gail

Gail
Diabetic Teen Completes Run of her Life


Layla

Layla
Layla is now living a tube-free life and enjoys food and meal times


Susan

Susan
Susan Patcha loves watching parents leave the NICU with their healthy new baby.


Liz

Liz
Diabetes Educator, Liz Beko, helps patient get his holiday wish


Kameelah

Kameelah
Kameelah Williams’ smile greets every patient who enters CHOC Children’s preoperative unit.


Alexis

Alexis
Teen cancer patient plans for her future.


Maria

Maria
Once told she would be confined to a wheelchair. Maria can now look forward to rollerskating.


Sawyer

Sawyer
Little Sawyer had a rare metabolic disease. Even more rare was the team assembled to treat him.


Mason

Mason
Emergency Brain Surgery Saved Mason's Life


Hunter

Hunter
Hunter's mom didn't plan for a premature delivery. Luckily we did.


Dr. Lam

Dr. Lam
Dr. Lam went from gravely-ill child to Pediatric Pioneer.


Jessica

Jessica
Jessica Oviatt, child life specialist at CHOC Children's, helps kids relax before surgery.


Sophia

Sophia
The amazing battle of Sophia the Strong.


Jarrett

Jarrett
Jarrett was a high school freshman, excelling academically and in sports, when he began experiencing headaches, nausea and difficulty with walking. After three weeks of no improvement, his parents took him to CHOC Children’s Hospital.


Spencer

Spencer
Spencer's 2-year nightmare ended with innovative IVIG therapy


Michael

Michael
Micheal Driscoll was 15 when he was diagnosed with stage III melanoma. Today, he is in remission.


Jeffrey

Jeffrey
Multiple seizures interfered with Jeffrey's development and made him unable to walk or function.


Camron

Camron
Camron receives life-saving surgery after being transferred to the PICU at CHOC at Mission.


Eric

Eric
CHOC's Music Therapist Eric Mammen Provides Unique "Medicine" for Kids


Garrett

Garrett
Shortly after Garrett was born, his parents received the news that he had a quadruple heart defect.


Dr. Goodman

Dr. Goodman
Dr. Gary Goodman is a "Hospital Hero"


Paige

Paige
Life is an adventure for a young girl who has faced many challenges.


William

William
William, now healthy and happy, became “The Best Eater” among his kindergarten classmates!


Dr. Aminian

Dr. Aminian
Internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Afshin Aminian finds his true calling


Lauren

Lauren
Lauren Gray describes life at "Camp CHOC" during her stay for surgery to correct Pectus Excavatum.


Barbara

Barbara
Because of her family’s history, Barbara McDavid decided that she wanted to work with cancer patients.


Lance

Lance
CHOC NICU Graduate Scores a Big Victory


Dr. Clark

Dr. Clark
Dr. Clark discovered her passion and brought it to CHOC.


Cianna

Cianna
Cianna's poor vision does not dull her bright vision of the future.


Juleah

Juleah
CHOC Children’s has been Juleah Walsh’s home away from home.


West Coast University

West Coast University
West Coast University Donates More than $2.2 Million to CHOC Children's


Juneau

Juneau
After some innovative surgical procedures, Juneau is now symptom-free and thriving, living life as a child should.


Junior

Junior
Junior's mom could not afford a wheelchair for her 8 year old son, but CHOC associates made it possible.


Christopher

Christopher
Christopher's attitude and outgoing personality helped him survive his cancer.


Jace

Jace
Young burn victim beats the odds after being given a 10 percent chance of survival.


The Griffith Family

The Griffith Family
The Griffith Family hopes to create a legacy of philanthropic values for generations to come.


Maddie

Maddie
For a teen volunteer, the patients' smiles are her greatest rewards.


Ashley

Ashley
Ashley Zook explains how CHOC gives parents power by letting them feed and hold their babies.


Nadia

Nadia
When Nadia came to CHOC Children's she needed serious help.


Danny

Danny
Former CHOC Patient Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Successful Transplant


Nathasha

Nathasha
Exceptional care at CHOC Children's helps baby diagnosed with rare breathing disorder.


Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani's fashion sense enabled her to help one of her favorite charities--CHOC.


Mark

Mark
CIO Mark Headland keeps patients connected to what's important in life.


Colette

Colette
Being a case coordinator allows Colette to be an advocate for the Cancer Institute’s patients.


Erica

Erica
5-year old girl survives congenital heart condition and fatal lung disease.


Nicole

Nicole
"Our jobs are heartbreaking and rewarding all at once. I know I never want to work anywhere else. Ever."


Danielle

Danielle
CHOC Nurse and CHOC radio Volunteer Danielle Vasquez is a Kid at Heart.


Ron

Ron
The teamwork involved in caring for our patients makes CHOC unique.


Megan, Matthew and Jacob

Megan, Matthew and Jacob
The Triumphant Trio and the calamities they clobbered.


Molly

Molly
Less than a year after undergoing corrective spinal surgery at CHOC Children's, this seventh grader recently sunk her cleats into the grass and played her heart out.


Zachary

Zachary
CHOC Doctor uses minimally invasive procedure to correct chest deformity.


Kim

Kim
CEO Kimberly Cripe epitomizes those who work tirelessly for the well-being of children.


Ron

Ron
Ron Mascio shares what inspired him to enter the nursing field.


Charlie

Charlie
Charlie’s failure to thrive diagnosis has been replaced with a license to thrive.


Talan

Talan
Mari Smith learned that faith in the NICU team - and in her son's strength - made the difference.


The Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks flock to CHOC to spread cheer to patients and their families.


Monique

Monique
Monique Holley fought to survive for her first two months. Now her future looks bright.


Ryan

Ryan
Fast thinking and a quick response by the CHOC at Mission trauma team helped save a young boy's life.


Jenee

Jenee
Jenee, a two-time survivor, knows what it is like to live through and be treated for cancer.


Sarah

Sarah
Sarah Birdzell only weighed 1 1/2 pounds at birth.


Danny

Danny
Danny Allan, RN, brings experience as a patient to his role as a CHOC Children's caregiver.


Nina

Nina
Baby brought to CHOC Children's undergoes risky surgery to remove brain tumor.


Dr. Lubinsky

Dr. Lubinsky
Dr. Paul Lubinsky Provides Intensive Care to Children - and their Parents


Daniel

Daniel
Daniel Pickett's rise in snowboarding is noteworthy, particularly given the fact he was born with "bilateral club foot."


Cassidy

Cassidy
Cassidy started kindergarten one month after the major open-heart surgery that saved her life.


Janet

Janet
Janet and the After Cancer Treatment Survivorship (ACTS) team dedicate themselves to survivors.


Nathan

Nathan
Nathan Akiyoshi receives surgery at CHOC to repair holes in heart.


Faith

Faith
Faith doesn't let anything slow her down.


Dr. Muhonen

Dr. Muhonen
World-class neurosurgeon, Michael Muhonen,M.D., treats his patients and their parents like family.


Zoey

Zoey
Zoey's mother will never forget the collaboration between CHOC Children's and Hoag.


Safia

Safia
Safia’s family is overwhelmed at how fast her daughter’s life changed and is extremely everything grateful to everyone involved with her care at the program.


Nathan

Nathan
CHOC Children's helped Nathan when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.


Cesar

Cesar
Cesar Galvan is able to walk again thanks to treatment and physical therapy at CHOC.


Riley

Riley
The Meuniers find answers - and life-saving treatment - at CHOC


Harry Winston, Inc.

Harry Winston, Inc.
The American fine diamond jeweler and watchmaker, has selected CHOC to be a recipient of the new Harry Winston Hope Collection™ bracelet.


Seth

Seth
Like most kids, seven-year-old Seth couldn't wait to grow up.


Maureen

Maureen
Maureen Garrett believes she learns as much from her patients and families as they do from her.


Sheila

Sheila
All in a Day's Work for CHOC Nurse Sheila Dunning


Kenta

Kenta
It all started on a beautiful spring day when Kenta discovered the perfect pirate accessory – a stick.


Nicole

Nicole
Blood donations from friends and family helped save Nicole's life.


Carla

Carla
Carla Daum has a passion for working with oncology patients.


Derek

Derek
Derek came to us with water on the brain, and now, thanks to surgery, he's back in the pool.


Dr. Yost

Dr. Yost
CHOC Children's anesthesiologist helps children relax before their operation.


Garrett

Garrett
A super team of doctors and nurses at CHOC Children's treat Garrett, a pint-sized super hero.


Vinny

Vinny
Diabetes doesn't slow top ranked baseball player.


Dr. Downes

Dr. Downes
Dr. Maureen Downes uses her experience as a working mother to help other working mothers.


Brett

Brett
Outstanding research efforts enable Brett to live with CF


Brianna

Brianna
1-year old survives nearly fatal infection


Megan

Megan
Megan El-Hinn was destined to be an oncology nurse. In fact, you might say that it is in her blood.


Linda

Linda
Clinical director is proud of the technical skill and dedication of her nursing team.


Airic

Airic
Complex heart valve surgery saves boy's life.


Katie

Katie
Katie's journey to beat leukemia began at CHOC Children's, and ended in success.


Dr. Zupanc

Dr. Zupanc
Dr. Mary Zupanc is the medical director of the CHOC Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and chief of the division of neurology.


Dr. Minon

Dr. Minon
Dr. Minon shows her strong commitment to CHOC and the community it serves.


Adam

Adam
Baby Survives Rare Congenital Disorder


Christy

Christy
Child life specialist, Christy Campo, makes cancer a little less scary


Zoe

Zoe
A second opinion gave Zoe the chance to look forward to a normal childhood.


Megan

Megan
CHOC Children's helped Megan who complained for years that she had trouble swallowing food.


Ryen

Ryen
Intense Feeding Therapy Frees Young Boy from G-Tube


Cynthia

Cynthia
Cynthia's passion for CHOC is evident in everything she does on - and off - the job!


Hope

Hope
Hope knew exactly where she wanted her philanthropic funds to go - to help the children.


Dr. Katz

Dr. Katz
Dr. Katz has grown CHOC’s gastroenterology division to better meet the needs of the patients and families.


Gene

Gene
As a father and a second-generation male nurse, Gene Paredes enjoys educating new dads.


Shanna

Shanna
Child Life Specialist Shanna's own experience helps patients feel comfortable during their stay.


Dog Volunteers

Dog Volunteers
Pet therapy dogs play a vital role in the treatment of patients.


Dr. Abdenur

Dr. Abdenur
Dr. Abdenur and his team are blazing new trails in the field of metabolic disorders - helping save precious lives


Ryan

Ryan
The Christopher family's nightmare gets happy ending.


Ruth

Ruth
Ruth McCarty addresses the whole mind, body and spirit through the use of alternative therapies.


Ellen

Ellen
Ellen works with families to provide and coordinate specialized care for her patients.


Michael

Michael
Michael Ramsey has accomplished much in the six months following a tragic, traumatic brain injury.


Spencer

Spencer
When Spencer began having seizures, his mother had no idea what kind of battle lay ahead for her little boy.


Kathleen

Kathleen
Kathleen Adlard is full of passion for our patients.


Nancy

Nancy
Nancy Kuntz, a nurse practitioner, is an expert in the transplant process.


Sarah

Sarah
An ordinary trip to the store becomes an extraordinary experience for a CHOC nurse - and a frantic mother


Jackson

Jackson
Jackson's Cancer is in Remission - Thanks to CHOC


Alexa

Alexa
Walking for the Gift of Life.


Sam

Sam
Sam was given a diagnosis most parents have never heard of: eosinophilic esophagitis.


Julie

Julie
Julie Messina is a physician assistant who specializes in oncology.


Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest helped make an in-house radio station a reality for CHOC's kids.


Anita

Anita
Anita Murphy’s career began far away from CHOC Children’s.


Miles

Miles
Mother and son bond during the road to recovery.


Allison

Allison
After her corrective spinal surgery at CHOC Children’s, Allison Sihilling gained 2 ½ inches in height – and a whole new perspective.


Julene

Julene
For more than 20 years Julene Schenk has been caring for cancer patients at CHOC Children’s.


Dr. Anas

Dr. Anas
Dr. Anas feels a strong personal commitment to the children and parents of Orange County.


Sarah

Sarah
Sarah loves robots. Especially the one that saved her life.


Christina

Christina
Type I diabetes has not kept Christina off the playing field.


Sarah

Sarah
Diagnosed with leukemia, Sarah gets cutting-edge treatment at the CHOC Cancer Institute.


Della

Della
Caitlin and Chad Calder are Grateful for Second Chances


Tina

Tina
Tina Templeman's career has changed over the years, but her dedication has remained.


Colin

Colin
Family's long battle with baby's illness creates strong bonds with CHOC nurses and doctors.


The Law Family

The Law Family
McKenzie Law is convinced that the doctors and nurses at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital saved her son’s life.


Olivia

Olivia
A fragile beginning strengthened her heart.


Juan

Juan
Thanks to the CHOC Heart Institute, Baby Juan will grow up to steal the hearts of many admirers.


Delphine Lee

Delphine Lee
Foundation Board Member Delphine Lee has been affiliated with CHOC for 24 years.


Sharon

Sharon
Sharon Bergeron ensures our nurses are equipped to provide our patients with superior care.


Dana

Dana
Dana Sperling, a social worker at CHOC Children's, is an advocate for family members.


Linley

Linley
When Linley's parents found out their baby would need surgery, they knew where to go: CHOC Children's.


Jerry and Jeremy

Jerry and Jeremy
Since 2006, father and son Jerry and Jeremy Wilcox have had a standing date every eight weeks at CHOC Children’s. Together, they roll up their sleeves and donate blood.


Phil

Phil
Phil Schwartz, PhD, speaks about using stem cell research to understand the disease of autism


Keturah

Keturah
CHOC Children's family helps Keturah face her health challenges.


Brant

Brant
Experience at CHOC leads Brant Whiting to make a positive difference in the lives of others


Paige

Paige
CHOC was there for the Harmon family when the unexpected happened.


Dr. Starr

Dr. Starr
For congenital cardiothoracic surgeon, Joanne Starr, no two hearts are alike.


Josie Y. S. Lee

Josie Y. S. Lee
Grateful Grandmother Donates $1.5 Million to CHOC.


Nora

Nora
When Nora Higa was settling on a career, her main interest was helping people. She found that and more as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.


Shonda

Shonda
Shonda Brown is the clinical registered dietitian for the CHOC Children’s Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic.


Mary Ella and Justina

Mary Ella and Justina
Young philanthropists use their talents to raise money for CHOC Children's.


Sara

Sara
Sara suffered from cerebral palsy, and came to the CHOC Neuroscience Institute for treatment.


Rachel

Rachel
Rachel Rosenblum helps comfort patients with cuddly bears and messages of encouragement.


Johnny

Johnny
Johnny knew that eventually he would come to CHOC for treatment - but not until he was ready.


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