Dr. James P. Cappon, Pediatric Critical Care

Dr. James P. Cappon, Pediatric Critical Care

  • James P Cappon MD
  • Office: 714-509-8620
  • Specialty: Critical Care
  • Board Certified: Critical Care
  • Additional Languages: Spanish

Dr. James Cappon is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine and provides the full range of tertiary-level critical care procedures, with expertise in mechanical ventilation and management of respiratory failure. He sees patients at CHOC Hospital in Orange.

Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. Cappon attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and his fellowship training in pulmonology and critical care at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, CHOC and the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care/Pulmonology.

Research Focus

Patient safety, quality improvement, pediatric transport

James P Cappon MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Hospital
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868


Dr. Cappon is dedicated to studying best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. His past and current research has focused on adverse event triggers in pediatric intensive care units; improved assessment, triage and safety for pediatric transport; and reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Cappon is currently co-investigator in eight studies at CHOC, including studies looking at genomic analysis of pediatric systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sedation management in pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure, and therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest. He is involved in several studies dealing with influenza and a prospective cohort study looking at pertussis in U.S. children.

In all, Dr. Cappon’s research into patient safety, quality improvement and pediatric transport helped make CHOC a leader in pediatric transport medicine. In fact, CHOC is in the top five pediatric transport hospitals in the nation. Also because of his expertise, Dr. Cappon has presented throughout the country on critical care, pediatric transport, patient safety and quality.

More About Dr. Cappon

Critical Care, CHOC Specialists
Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine

Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Medical School
University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California

Fellowship - Critical Care/Pulmonology
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Orange County/Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care/Pulmonology
American Academy of Pediatrics
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American College of Physician Executives
American College of Healthcare Executives
Ramirez R, Pickar T, Frens S, Cappon JP, Cleary JP. Capnography: A Better Way RT For Decision Makers in Respiratory Care; rtmagazine.com; January 2009.
"Reducing Patient Harm"
"Reducing non-ICU Codes"
"Quality and Patient Safety Update"
"Upper Airway Emergencies"
"Care Guidelines Update"
"Early warning systems to detect patient deterioration"
"Septic Shock"


Dr. James Cappon tours the CHOC Children's Bill Holmes Tower
The New Holmes Tower

In this video Dr. James Cappon gives us a tour of the new Holmes Tower at CHOC Hospital in Orange, featuring the new technology.


HIMSS Award, Drs. Feaster and Cappon

CHOC recently became the first children’s hospital on the West Coast-and only third in the nation- to receive the Enterprise Davies Award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Nurse with dad and son in the reception area
What Parents Need to Know About Patient Safety

CHOC is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the nation and just two in the state to be named a 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital.