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. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn is an associate 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.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s research activities focus on the effect of exercise on growth, and cardiopulmonary function in patients with cystic fibrosis. His mission is to utilize exercise to the furthest extent as a therapeutic tool in helping them achieve a better quality of life and a longer life expectancy. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn has published a number of original articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn performs the following specialty procedures, flexible larngoscopy, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar, pulmonary function test and sleep study interpretation. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s clinical interests include asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic cough, cystic fibrosis, and neuromuscular lung disease. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn speaks fluent English and Thai.

Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s philosophy is to provide the best care possible to all his patients and watch them grow up healthy.

Clinical Interests

asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic cough, cystic fibrosis, neuromuscular lung disease

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


CHOC Specialty Center – Newport Beach
500 Superior Ave. 140
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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


  • 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

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

Administrative Appointments

  • Pulmonology, CHOC Specialists

Editorial Boards

  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Case Reports
  • Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology

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