Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn
Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, M.D. is a CHOC Specialist in Pulmonology board
certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and General Pediatrics. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn
is an associate professor in the department of Pediatrics at UC Irvine.
Dr. Tirakitsoontorn served his fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at
UC Irvine/Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, California. He
served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and completed his residency training
program at Seton Hall University, Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City,
New Jersey. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn received his doctorate at Chulalongkorn
University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Tirakitsoontorn was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Clinical Director of Pediatric Pulmonology
Division at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn
was the Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center and attending physician at Bumrungrad International Hospital in
Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s research activities focus on the effect of
exercise on growth, and cardiopulmonary function in patients with cystic
fibrosis. His mission is to utilize exercise to the furthest extent as
a therapeutic tool in helping them achieve a better quality of life and
a longer life expectancy. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn has published a number of
original articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Tirakitsoontorn performs the following specialty procedures, flexible
larngoscopy, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar, pulmonary function test
and sleep study interpretation. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s clinical interests
include asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic cough, cystic
fibrosis, and neuromuscular lung disease. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn speaks fluent
English and Thai.
Dr. Tirakitsoontorn’s philosophy is to provide the best care possible
to all his patients and watch them grow up healthy.
Dr. Anchalee Yuengsrigul
Chief Pulmonologist at CHOC
Dr. Yuengsrigul is a pulmonologist who specializes in the treatment of
asthma, chronic lung disease, apnea and sleep related respiratory disorders.
She completed a pulmonology clinical and research fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and a pediatric pulmonology fellowship
at Miller Children’s Hospital through the University of California,
Irvine. Dr. Yuengsrigul completed her pediatric residency training at
the Ramathibodi Hospital at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and
at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Her medical training
was completed at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is board
certified in pediatric pulmonology.
Dr. Chana I. Chin
Dr. Chin is board certified in pediatric pulmonology who treats kids and
teens in Orange County.
Dr. Susan Gage
Dr. Susan Gage is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist. Dr. Gage completed
her fellowship and training in pediatric pulmonary medicine at Stanford
Children's/LPCH at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.
Dr. Gage residency in pediatric medicine was completed at the University
of California, Irvine, CA. Her research focus was in chronic lung disease
of infancy or bronchopulmonary dysplasia and she continues to have a special
interest in this area.
Dr. Hanna Hong
Dr. Hong is a pulmonologist is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric
pulmonology and sleep medicine and treats kids and teens in Orange County.
Dr. Sunil P. Kamath
Dr. Sunil Kamath is board certified in Pediatrics and specializes in Pediatric
Pulmonology. He treats children with conditions of chronic cough, asthma,
pneumonia, chronic lung disease of infancy, aerodigestive problems, airway
abnormalities, sleep disorders, ventilator dependent patients, and cystic
Dr. Kamath attended medical school at Saint Louis University. He completed
his pediatric internship, residency and fellowship training in Pulmonology
at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is the medical director of
Respiratory, Pulmonary, and Blood Gas Services at CHOC Children’s
Dr. Neal Nakra
As medical director of the CHOC pediatric sleep program, Dr. Neal Nakra
leads the team in performing sleep studies and analyzing data to further
the study of relationships between sleep and obesity, metabolic syndrome
and other pediatric conditions.
Dr. Nakra graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical
School at San Antonio, Texas. He completed his pediatrics residence at
St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, New York. He served his pulmonary
disease fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Nakra is triple board certified in pediatrics, pulmonology and sleep
Cecile H. Itagaki RN, MN, CPNP
PEDIATRIC NURSE PRATICITIONER
Cecile H. Itagaki is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s
Hospital of Orange County, Division of Pulmonary Medicine. "I have
practiced pulmonary medicine at Children's Hospital of Orange County
and at WHMC Subacute for over 20 years. My heart is always with children
which lead me to work with the Pediatric population. At WHMC, we strive
to give our patients exceptional care and to live out their best lives
despite being in a hospital setting."