Dr. Neal Nakra, Medical Director, Pediatric Pulmonary

Dr. Neal Nakra, Medical Director, Pediatric Pulmonary

  • Neal Nakra MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-8622
  • Specialty: Pulmonology
  • Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine

Dr. Nakra is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He services as Medical Director of the Pulmonary division and the Sleep program. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Nakra graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, Texas. He completed his pediatrics residence at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, New York. He served his pulmonary disease fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Under his leadership, the CHOC Sleep Center has increased in volume and has become one of the largest programs in the state. Dr. Nakra continues to grow the program further and to work with CHOC pediatric subspecialties on developing treatment programs. “Sleep inherently deserves multidisciplinary treatment with other pediatric subspecialties,” says Dr. Nakra, who is working with CHOC otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons and endocrinologists. “One of the joys of practicing pulmonary and sleep medicine at CHOC is the ability to collaborate on a multidisciplinary platform, pick the brains of the best and brightest in the fields, and work together to help the kids of Orange County.”

Neal Nakra MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Specialists, Pulmonology
1201 W La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-509-8622
fax: 714-509-3601

CHOC Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave. Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329

CHOC Health Center – Mission Viejo
26691 Plaza, Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

CHOC Health Center Huntington Beach
19582 Beach Blvd, Suite 380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648+

CHOC Center for Children’s Health
Building: Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care, UCI Health – Irvine
19200 Jamboree Rd., Suite 2000
Irvine, CA 92612


  • Medical School
    University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Pediatrics Residency
    St Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, NY
  • Pulmonary Disease Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine, CA

Administrative Appointments

  • Pulmonology, CHOC Specialists
  • Division Chief, Pulmonary
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Program (Sleep Center), CHOC

Our pulmonologists commonly treat: 

  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Pediatric sleep disorders/sleep apnea
  • Upper airway abnormalities
  • Infant apnea
  • Pulmonary complications of complex medical conditions
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Congenital lung abnormalities
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Respiratory syncytial virus prevention

Lectures – Grand Rounds

  • CHOC, Orange, CA – Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis for Neonatal Airway Obstruction: Optimizing Outcomes with Evidence-Based Patient Selection and Virtual Surgical Planning
  • Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA – Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pediatrics
  • CHOC, Orange, CA – Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Whittier, CA – Advances and Updates on Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pediatrics

Lectures – CME

  • CHOC, Orange, CA – Panel Discussion: Pediatric Sleep Disorders. Update in Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Disorders
  • UCI, Irvine, CA – Polysomnography and the diagnosis of OSA in children. UCI ENT Residency Graduation CME course.


Dr. Neal Nakra and Dr. Marni Nagel
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