Meet Dr. Svetlana Gorodetski

CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Svetlana Gorodetski, a hospitalist at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.

Svetlana GoradetskiQ: What is your education and training?
A: I attended medical school and had my residency at UC Irvine.

Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: Hospital medicine

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

Q: What are your most common diagnoses?

A: Asthma exacerbation, pyelonephritis, acute febrile illness in neonates, appendicitis, pneumonia, bronchiolitis and acute gastroenteritis

Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?
A: At CHOC Mission, we are a 24/7, attending-only service, easily accessible to outside pediatricians not only if they are in need of hospitalizing a patient but also for any advice or opinion they might need from a hospitalist. We create a continuum of care, starting with outpatient pediatrician and continuing into hospital care, and communicating with the pediatrician upon the patient’s discharge.

Q:  What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: At CHOC Mission, we have a very coherent and devoted group of physicians committed to providing excellent care 24 hours a day.

Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I wanted to be able to deliver care necessary to sick children at the time when they needed it most.

Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: A veterinarian. I love pets! Just like our children, they bring happiness and love into people’s lives.

Dr. Katherine Andreeff Discusses Bacterial, Viral Infections

Patient history and physical examinations are sometimes not enough to determine whether an infection is viral or bacterial, Dr. Katherine Andreeff, a hospitalist at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

In these cases, blood work and imaging may be required to make an accurate diagnosis, says Dr. Andreeff. Hand-washing and vaccination can help prevent infections, whether bacterial or viral.

Learn more about infections and key questions parents should ask physicians in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 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

Katherine Andreeff, M.D., attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed her pediatric training including a chief residency at CHOC Children’s. She is active in meningitis research and has published a chapter on renal tubular acidosis.

Get more information about referring patients to CHOC, including a referral information directory, services directory and referral guidelines.