Dr. Mustafa H. Kabeer, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Mustafa H. Kabeer, Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

  • Mustafa H Kabeer MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-364-4050
  • Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
  • Board Certified: Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • Additional Languages: Gujarati, Hindi

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer is a pediatric general surgeon in Orange County, Ca. He was the first physician to perform pediatric lung resection in the world. He was the first physician to perform robotic surgery at CHOC and has since performed many robotic tumor resections. Dr. Kabeer is one of only a few surgeons in the region who performs minimally invasive pectus excavatum surgery, also known as the Nuss procedure. Dr. Kabeer is at the forefront of investigating new and innovative ways to treat patients, and he has been a leader in the research of surgical robotics. In addition to robotic surgery, Dr. Kabeer’s clinical interests include neonatal surgery, perinatal counseling, pediatric laparoscopic surgery and hernia surgery.

For over 10 years, Dr. Kabeer has been engaged in the investigation of the use of autologous splenic lymphocyte reinfusion to augment vaccine efficacy against gram negative encapsulated organisms. He has a background in tumor cell vaccine and cytokine research and is interested in working with stem cells in order to grow small intestines. He is currently researching the use of Raman spectroscopy in the diagnosis of pediatric tumors and in the diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s disease.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Kabeer is board certified in general surgery, pediatric surgery and surgical critical care. Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. Kabeer attended medical school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed both his internship and his residency training at Indiana University and served his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Mustafa H Kabeer MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange and CHOC Mission Hospital.


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

More About Dr. Kabeer

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UC Irvine
  • Pediatric Surgery, CHOC Specialists
  • Medical School Columbia School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • General Surgery Residency Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis
  • Non-Degree Program, The Immunology of Cancer Indiana University Graduate School
  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Wayne State University, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Orange County Medical Association’s Physicians of Excellence
  • UCI Residents Teaching Award for Best Pediatric Surgeon
  • Pectus excavatum (sunken chest)
  • lung resection
  • hernia
  • robotic surgery

Dr. Kabeer's Publications

Research Focus

  • Autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Surgical robotics
  • Stem cells
  • Cytokine response to injury
  • Immunology

Articles Featuring Dr. Kabeer

Pectus excavatum patient, Brock, looks seriously into the camera with arms folded, wearing volleyball jersey.

A new treatment strategy for pectus excavatum (PE) or “sunken chest” reduced pain and recovery time for a budding athlete.

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"Sunken chest" - Pectus Excavatum procedures for

Backed by a promising study, CHOC surgeons implement new pectus excavatum treatment that utilizes cryoablation.

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Damian smiling with lights and ornaments, celebrating 5 months of age

Baby born with ectopia cordis grows and prepares for multiple corrective surgeries by a large team of CHOC experts.

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Maternal-fetal care center

The multidisciplinary, expert fetal team from CHOC and UCI gives infants, like Damian with ectopia cordis, the best chance at survival.

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Male scientist looking through the microscope

Outside the operating room, the 7 physicians who make up CHOC’s pediatric general and thoracic surgery team also are excelling in research.

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CHOC’s COVID-19 hotline helped one mom get clarity on where to bring her son for care during a pandemic. He had appendicitis, and is now doing well.

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Adalie's Story: Pectus Excavatum Surgery
Adalie’s Story: Pectus Excavatum Surgery

Adalie developed a depression in her chest, and she began experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath that limited her dancing abilities.

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer - surgery on a newborn baby
When a Baby Needs Surgery

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer explains how surgery is performed on a newborn baby, and the special care they receive in the Surgical NICU.

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer - skin lumps
When a Child Has a Skin Lump

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer explains why skin lumps occur in children and how they are treated.

Dr. Mustafa Kabeer - robotic surgery
Gallstones and Robotic Surgery

Dr. Kabeer, CHOC pediatric surgeon, discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment of gallstones.

Why Dr. Mustafa Kabeer choose pediatrics and CHOC Children's
There’s No Place Like CHOC: Dr. Kabeer

Pediatric Surgeon Mustafa Kabeer, MD, tells us why CHOC is a great place to work and why he chose pediatrics as his specialty.