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!