Meet Dr. Jennifer Ho

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Jennifer Ho, a pediatric hospitalist.

Dr. Jennifer Ho

Q: What is your education and training?
A: UC Irvine School of Medicine, class of 2007. CHOC Children’s pediatric residency, class of 2010.

Q: What are your administrative appointments?
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital Medical Staff Executive Committee member-at-large; member of the Medical Staff Performance Committee at CHOC at Mission.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?
Care of the hospitalized pediatric patient, infectious diseases, evidence-based medicine and optimization of the electronic health record.

Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?
A: Six years

Q: What are some new programs or developments within your specialty?
A: I am excited that the field of pediatric hospital medicine is growing and will soon be a nationally board-certified recognized specialty.

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: Asthma, bronchiolitis, dehydration and seizures

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?
A: We now provide 24/7 attending coverage in the hospital at both CHOC Children’s Hospital and CHOC at Mission to ensure the highest quality of care for Orange County children. We pride ourselves on communication and are always available to help facilitate transition of care.

Q:  What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: As a mother of two young children, it is very comforting to know that if they ever need medical care, CHOC provides the highest quality of care in a family-friendly environment.

Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?

A: I decided to become a doctor when I was diagnosed with a heart problem in high school. I thought the human body was fascinating and I wanted to be able to help patients through their problems and get the most out of life.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: I would own a used bookstore with an attached coffee shop and spend my days reading old books and drinking coffee.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: Being a mommy to my two little kids, being outside, reading and playing volleyball.

Q: What was the funniest thing a patient told you?
A: From a 3-year-old girl: “I want to be a doctor like you … but only for unicorns and fairies.”

 

Meet Dr. Kenneth Kwon

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.

CHOC Children’s Honored as a National Leader in Driving Employee Engagement

CHOC Children’s was recently awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2016 Workplace Transformation Award and the Workplace of the Year Award for its commitment to fostering and maintaining high levels of employee engagement. CHOC is the only organization to receive both awards.

“CHOC’s mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children is accomplished through ongoing feedback from our employees. Engaged employees are more innovative, enthusiastic, productive and committed to provide the very best patient and family care. This critical feedback that CHOC leaders receive each year, drives our commitment to our employees to be the best place to work,” said Tom Capizzi, CHOC’s vice president, human resources.

Engaged employees, as defined by The Advisory Board Company – a leading health care, research and education performance improvement firm – are those who exhibit both loyalty and commitment to the organization. The award recognizes CHOC’s commitment to creating a best-in-class work environment for its employees.

“Our award winners have demonstrated an impressive ability to inspire an increasing level of engagement in their staff – among the largest transformations across the country,” said Steven Berkow, executive director, Survey Solutions at The Advisory Board Company.

CHOC was among five award recipients to receive the Workplace Transformation Award, and among 20 award recipients to receive the Workplace of the Year Award.

In the Spotlight: Jessica McMichael, M.D.

A new orthopaedic surgeon with special training in orthopaedic trauma has joined the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute team. Dr. Jessica McMichael specializes in the care and treatment of fractures and a variety of pediatric musculoskeletal disorders, including limb and foot deformities, and cerebral palsy.

Jessica McMichael, M.D.

“There is incredible talent here,” Dr. McMichael says proudly of her team. “Several of my colleagues have been amazing mentors.”

Dr. McMichael is working with the CHOC team to develop a multidisciplinary comprehensive bone health program, which would serve children with osteogenesis imperfecta, muscular dystrophy and other conditions that impact bone health.

After completing medical school and her residency at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. McMichael served as an orthopaedic surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. Later, she provided trauma care training to military personnel as an adjunct faculty at the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. McMichael completed her pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California/UC Davis Medical Center.

It was during her fellowship at Shriners that Dr. McMichael became captivated by her young patients’ resilience.

“It was so invigorating to take care of someone who just wanted to play and get better,” she says. “It’s like kids are programmed to do well. That helps in their care and recovery.”

A fierce advocate for families, Dr. McMichael strongly believes in treating her patients and their parents exactly how she would want herself and her family to be treated.

“I like to take the time to listen to their questions,” she explains. “I know that if they’re at the clinic or hospital, they have probably taken time from work, school or other duties, and I want to show them that their time is valuable to me.”

This dedicated physician is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, among other professional organizations.

In her spare time, Dr. McMichael enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, camping, and any Disney-related activities.

To contact Dr. McMichael, please call 714-633-2111.

Learn more about the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute.

Meet Dr. Sarah S. Field

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Sarah Samimi Field, pediatric allergist and immunologist.

Dr. Sarah Field

Q: What is your education and training?

A: I attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatric/Adult Allergy and Immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?

A: Eosinophilic esophagitis, asthma, urticaria, food allergy and allergic rhinitis.

Q: Are you involved in any current research?

A: We have been actively enrolling patients in research trials for asthma, chronic urticaria, eczema and allergic rhinitis for many years.

Q: How long have you been on staff at CHOC?

A: Almost four years.

Q: Are there any new programs or developments within your specialty? 

A: Yes, in our EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) clinic; see CHOC’s EoE website. I collaborate with GI and nutrition to offer a one-of-a kind EoE clinic for Southern California and beyond.

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?

A: Asthma, seasonal and perennial allergies, food allergy and eczema.

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?

A: As allergists we also treat and manage asthma. We also encourage any patient with food allergy to be evaluated in our clinic for management and testing. We do a lot of education that patients and families can benefit from. In addition, we see both adult and pediatric patients in our practice.

Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered at CHOC?

A: As a parent myself of two young children, I am always motivated to treat my patients with the same care I would want for my own family. I like to empower our patients with the information and newest research available to make the best decision for the treatment of their specific conditions or diseases. I am always humbled to take care of patients who have been part of our practice since they were children, some of them have been with us for over 30 years. Many times they bring their children, even grandchildren!

Q: At what moment did you decide you wanted to be a doctor?

A: I decided at a very young age I wanted to pursue medicine, motivated in part by my father who is also a physician.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?

A: I would pursue a creative job, I love stationery and invitations. I love the sentiment and whimsical nature of a handwritten note as paper seems to be obsolete these days.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

A: I love spending time with my family. I’ve recently also started Pilates, it has fast become my new favorite activity.