Meet Dr. Paul Yost

CHOC wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Paul Yost, a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Q: What is your education and training?

A: I attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine; completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Miami, and a second residency in anesthesiology at University of California Los Angeles.

Q: What are your administrative appointments?

A: Chair of the department of pediatric anesthesiology, board member of CalOptima, secretary/treasurer of the Orange County Medical Association, and past president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?

A: Pediatric cardiac anesthesia, neonatal mandibular distraction, difficult airway management, pediatric pain.

Q: Are you involved in any current research?

A: Yes, a study in our pediatric cardiac babies along with surgeons, neurologists, and ICU specialists, as well as working on clinical pathways for some of our more painful surgeries as well as sedation in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

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

A: 24 years.

Q: What are some new programs or developments within your specialty?

A: Pediatric pain, neonatal mandibular distraction, regional anesthesia for kids (nerve blocks for post-operative pain).

Q: What are your most common diagnoses? A: Pediatric congenital heart disease.

Q: What would you most like patients and families to know about you or your division at CHOC?

A: The CHOC pediatric anesthesiology faculty rival any children’s hospital anywhere in the world.

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

A: The care and focus on children’s health, from the CEO of the hospital and throughout every department.

Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?

A: In college, my girlfriend’s father was a very special physician who was incredibly full of life and adventure. I wanted to be like him!

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

A: A professional sailor. Sailing and the ocean have always been my passion and my sanctuary.

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

A: Surfing, kitesurfing, sailing, tennis, and politics.

Q: What have you learned from your patients?

A: Humility and respect.

CHOC Specialist Appointed to CalOptima Board

A CHOC specialist has been appointed to CalOptima’s board of directors.

Dr. Paul Yost, chair of CHOC’s anesthesiology division, was sworn in Aug. 4.

Paul Yost, M.D.

He was appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors as one of six new members to guide the agency that administers health insurance programs for low-income children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County.

“I am honored to join the CalOptima Board of Directors,” Dr. Yost said. “This role presents an exciting opportunity to serve our community’s children and families in a new way.”

He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Yost performed his anesthesiology residency at UCLA and his pediatrics residency at the University of Miami.

Dr. Yost’s CalOptima seat is reserved for a physician who is affiliated with a contracted health network. His term ends in August 2020.

2015 CHOC – UC Irvine Child Health Research Awards

We are pleased to announce that we just completed another round of the CHOC – UC Irvine Child Health Research Awards, our annual call for proposals that enhance research collaborations between CHOC and UC Irvine and further the Mission, Vision and strategic aims of the CHOC-UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan. Intended to support research and collaboration in targeted areas of research excellence that align research strengths for focused growth and maximal translational impact, our call this year specifically solicited applications for two funding mechanisms, Pilot Collaborative Research Awards and Clinician Investigator Awards.

Child Health Research Award - UC Irvine Infographic

Pilot Collaborative Research Awards are intended to provide funds for collaborative projects in need of initial start-up funding to enable procurement of other independent support. These awards are designed to promote novel, translational research efforts that coalesce talented clinicians and researchers from CHOC and UC Irvine. Projects bring investigators from multiple disciplines from CHOC and UC Irvine together to identify targets for improved diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a pediatric health problem relevant to the goals of the CHOC-UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan.

Clinician Investigator Awards are intended to provide funds for clinician-investigator initiated projects in need of funding to advance study into a clinically relevant and important topic that has a high likelihood of impacting clinical practice and the positive experience of pediatric/ adolescent patients and their families. Priorities are given to proposals that are closely aligned with the research themes identified in the CHOC – UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan. Projects identify targets for improved diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a pediatric health problem relevant to the goals of the CHOC-UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan. Collaborations between CHOC and UCI faculty are strongly encouraged, but not required.

This year we received 18 proposals, an increase of 13% over last year, covering a wide range of topics and specialties. After external academic peer reviews and committee discussions, we decided to fund 6 projects, 3 Pilot Collaborative Research Awards and 3 Clinician Investigator Awards.

Congratulations to the well-deserving recipients of the 2015 awards! They are listed below, in order of award type and Principle Investigator’s last name.

Pilot Collaborative Research Awards.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gurpreet Ahuja

Collaborators: Drs. Nguyen PhamKevin Huoh, Naveen Bhandarkar, Carolyn Coughlan, Joon You

Project Title: NIR Imaging of Pediatric Sinuses

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tami John

Collaborators: Drs. Lilibeth Torno, Daniela Bota, Grace Mucci, Mary Zupanc, Jack Lin

Project Title: Cognitive Training to Promote Neuroplasticity and Neural Re-circuitry in Chemotherapy

Associated Cognitive Impairment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Calvin Li

Collaborators: Drs. John Weiss, Hong Yin, William Loudon

Project Title: A Tunable Engineered Tissue Graft Model for Repair of Traumatic Brain Injury


Clinician Investigator Awards

Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio Arrieta

Collaborators: Drs. Katrine Whiteson, David Michalik

Project Title: Addressing the Fear Factor in Neonatal Serious Bacterial Infections: Distinguishing E Coli From Bacteremia, Urinary Tract Infection, and Bacteremic Urinary Tract Infection in Infants <28 Days vs. >28 Days to 90 Days Old by Pairing E. Coli Genome Analysis with Clinical Data


Principal Investigator: Dr. Joanne Starr

Collaborators: Drs. Richard Gates, Sharief Taraman, Mary Zupanc, Paul Yost, Michele Domico, Juliette Hunt, Tammy Yoon, Kimberley Lakes

Project Title: Seizures and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Mild Hypothermic Cardiopulmonary Bypass


Principal Investigators: Dr. Sharief Taraman and Ruth McCarty

Collaborators: Drs. William Loudon, Frank Hsu

Project Title: The Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a Complementary Treatment of Pediatric and Young Adults with Post-Concussive Syndrome