CHOC Children’s Health Center Opens in Huntington Beach

Children in Huntington Beach and surrounding communities now have access to quality pediatric specialty care much closer to home, thanks to the opening of CHOC Children’s Health Center in Huntington Beach on Oct. 17.

In the new, state-of-the-art facility, CHOC offers the following pediatric specialty care services in a convenient, family centered-care environment:

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

CHOC will continue to provide additional services in cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology, nephrology, neurology, rheumatology and pediatric surgery just minutes away at our Newport Beach health center.

CHOC Children’s Health Center in Huntington Beach is located at 19582 Beach Blvd., Suite 380, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

To make an appointment with plastic surgery or pulmonology, please call 1-888-770-2462. For urology appointments, please call 714-509-3919.

CHOC Children’s Grand Rounds Video – NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate – Dr. John Cleary & Dr. Amir Ashrafi

Many controversies exist in the cardiovascular management of neonates. This grand rounds video presented by Dr. John Cleary and Dr. Amir Ashrafi strives to fill the knowledge gaps by emphasizing the importance of multi-disciplinary interaction, state-of-the-art technology, and the most current research. The video also includes neonatology history and the latest patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) therapy.

Given that most cardiac surgical repairs occur in the neonatal period, it is imperative that the NICU and CVICU teams learn from each other to provide the best care possible. This grand rounds video will be of interest to physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows, residents and other allied health professionals who specialize in neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric intensive care and cardiothoracic surgery.

In addition to this grand rounds presentation, CHOC is proudly offering an exciting, first-of-its-kind national academic meeting “NeoHeart: Cardiovascular Management of the Neonate” on March 11-14 in Huntington Beach. The inaugural meeting promotes the brightest minds in neonatal cardiovascular medicine.

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CHOC Experts Discuss Sports Injury Prevention

Early specialization and lack of diversity are more common in young athletes today and can increase the chances of injury, two CHOC Children’s experts tell “American Health Journal.”

A lack of rest and chronic repetitive stress can lead to overuse and injuries, say Dr. John Schlechter, a CHOC orthopedic surgeon, and Mollee Smith, a physical therapist at CHOC. Following an injury, CHOC clinicians work with both the child and the family to ensure proper healing and future injury prevention.

Learn more about sports injury prevention in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 40 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

John Schlechter, D.O., attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He completed a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis fellowship at Children’s Hospital San Diego as well as a post-fellowship preceptorship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, Calif.

CHOC Children’s Grand Rounds Video – When Animals Attack!: A Primer on Zoonoses for the General Pediatrician – Dr. Jennifer Green

“When Animals Attack!: A primer on zoonoses for the General Pediatrician” is a quick review of animal borne diseases. The presentation, given by Dr. Jennifer Green, provides physicians with guidelines for approaching patients who might have animal borne diseases. The presentation also delves deeper into some of the more common zoonoses seen in kids.

Zoonoses, when appropriate, should be thought of in differential diagnoses. This is important because while rare individually, zoonoses as a whole are not uncommon and can be dangerous when missed. Please note that vector borne diseases are excluded from this discussion since there was a recent Grand Rounds on the topic. Diseases that are highlighted are Cat Scratch disease, Typhus, Tularemia, Leptospirosis and Brucella.

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Drs. Sharief Taraman, Jonathan Romain Discuss Concussions

Even minor concussions can cause lingering symptoms, two CHOC Children’s specialists tell “American Health Journal.”

Concussions can cause physical effects like headache and nausea, as well as emotional symptoms such as irritability and easy frustration, say Dr. Sharief Taraman, a pediatric neurologist, and Dr. Jonathan Romain, a neuropsychologist.

Learn more about concussions, including prevention, in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 40 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

Sharief Taraman, M.D., attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and went on to complete residency training in pediatrics and pediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Jonathan Romain, Ph.D., completed his pre-doctoral internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston and a two-year APA accredited fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Medical College of Wisconsin.