Dr. David L. Gibbs, Medical Director, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

A respected physician leader, Dr. Gibbs serves as director of trauma services at CHOC and is the CHOC Specialists division chief of pediatric surgery. Dr. Gibbs’ clinical interests include neonatal surgery, perinatal counseling, pediatric laparoscopic surgery and hernia surgery. He is affiliated with the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Orange County Medical Association.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Gibbs is board certified in both pediatric and general surgery. Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. Gibbs attended medical school at Ohio State University. He completed both his internship and residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Gibbs completed a fellowship in fetal surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, Fetal Treatment Center, and fellowships in pediatric surgery at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto.

Recognized as an expert in his field, Dr. Gibbs consistently receives the annual Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence award. He has received the Marshall Bartlett Research Fellowship and the Medical Staff award at Ohio State University. He is actively involved in patient care advocacy within the community and at the state level. Dr. Gibbs speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Gibbs believes in caring for each family as he would want his own family treated, and is committed to providing the most leading-edge care possible with the utmost compassion.


CHOC Specialists – Pediatric Surgery
505 S. Main St, Suite 225
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-364-4050
fax: 714-364-4051

CHOC Health Center – Mission Viejo
26691 Plaza, Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 714-364-4050
fax: 714-364-4051


  • Medical School
    Ohio State University, Columbus
  • General Surgery Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Fetal Surgery Clinical Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco Fetal Treatment Center
  • General Surgery Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Pediatric Surgery Clinical Fellowship
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York
  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
    Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Trauma
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Surgery
    CHOC Specialists

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Orange County Medical Association

Our pediatric general and thoracic surgeons commonly perform the following surgeries: 

  • David L Gibbs MD
    • Appointments:
    • Office: 714-364-4050
    • Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
    • Board Certified: Pediatric Surgery, Surgery
    • Additional Languages: Spanish
    • On Staff at: CHOC Hospital in Orange and CHOC at Mission Hospital


Dr. David Gibbs - choosing a surgeon

The Importance of a Pediatric Surgeon

Children are not just “little adults.” Dr. David Gibbs talks about the importance of choosing a specially trained pediatric surgeon.

Dr. David Gibbs - anesthesia and surgeons

Kids and Surgery: Dr. David Gibbs

Dr. David Gibbs addresses questions about anesthesia, and why a pediatric surgeon and hospital can make a difference.

Opening of Seacrest Studio at CHOC Children's

Seacrest Studios Grand Opening

CHOC was recently joined by Ryan Seacrest, the Ryan Seacreat Foundation, 102.7 KIIS-FM & a host of celebrities to celebrate the opening of Seacrest Studios.


Dr. David Gibbs

Tips for Minimizing Scarring After Surgery

In this episode of CHOC Radio, Dr. David Gibbs discusses tips for minimizing scarring after surgery.

Dr. David Gibbs

The Importance of a Pediatric Surgeon

Children are not just “little adults” and when possible, should be treated by a physician who is specially trained in pediatrics.

Health Topics

Smiling boy holding teddy bear with nurse at bedside

Kids and Surgery

To prepare your child for surgery parents should understand and work through their concerns, because if the parents are scared, the child will be scared.