Dr. Anjan Batra Discusses Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Though rare, sudden cardiac arrest can be due to a range of underlying cardiac conditions, a CHOC Children’s cardiologist tells “American Health Journal.”

This can occur at anytime, but more often during sports activities, Dr. Anjan Batra says. Early indicators may be rapid heart rates, palpitations or chest pain during exercise. Dr. Batra recommends every child undergo a physical exam that includes cardiac screening.

Learn more about sudden cardiac arrest and its 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.

Anjan Batra, M.D., attended medical school at Ohio State University and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.


CHOC Named a 2014 “Most Trustworthy Brand” in Orange County

CHOC, a 2014 Most Trustworthy BrandOrange County residents have voted CHOC Children’s a “Most Trustworthy Brand.” CHOC and several other finalists across multiple categories, were recognized at the 5th Annual Orange County Trust Summit, held on August 19 at Cal State University, Fullerton. This is the third time CHOC has received this notable designation for the health services category.

Organized by DGWB, an advertising firm, OC METRO magazine and Cal State Fullerton, the Most Trustworthy Brands OC survey is based on a research initiative developed by The Values Institute at DGWB. The research is designed to determine the most trustworthy brands in Orange County and the reasons why these businesses and institutions hold the public’s trust over others.

In the online survey given to 1,100 people who live and/or work in Orange County, each brand was measured across a set of statements representing five trust-related values – competence, consistency, concern, candor and connection.

For the article in the OC Register, please click here.

CHOC Physician Engagement Survey Winners

Congratulations to the CHOC Children’s 2014 Physician Engagement Survey winners!

Eric Ball, MD

Angela Dangvu, MD

Meigan Everts, MD

W. Nathan Holmes, MD

Samuel Rosenfeld, MD

Sudeep Kukreja, MD

True McMahan, MD

Perry Eisner, MD

Mussarat Abidi, MD

Thank you to all the physicians who participated in the physician survey. Your support and responses are invaluable and will provide us direction as to how we can continue to improve CHOC Children’s.

Sudeep Kukreja, M.D. Appointed President of Orange County Medical Association

Sudeep Kukreja, M.D., associate medical director of the NICU at CHOC Children's
Sudeep Kukreja, M.D., associate medical director of the NICU at CHOC Children’s

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!