- Surgery - Pediatric, General Surgery
I have been in full-time clinical practice since 1982. My special interests are newborn surgery and minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures. These are routinely used for many procedures including: gallbladder removal, appendectomy and thoracic cyst removals.
The operating scope can significantly shorten operating time, hospital stay and recovery time. Neonatal procedures have covered the full spectrum including major vascular procedures and the separation of conjoined twins. To most effectively meet the needs of the diverse population of greater Los Angeles, my practice is multi-lingual and multicultural.
I am the current Chief of Pediatric Surgery at LBMMC and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Science and at the University of California, Irvine.
The surgical needs of children and adolescents differ from adults. The best surgical care for children is provided in a pediatric surgical center that tailors its care and environment to the unique needs of children. Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach has the newest, state-of-the-art Pediatric Surgical Center in the region – dedicated exclusively to infants, children and adolescents. From the kid-sized dressing rooms to the pre-op playroom, the entire Pediatric Surgical Center is designed to offer a comfortable and family friendly environment while children and their families prepare for surgery.