CHOC Children’s wants its medical staff and patients to get to know its growing team of physicians, including primary and specialty care providers. Today, meet one of our pediatricians Dr. Jonathan Auth. After graduating from USC Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency at UCLA, for which he served as chief resident. He’s been on the CHOC medical staff for seven years.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: I am especially interested in newborn care.
Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: I see a lot of patients with fevers, viral upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, gastroenteritis, asthma, allergy, rhinitis, rashes and eczema. I also provide well child care.
Q: When did you decide to become a pediatrician?
A: Growing up in a large family with seven brothers and sisters, I always enjoyed being around children. As a young child, I enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. Combining my love for fixing things and my personality as a people person, it became clear to me in high school that I was called into a life of medicine.
Q: If you weren’t a physician, what you be and why?
A: A teacher. So much of what I do every day is teaching and explaining how the body works. I love having the answer and being able to see the look of understanding develop on another person’s face as he or she comprehends a concept for the first time.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?
A: I enjoy gardening, woodworking, food, wine and the cinema.
Q: What’s the funniest thing a patient said to you?
A: Children really do view the world differently. Referencing my patients’ charts during office visits, I will frequently acknowledge recent birthdays. Patients are often in awe, wondering how I knew it was their birthdays.
Dr. Auth and his colleagues at Sea View Pediatrics, are part of the CHOC Children’s Primary Care Network. You can reach him at 949- 951-5437.