Eugene Chang – Ophthalmology
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Eric Ball, MD
Angela Dangvu, MD
Meigan Everts, MD
W. Nathan Holmes, MD
Samuel Rosenfeld, MD
Sudeep Kukreja, MD
True McMahan, MD
Perry Eisner, MD
Mussarat Abidi, MD
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CHOC Children’s is pleased to announce that Dr. Sudeep Kukreja, associate medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at CHOC was appointed as president of the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), at an inauguration dinner held July 19 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The event was attended by OCMA members, physicians and community leaders.
Dr. Kukreja said this honor is very exciting. Among the key objectives of OCMA – a component of the California Medical Association – is legislative advocacy. As president, one of his goals is to defeat the ballot initiative pushed by the trial lawyers that would overturn the landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) cap. He also plans to recruit more young doctors to OCMA, explaining that they are our future.
Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Kukreja is board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and has special interests in the management of high-risk infants, apnea and newborn hearing.
Dr. Kukreja, who has been at CHOC for 25 years, served his fellowship and residency at UC Irvine Medical Center and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, respectively. He completed his internship and medical training at King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India. He has published many works and presented numerous lectures. Most recently, he presented at the European Congress Perinatal Medicine (ECPM) international conference in Florence, Italy on breastmilk safety.
Dr. Kukreja is also known for his passion for volunteering. Through his nonprofit organization, Arpan Global Charities, which he started in 2005, he has organized numerous medical missions to developing countries where he and a team of colleagues have treated more than 9,000 patients, performed more than 600 major surgeries, 800 non-invasive procedures and 400 dental procedures. He is planning for his next trip to Tanzania on Aug. 8, making it his 16th medical mission!
CHOC Children’s is pleased to announce that it has been recognized with the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. The award, given by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having evidence-based processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence in extracorporeal life support (ECLS).
CHOC is one of 45 centers internationally to receive the award and three-year designation as an ELSO Center of Excellence for 2014-2017. CHOC is the only Orange County hospital offering ECLS, and was recognized by the ELSO award committee for submitting one of the highest-scoring applications this year.
“This award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional, state-of-the-art patient care and lets them know that they are in the right place,” says Joanne Starr, director of ECLS and surgical director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) at CHOC.
The ELSO Award of Excellence demonstrates an assurance of high-quality standards, collaboration, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members. Additionally, the award is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine as one criterion for top institutions.
ELSO is an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.
CHOC Children’s neonatology has been named one of the nation’s “top 20” by the 2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report. The neonatology ranking showcases the team’s unwavering commitment to the highest standards of patient care and safety.
Dr. Vijay Dhar, CHOC medical director of the NICU attributes the division’s high performance to the specialized service lines at CHOC, including the Small Baby Unit, Surgical NICU, mandibular distraction osteogenesis program, neo-cardiac critical care and NICU Neuroscience program, some of which are the first in the nation. CHOC is also the only Orange County hospital offering extracorporeal life support.
“This award reaffirms the excellent, family-centered care at CHOC,” said Dr. Dhar. “It’s a testament to our standard of quality and to our talented multidisciplinary team.”
CHOC’s NICU is a designated Level 4 NICU – the highest distinction by the American Academy of Pediatrics – with 54 beds, offering tertiary and quaternary care for newborns of any medical and surgical needs. An additional 13 beds are located in the fairly new level II CHOC Children’s NICU at St. Joseph Hospital. The neonatology division is also involved in various research efforts, and is part of the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) and Vermont Oxford Network (VON).
Representatives from NICUs nationwide recently toured CHOC’s Small Baby Unit and learned how to replicate the facility in their own hospitals as part of a conference held by VON. About 50 attendees spent two days at CHOC, touring and attending workshops and roundtable discussions.
In addition to the NICU’s high performance in the survey, CHOC also ranked as the nation’s best in these specialties: cancer, pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and urology.
“As the U.S. News & World Report annual Best Children’s Hospitals survey increases its focus on quality, safety and outcomes, it is not surprising that neonatology in particular and the many other specialties at CHOC have become recognized for their excellence,” said Dr. Jim Cappon, CHOC chief quality officer. “The focus of attention, energy and family engagement that the neonatology team brings to the bedside care of each and every neonate is really quite remarkable,” he added.
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight the nation’s top 50 pediatric facilities in 10 specialties, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation. U.S. News gathers the clinical data through a questionnaire sent to 183 pediatric hospitals. Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources made available at each facility. The remaining one-sixth of the score was derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists.