Visitor Restrictions at CHOC Beginning Jan. 26

Due to anticipated cases of the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the community, and for the safety of our patients, families and staff at CHOC Children’s Hospital, visitor restrictions will be implemented starting today, January 26 to March 31, 2015 (these dates may change due to early or late circulation of virus).

Please share the following guidelines with your staff, as well as your patients and families being admitted to CHOC:

  • Only two parents/guardians who are well will be permitted to visit during January 26 – March 31.
  • For hospitalizations extending beyond two weeks, parents may complete a visitor restriction exemption form, listing four surrogate names.
  • The use of masks, gowns and gloves will be enforced as appropriate. Proper hand washing is necessary each time you enter and exit your child’s room.
  • Patients in isolation and their parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the playrooms or visit other patient rooms.
  • When your child is visiting public areas in the hospital (given approval from your child’s physician), please remember to use good hand hygiene and stay 3 feet away from others.

In addition, all physicians visiting patients at CHOC will need to show proof of influenza vaccination or will be required to wear masks. For physicians who have privileges at CHOC and have CHOC ID badges, the 2014-2015 pink flu stickers on your badges will be sufficient proof.

Thank you in advance for your valued partnership in helping us to protect the well being and safety of the children and families we serve.

Dr. James Cappon to Lead Discussion on Optimal Resuscitation at Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit

CHOC is pleased to announce that Dr. James Cappon, chief quality officer, CHOC Children’s will form part of an expert panel discussing optimal resuscitation at the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit, to be held Jan. 23-24, at the Hotel Irvine. The summit will convene top leaders from the patient, provider, medical technology, employer, and public policy communities to address current patient safety challenges.

Hosted by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, the summit will cover early detection of sepsis, optimal resuscitation and provider and patient assertiveness. Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address on the first day of the summit, and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address on the second and final day of the summit.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, addresses issues tied to patient safety, including working to reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Conference Tackles Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

SAYAO-LogoIn a contrast to its inaugural year, the 2014 Society of Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) Conference focused entirely on a specific type of cancer: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Instead of again focusing on general psychosocial aspects of cancer treatments in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population, this year’s approach allowed attendees to explore survivorship disparities between adult patients and the AYA population, Dr. Leonard Sender, SAYAO founder and medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s, told “The Huffington Post.”

Held Oct. 6 through 8 at UC Irvine, “Breaking Barriers in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” drew about 250 attendees, including 60 speakers and delegates. For more coverage of the conference, as well as a video, read “The Huffington Post” article.

The 2013 conference covered general psychosocial aspects of cancer treatment in adolescents and young adults. Read an in-depth summary of the 2013 conference, including links to its coverage on “The Huffington Post.”

Learn more about SAYAO.

In the Spotlight: Kevin Huoh, M.D.

Kevin Huoh, M.D. Born with a lymphatic malformation, Dr. Kevin Huoh brings uncommon insight into the care he provides for patients with head and neck disorders. Dr. Huoh is helping CHOC expand the Hemangioma Clinic to become the Hemangioma and Vascular Anomalies Program, which will treat hemangiomas, venous and lymphatic malformations, as well as all vascular anomalies.


“If I can help one child the way doctors have helped me, their work will not have been in vain.”

Those words were spoken in 2003 by class valedictorian Kevin Huoh, as he prepared to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Southern California. He was headed toward a career in medicine and already knew exactly what he wanted to do: pediatric otolaryngology.

Ten years later, after further distinguishing himself at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford Hospitals and Clinic, Dr. Huoh returned to Southern California to open his practice.

“I was born to do this,” Dr. Huoh often says. And indeed he was.

Dr. Huoh spent the first six months of his life in a NICU. Born with a lymphatic malformation, he lived with a tracheostomy tube and endured more than 90 surgeries over the next eight years.

The physicians who treated him probably never dreamed their patient would grow up with such profound gratitude and desire to give back. But Dr. Huoh clearly meant what he said all those years ago.

His goal is to help expand CHOC into the premier center for pediatric otolaryngology in Southern California, in addition to providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary, evidenced-based care for children with vascular anomalies.

“I truly believe that all children with pediatric head and neck disorders should be evaluated at a tertiary children’s hospital like CHOC,” Dr. Huoh said. “My goal is to expand our service to reach more children throughout the region.”

Board-certified in pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Huoh’s clinical interests include congenital and acquired head and neck tumors, vascular malformations, surgical therapy of sleep apnea, endoscopic airway management and otologic surgery.

During his fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Dr. Huoh received many awards and honors. However, the Seymour Cohen Prize from the American Broncho-Esophagological Association for his research into pediatric airway management. was a highlight of his early career. Dr. Cohen was Dr. Huoh’s own pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles all those years ago.

Additionally, Dr. Huoh has coauthored articles that have appeared in several medical journals, including The Laryngoscope and Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. He has contributed several medical textbook chapters, including “Infantile Hemangiomas of the Head and Neck,” for Pediatric Clinics of North America: Pediatric Otolaryngology. 2013.

From the IVs and repeated surgeries, to not being able to go swimming and having to face down school bullies — Dr. Huoh well remembers what it was like to grow up with a chronic medical condition. And when the occasion warrants, he will share his own personal story with patients and families.

In doing so, Dr. Huoh hopes to foster understanding and inspire hope. It’s yet another way of thanking the team of physicians who helped him so early in life.

Fluent in conversational Mandarin and Spanish, Dr. Huoh is in practice at CHOC Children’s Specialists in Orange. For more information or to arrange a referral, please call 714-633-4020.

Neurology Clinic at CHOC Moves to New Location

Our neurology clinic has moved to a new location: CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Center (formerly CHOC Children’s Neurology Clinic), 505 S. Main Street, Suite 350, in Orange. As of Jan. 12, 2015 we are serving our neurology patients in this beautiful space.

The new, spacious location features 15 exam rooms with large monitors for viewing test results; several team conference areas; a patient and family-friendly reception area with learning and gaming centers; and wider hallways and a plate- push front door in consideration of our patients and families using wheelchairs. The expanded space allows for future growth, including the launch, by the end of this month, of our tuberous sclerosis program.

The move supports CHOC’s ambulatory strategy, including the expansion of the CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute, a center of excellence that attracts patients from across the country.

Please note our hours of operation and phone numbers, including the scheduling number, remain unchanged.

If you have any questions, please call 714-509-7601.

To schedule a patient referral, please call the Patient Access Center (PAC) number at 1-888-770-2462.