CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Kenneth Kwon, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.
Q: What is your education and training?
A: I completed undergraduate studies at Cornell University, medical school at Columbia University, an internship at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, and an emergency medicine residency at UC Irvine. I am board-certified in both pediatrics and emergency medicine.
Q: What are your administrative appointments?
A: I am the Director of Pediatric Emergency Services and the current Chief of Staff elect at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.
Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: Pediatric trauma and injury prevention.
Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?
A: Eleven years.
Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: Fractures, head injuries, lacerations, febrile illnesses, and abdominal pain.
Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?
A: We are a comprehensive general ED and trauma center with an emphasis on pediatric and family-centered care. We have pediatric-friendly facilities including a pediatric waiting area and child life services, and we have the resources of a children’s hospital in our building and at our fingertips.
Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: CHOC is on the forefront regionally and nationally when it comes to patient safety and quality care, and that is not more evident than in the emergency department. I have worked in over ten emergency departments in my career, and I can safely say that the ED at CHOC at Mission is top-notch when it comes to timeliness and scope of care, facilities and staff.
Q: Why did you decide to become an emergency medicine physician?
A: During pediatric residency, I was particularly interested in high acuity care. I was deciding between neonatal/pediatric intensive care and pediatric emergency medicine. But I missed treating adults and the elderly, so I decided to pursue a second residency in emergency medicine. Now I get the best of both worlds, which is treating high acuity patients of all ages, with a particular emphasis on children.
Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: I would have become a music producer. I’ve always loved music and even dabbled as a disc jockey in college. I was never good at singing or dancing.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: Golf, family time, listening to obscure 80’s one-hit wonders, and sampling local microbrews.
Q: What was the funniest thing a patient told you?
A: An adage in pediatric emergency care is when a child comes in with a nosebleed, you don’t ask if he picks his nose, you ask him which finger he uses. When I asked this question to one of my pint-sized patients, he answered that he used all of them, and then proceeded to demonstrate by sticking each of his 10 fingers in his nose individually. It was priceless.