UCI/CHOC Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program

The UCI/CHOC Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program aims to prepare well-rounded pediatric surgeons who are academically, clinically and professionally able to meet the demands of an ever-changing landscape in medicine. The two-year program is accredited by ACGME. The core faculty of the fellowship comprises eight pediatric surgeons, each with unique and complementary clinical, research and administrative skills.

The training and education of medical students, residents and fellows has been a longstanding focus of CHOC. Each year, CHOC trains about 290 residents and fellows from 38 different training programs, along with 190 medical students.

pediatric surgeons at CHOC

    • Contact Us
    • UCI/CHOC Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program
      505 S. Main St.
      Orange, CA 92868
      Phone: 714-364-4050
      Fax: 714-364-4051
    • Cesar Plascencia
      Program Coordinator
      cesar.plascencia@choc.org
      Phone: 714-509-8866

About the Program

Duration: 2 years
Rotations: The fellowship will include four month-long elective rotations in the first year including NICU, PICU, ENT and urology.
Prerequisite training: Applicants should have completed requirements of the American Board of Surgery (five years in an approved general surgical residency program in the U.S. or Canada) by the time of the desired appointment, and at that time, they must be licensed to practice medicine in the state of California. ATLS certification is also required.

PGY-6 salary: $99,500 per year including benefits
PGY-7 salary: $105,000 per year including benefits
Housing allowance: $8,000 per year
Vacation: 4 weeks per year
Professional development: APSA conference (year 1), AAP conference (year 2), educational courses
There is strong institutional support for research with provision of administrative assistants, research coordinators and biostatisticians. Pediatric surgery fellows will be encouraged to take advantage of this infrastructure to advance their academic interests.
Year 1: 8 months of pediatric surgery, 1 month each of NICU, PICU, ENT, urology
Year 2: 12 months of pediatric surgery
CHOC
Fellows will spend the majority of their time at CHOC, a tertiary care, freestanding children’s hospital serving a diverse population in the sixth most populous county in the nation. Ranked as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News and World Report, CHOC’s main hospital is a 334-bed facility that boasts a 92-bed level IV NICU, 30-bed PICU and 12-bed cardiovascular ICU. CHOC’s ECMO program is designated as a Gold Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. CHOC’s Emergency Department is a 22,000-square foot, full-service, 24/7 ED and an ACS-verified level 2 pediatric trauma center, working toward level 1 designation this year. CHOC has seven main operating theaters, four minor procedure rooms, a dedicated cardiac surgery operating room, a cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology suite, and is presently adding two more operating rooms. Each of the main operating rooms are equipped with state-of-the art equipment for minimally invasive surgery. We provide robust training in oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and fetal diagnosis and management. We offer the full complement of regularly scheduled educational conferences, such as grand rounds, M&M, Maternal Fetal Care Conference, GI-Surgery conference, ECMO conference, trauma M&M and more. Learn more about CHOC’s division of pediatric general and thoracic surgery.

University of California, Irvine
UCI is the only academic health system in Orange County and has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for 20 consecutive years. It is dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, teaching future healers and the delivery of the finest evidence-based care. The UCI Department of Pediatrics boasts numerous nationally renowned divisions and a 45-bed, state-of-the-art, level III NICU that provides excellent medical and surgical care to a wide-range of neonatal conditions. In addition, high-risk perinatal deliveries occur at UCI Medical Center; newborns with complex surgical needs may be treated at UCI or transferred to CHOC. Learn more about the UCI Department of Surgery.
Applications are accepted through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS) and we participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Surgical Volumes

We are proud to offer a robust operative experience. Our pediatric surgery fellow will be exposed to the breadth of pediatric surgery, including a large neonatal operative volume. Here is a list of selected cases for two separate two-year periods. Whenever possible, these cases are performed using a minimally invasive approach.

pediatric surgery volumes

Faculty

Reyna, Troy M. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050

Dr. Troy Reyna is a board-certified pediatric surgeon at CHOC, specializing in pectus excavatum, hernias and hyperhidrosis.

Gholizadeh, Maryam MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr Maryam Gholizadeh is a board-certified pediatric surgeon who performs general and thoracic surgeries on infants, kids and teens at CHOC.

Guner, Yigit S. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr. Yigit Guner is a board-certified pediatric surgeon who performs general and thoracic surgeries on infants, kids and teens at CHOC.

Yu, Peter T. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050

Dr. Peter Yu is a board-certified pediatric surgeon at CHOC, performing all types of general surgery and specializing in neonatal surgery, perinatal counseling, pediatric laparoscopic surgery and hernia surgery.

Awan, Saeed MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr. Saeed Awan is a board certified pediatric general and thoracic surgeon who treats children and teens at CHOC in Orange County.

Kabeer, Mustafa H. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer is a board-certified pediatric surgeon at CHOC, performing all types of general surgery and specializing in pectus excavatum (sunken chest), lung resection, hernia and robotic surgery.

German, John C. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-361-4480
Office: 714-361-4480

Dr John German is a board-certified general surgeon at CHOC.

Gibbs, David L. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-364-4050
Office: 714-364-4050

Dr. Gibbs is a pediatric surgeon, also serving as director of trauma services at CHOC and division chief of pediatric surgery.

Lam, Vinh T. MD

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Appointments: 714-361-4480
Office: 714-361-4480

Dr. Vinh T. Lam is a board-certified pediatric surgeon who is on medical staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange.

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