In the Spotlight: CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Surgery

“I would never live in a community that doesn’t have a children’s hospital,” says Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, a CHOC Children’s Specialists pediatric surgeon.

Dr. Kabeer and his three partners – all fathers – firmly believe that ill or injured children require the clinical expertise and compassionate, family-centered care unique to pediatric facilities, like CHOC Children’s.

“Kids aren’t small adults.  From tiny newborns to adult-sized teens, each pediatric patient deserves access to the technology, environment and people that can only be found at a children’s hospital.  Here at CHOC, everything we do – each and every day – is focused on children.  We deliver a high level of care in a friendly setting that promotes collaboration among staff and families,” explains Dr. Kabeer. 

Philosophy of Caring
Together, Dr. Kabeer and his partners, Dr. David Gibbs, Dr. Troy Reyna and Dr. Saeed Awan, abide by a philosophy of care that engenders trust between them and their patients and families. More specifically, they treat their patients like they’d want their own children treated.  Similarly, they treat the parents the way they’d want to be treated.

“We encourage parents to come to us with questions so they can learn as much as possible.  As parents, we would do the same thing if we were in their shoes. They need to do whatever they can to feel like they are being good parents, and we want to partner with them in that effort.  We have the same goal:  getting their kids better,” says Dr. Gibbs.

This commitment is extended to referring physicians.

“Physicians in the community should always feel comfortable contacting us.  We answer their calls directly and get their patients seen promptly.  With telemedicine and additional technological advances, we’re always exploring ways to extend our reach into the community,” says Dr. Reyna. 

Scope of Services
In addition to performing the more common surgeries, such as hernia repair, the group offers minimally invasive surgery, the Nuss procedure (for the repair of Pectus Excavatum), robotic surgery and thoracic surgery.  With the addition of Dr. Reyna, approximately two years ago, and Dr. Awan, about eight months ago, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Surgery has increased the scope of clinical activities, performing an increasing number of thoracic surgeries and treating more cases of inflammatory bowel disease, for example.

“One of the reasons my colleagues and I chose this specialty is the breadth and depth of our field.  We completed one of the longest pathways in the U.S. medical system to become pediatric surgeons.  This training prepared us to operate in a number of areas, from the neck to the pelvic region.  And these are the areas in which we have performed thousands of surgeries throughout our years of practice.  As a group, we bring this experience – and the rigorous training it took to get here – to our patients and their families,” says Dr. Awan.

Commitment to CHOC
As advocates for their patients and families, as well as the broader medical community, the pediatric surgeons are actively involved at the hospital.

Dr. Gibbs is president of the medical staff and the interim medical director of pediatric trauma. 
Dr. Kabeer has served on the CHOC Children’s board of directors and currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty, Inc. board of directors.  All four physicians are active on various committees and in resident training.  All are involved in CHOC’s surgical neonatal intensive care unit, which they created in partnership with the hospital’s neonatology division.

“We couldn’t imagine being the kind of physicians we strive to be without a deep connection to the hospital.  It’s been very rewarding to be a part of CHOC’s recent evolution, which gives us a greater ability to care for our kids,” says Dr. Kabeer.

With a primary office in Orange, CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Surgery has offices in Corona, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach. To refer a patient, please call 714-364-4050.

Dr. Troy Reyna Discusses Lumps, Bumps in Children

Though commonly found in children, lumps and bumps are don’t always require surgery, Dr. Troy Reyna, a pediatric surgeon at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

These conditions can occur anywhere under the skin, and are commonly found in the head and neck region, says Dr. Reyna.

Learn more about lumps and bumps 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 www.discoverhealth.tv.

Troy Reyna, M.D. is board certified in pediatric surgery and general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Reyna is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in chemistry. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Reyna served his pediatric surgery fellowship at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

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

Dr. Troy Reyna discusses hernias in children

While they are acquired in adults, hernias in children are caused by a non-closure of a normal opening, Dr. Troy Reyna, a pediatric surgeon at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

Hernias in children are commonly found in the naval or groin, and a hernia’s bulge may be apparent at all times or only when a child is crying or coughing, says Dr. Reyna.

Learn more about hernias in children in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates and reaches 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 www.discoverhealth.tv.

 

Troy Reyna, M.D., is board certified in pediatric surgery and general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Reyna is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in chemistry. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Dr. Reyna served his pediatric surgery fellowship at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

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