Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children & Adolescents Conference Highly Successful

Over 200 participants from across the country attended the 2nd biennial Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children & Adolescents: Current Controversies Conference on January 25-26, 2013, at Disney’s Grand California Hotel and Spa in Anaheim. The notable conference, on the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in children and adolescents, was held jointly by CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine, and chaired by Anjan Batra, M.D. medical director of electrophysiology at the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute.

Open to pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists, electrophysiologists and affiliated professionals involved and interested in the care of young people, the conference included topics on clinical syndromes associated with the risk of sudden death, arrhythmias in the young, use of automated external and implantable defibrillators in children, and screening, with an emphasis on defining levels of evidence and areas of controversy in management decisions.

The opening remarks were given by Ralph Clayman, M.D., Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dan Cooper, M.D., Chair of the University of California, Irvine Department of Pediatrics and Nick Anas, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief at CHOC Children’s. The faculty included many internationally renowned speakers including, Frank Marcus, M.D. from the University of Arizona and Barry Maron, M.D. from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.

Proceedings from the conference are in the process of being published in a renowned pediatric journal.  Excitement is already building for the 3rd Biennial Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children & Adolescents: Current Controversies Conference in 2015. To learn more, please contact Anjan Batra, M.D. at 714-509-3939.

Heart Institute and the New Heart Center: A New Era

In March 2013, the Heart Institute with its new Heart Center begins a new era at CHOC Children’s in caring for children with acquired and congenital heart disease. The new Heart Center will have:

Pictured is one of two state-of-the-art catheterization labs.
Pictured is one of two state-of-the-art catheterization labs.

1.  Catheterization Laboratories with state-of-the-art biplane imaging and hybrid surgery facilities to offer combined cardiac surgery-interventional catheterization expertise;

2.  Echocardiography Laboratory with its advanced cardiac imaging capabilities such as three-dimensional imaging and sophisticated functional assessment;

3.  Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory with full exercise testing equipment by specialized expertise to assess functional capacity in children and young adults;

4.  Electrophysiology Testing Center with pacemaker follow-up and loop recording as well as all outpatient monitoring devices for arrhythmias;

5.  Perinatal Cardiac Center with advanced cardiac fetal imaging and a consult area for maternal-fetal cardiac consultations with experienced perinatal pediatric cardiologists; and

6.  Multidisciplinary Clinic with future plans for multidisciplinary clinics that will gather multiple subspecialists for unique patient populations with special needs and expertise.

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, CHOC Children’s Heart Institute

With the full array of diagnostic testing and expansive clinic area, the new Heart Center and the Heart Institute will be offering the very best in coordinated care for children and young adults with acquired and congenital heart disease in the region.

For more information about the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, please visit
For more information on referring patients, prior authorizations or our cardiodiagnostic, interventional and surgical services offered at the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, please call 888-770-CHOC(2462).

CHOC Children’s Urology Services Now Offered at Mission Viejo Office

The CHOC Children’s Comprehensive Urology Center is proud to announce expanded hours and greater access for South Orange County families at a new Mission Viejo office location with CHOC pediatric urologist Dr. Gordon McLorie.

Gordon McLorie, MD, FRCSC, FAAP
Gordon McLorie, MD, FRCSC, FAAP

Dr. McLorie is a Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program at CHOC and UC Irvine. Dr. McLorie completed his residency at University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in Oncology at University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Harvard Medical School’s Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McLorie will see patients for consults the 2nd and 3rd Thursday mornings of each month, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon in Mission Viejo. Follow up visits with Dr. McLorie can also now be scheduled at the Mission Viejo office.

The Mission Viejo office is located across from Mission Hospital at: 
     27800 Medical Center Road Suite #138
         Mission Viejo, CA 92691
         For appointments, call: (714) 509-3919

CHOC Children’s Pediatric Comprehensive Urology Center in Orange Ranks Among Top Centers
Since opening its doors in 2010, the Urology Center has ranked among the top Urology Centers in the nation, according to US News and World Report. The Urology Center’s staff work closely with pediatricians and other sub-specialists, including nephrologists, endocrinologists, geneticists, neurologists, oncologists and radiologists.

The Urology Center offers a full array of services to help improve the efficiency of a child’s urologic care. In addition to expert consultations, they offer biofeedback, flow rate with EMG, post void residual bladder scans, ultrasound with color Doppler, urodynamics, videourodynamics, and many in-office surgical procedures. The Center also evaluates and counsels expectant mothers who have US-diagnosed fetal urological concerns.

Reconstructive Surgery
CHOC’s pediatric urologists are world-renown in complex reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract for conditions such as:

• Hypospadias and hypospadia revisions
• Cloacal anomalies
• Bladder exstrophy
• Disorders of sexual differentiation
• Minimally invasive surgical procedures and robotic assisted surgery
• Spina Bifida and neurogenic bladder care
• Voiding dysfunction
• Nocturnal enuresis
• Hydronephrosis
• Pediatric stone disease
• Vesicoureteral reflux
• Hernias, hydroceles, and undescended testes

To learn more about the Urology services at CHOC, please visit

CHOC 2020 Strategic Planning Process Making Great Progress

Our CHOC 2020 Strategic Planning process is making good progress.  Six work groups have been formed, each co-led by a CHOC physician and administrative leader.
These groups, which started meeting in December, have been tasked with addressing and developing recommendations related to six key strategic themes that emerged from the work that commenced late last year, including the Strategic Planning Retreat in November and the Physician Strategy Planning Retreat in December. For each of the six strategic areas of focus, a set of initiatives is being developed and will be shared with physician leaders at our next physician retreat which will be held on March 9th. 

Following are the work groups, their respective co-leaders and contact information:

• Engage, Align and Integrate Physicians — Maria Minon, M.D., CHOC Chief Medical Officer : and Jay Gabriel, CHOC General Counsel:

• Deliver High-Quality, Safe Care and an Exceptional Experience — Jim Cappon,M.D., CHOC Medical Director, Quality & Patient Safety: and Paul Van Dolah, CHOC Interim Chief Operating Officer:

• Build the New Healthcare Business Model, Including Preventive and Population Health and Delivering Value Against Measureable Outcomes — Jeff Lobas, M.D.,Chief Executive Officer, CHOC Health Alliance: and Elaine Bauer, CHOC Chief Strategy Officer:

• Define CHOC as an Indispensible Strategic Partner — Sameer Pathare, M.D., CHOC Children’s Specialists Hospitalist: and Elaine Bauer, CHOC Chief Strategy Officer:

• Expand Geographically and Programmatically — Nick Anas, M.D., CHOC Pediatrician in Chief: and Elaine Bauer, CHOC Chief Strategy Officer:

• Increase Research Activity, Innovation and Teaching the Next Generation of Clinicians — Dan Cooper, M.D., Chair, UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics:  and Maria Minon, M.D., CHOC Chief Medical Officer:

We encourage you to take a moment to reach out personally to the work group leaders listed above to ask any questions and/or share your insights and recommendations.

For more information on the planning process, please check out this previous article on the CHOC Docs Blog: .

Meet Our Chief Residents

Having grown up in Mission Viejo, Kirk Mulgrew, M.D., was delighted to return to Orange County for his pediatric residency at CHOC Children’s. Katie Ginder, D.O., immediately knew she wanted to train here when she came for a medical school rotation.

That was four years ago. Both elected to stay on an extra fourth year at CHOC so they could help train the pediatricians and pediatric specialists of tomorrow. As the second team of chief residents to manage two University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children’s combined residency classes, plus third-year CHOC residents, that’s a tall order.

The combined PL-1 and PL-2 classes each have 30 residents. Additionally, Dr. Mulgrew and Dr. Ginder work with the18 residents from the CHOC Children’s PL-3 class, and the UC Irvine PL-3 residents who rotate into the program.

“Our goal is to train excellent physicians,” Dr. Mulgrew said.

What comes next after a year of scheduling, managing and training almost 100 pediatric residents, not to mention all those morning reports?

In a few months, Dr. Mulgrew heads north to Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he will begin a sports medicine fellowship through the University of Washington. Dr. Ginder, looks forward to returning to the Denver area, where she is pursuing general pediatrics practice opportunities.

And we certainly wish them all the best.

Kirk Mulgrew, M.D.
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of California, Davis
Plans: Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital


Katie Ginder, D.O., M.B.A.
Undergraduate: University of Denver
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona
Plans: General pediatrics practice, Denver area