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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. Starr

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


Maureen

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


Dr. Minon

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


Della

Della
Caitlin and Chad Calder are Grateful for Second Chances


Juan

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


Nina

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


Linley

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


Ryen

Ryen
Intense Feeding Therapy Frees Young Boy from G-Tube


Layla

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


Jesse

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


Phil

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


Barbara

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


Dr. Lam

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


William

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


Nathan

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


Dr. Sender

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


Danny

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


Hunter

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


Argyros Family

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


Ellen

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


Cesar

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


Hope

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


Dr. Goodman

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


Juneau

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


Nancy

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


Michael

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


Shonda

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


Danielle

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


Charlie

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


Keturah

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


Dr. Aminian

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


Christy

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


Dr. Anas

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


Anita

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


Sheila

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


Colette

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


Monique

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


Megan, Matthew and Jacob

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


Danielle

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


Ron

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


Brant

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


Ryan

Ryan
The Christopher family's nightmare gets happy ending.


Junior

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


Sarah

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


Maria

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


Daniel

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


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."


Colin

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


Spencer

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


Ryan

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


Kameelah

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


Paige

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


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.


Dr. Yost

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


Danny

Danny
Former CHOC Patient Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Successful Transplant


Nadia

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


Olivia

Olivia
A fragile beginning strengthened her heart.


Lance

Lance
CHOC NICU Graduate Scores a Big Victory


Allison

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


Johnny

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


Sawyer

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


Kenta

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


Amelia

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


Dr. Kukreja

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


Alexa

Alexa
Walking for the Gift of Life.


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.


Dr. Winokur

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


Jace

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


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.


Dog Volunteers

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


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.


Liz

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


Dr. Dhar

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


Sara

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


Sarah

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


Kim

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


Cassidy

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


Sarah

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


Faith

Faith
Faith doesn't let anything slow her down.


Garrett

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


Vinny

Vinny
Diabetes doesn't slow top ranked baseball player.


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.


Seth

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


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.


Nicole

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


Airic

Airic
Complex heart valve surgery saves boy's life.


Riley

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


Michael

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


Carla

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


Julene

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


Mark

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


Megan

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


Garrett

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


Josie Y. S. Lee

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


Gwen Stefani

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


Katie

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


Dr. Downes

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


Gene

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


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.


Megan

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


Cianna

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


Mason

Mason
Emergency Brain Surgery Saved Mason's Life


Linda

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


Dr. Abdenur

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


Ruth

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


Dr. Muhonen

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


Sharon

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


Janet

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


Delphine Lee

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


Madison

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


Ron

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


Dr. Clark

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


Dana

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


Paige

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


Juleah

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


Brett

Brett
Outstanding research efforts enable Brett to live with CF


Zoe

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


Ryan Seacrest

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


Jackson

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


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.


Sam

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


Tina

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


Deborah

Deborah
Deborah Borrmann is an allergy and immunology medical assistant.


Sophia

Sophia
The amazing battle of Sophia the Strong.


Gail

Gail
Diabetic Teen Completes Run of her Life


The Anaheim Ducks

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


Brianna

Brianna
1-year old survives nearly fatal infection


Lauren

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


Eric

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


Amanda

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


Garrett

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


Mickey and Friends

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


Jenee

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


Shanna

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


Michele

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


Kathleen

Kathleen
Kathleen Adlard is full of passion for our patients.


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.


Spencer

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


Zachary

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


Nathan

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


Dr. Chang

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


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.


Dr. Krumins

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


Cynthia

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


Susan

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


Adam

Adam
Baby Survives Rare Congenital Disorder


Christopher

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


Jessica

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


Julie

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


Mary Ella and Justina

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


Evi

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


Camron

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


Dr. Lubinsky

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


Nathasha

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


Derek

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


Christina

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


Ashley

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


Alexis

Alexis
Teen cancer patient plans for her future.


Sarah

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


Rachel

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


Talan

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


West Coast University

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


Dr. Katz

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


Zoey

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


Miles

Miles
Mother and son bond during the road to recovery.


Jeffrey

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


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