Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, Pediatric Pulmonology

  • Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-8622
  • Specialty: Pulmonology
  • Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, M.D. is a CHOC Specialist in Pulmonology board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and General Pediatrics. He is the Director of Cystic Fibrosis and CFF Therapeutics Development Centers. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn is also a Clinical Professor in the department of Pediatrics at UC Irvine.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn served his fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at UC Irvine/Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, California. He served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and completed his residency training program at Seton Hall University, Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn received his doctorate at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Prior to joining the CHOC Specialits, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Clinical Director of Pediatric Pulmonology Division at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn was the Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and attending physician at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand.

Tirakitsoontorn’s research activities focus on the new therapies in cystic fibrosis. As the Director of CFF Therapeutics Development Center, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn has participated in clinical trials that are searching for new treatments and methods to improve quality of life and life expectancy in children with cystic fibrosis. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s philosophy is to provide the best care possible to all his patients and watch them grow up healthy.

Clinical Interests

cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic cough, bronchoscopy

Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange and CHOC Mission Hospital.


CHOC Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave. Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-457-1362
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
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship
    University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Pediatrics Residency
    Seton Hall University/Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    University of California Irvine, School of Medicine

Administrative Appointments

  • Pulmonology, CHOC Specialists
  • Assistant Medical Director, Pulmonology Division
  • Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Director, CFF Therapeutics Development Center

Lectures and Presentations

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Chronic Cough in Children
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Emerging Therapies
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pediatric Asthma
  • Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pulmonary Technology
  • Wheezing in Children

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Thoracic Society
  • California Thoracic Society

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