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

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.

Clinical Interests

Pectus excavatum (sunken chest), lung resection, hernia, robotic surgery

Research Focus

Autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion, Raman spectroscopy, surgical robotics, stem cells, cytokine response to injury, immunology


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


  • 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

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
    UC Irvine

Administrative Appointments

  • Pediatric Surgery, CHOC Specialists

Honors and Awards

  • Orange County Medical Association’s Physicians of Excellence
  • UCI Residents Teaching Award for Best Pediatric Surgeon

Lectures and Presentations

Kabeer, MH, Congenital Anomalies of Neonates; First International Conference On Pediatric Intensive Care, Hangzhou, China, 2011

Kabeer, MH, Congenital Lung Anomalies; First International Conference on Pediatric Intensive Care, Hangzhou, China, 2011

Lieber, C.A., and M.H. Kabeer, Raman Spectroscopic Characterization of Pediatric Tissues, invited talk, Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2009

Lieber, C.A., H.E. Nethercott, J.G. Kim, and M.H. Kabeer, Raman Spectral Detection of Cancer Field Effects, oral presentation, SPEC 2010; Shedding Light on Disease: Optical Diagnosis for the New Millenium, Manchester, United Kingdom, June 2010.


Lieber CA, Nethercott HE, Kabeer MH. Cancer field effects in normal tissues revealed by Raman spectroscopy. Biomed Opt Express. 2010 Sep 20;1(3):975-982.

Lieber CA, Kabeer MH. Characterization of pediatric Wilms’ tumor using Raman and fluorescence spectroscopies. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Mar;45(3):549-54.

Li SC, Kabeer MH, Vu LT, Keschrumrus V, Yin HZ, Dethlefs BA, Zhong JF, Weiss JH, Loudon WG. Training stem cells for treatment of malignant brain tumors. World J Stem Cells. 2014;6(4):432-4.

Research Focus

Autologous splenic lymphoctye reinfusion, Raman spectroscopy, surgical robotics, stem cells, cytokine response to injury, immunology

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

  • 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
    • On Staff at: CHOC Hospital in Orange and CHOC at Mission Hospital


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.