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Physicians of Excellence Criteria

  • 2014

    To be selected for the 2013 Physicians of Excellence honor, applicants were required to meet the following baseline criteria:


    - Be certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a member board of the American Board of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, or an equivalency board recognized by the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California - Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California - Maintain his/her primary practice in Orange County for the last five years - Be in practice within his/her specialty field for the last five years


    Applicant nominees also were required to meet at least two of the following four criteria. The Selection Committee determined whether the applicant met the criteria, and in some instances, discretion was used. 1) Physician Leadership - Recent (within the past three years) positions as an elected or appointed member of a medical organization including but not limited to: chief of staff, member of the medical executive committee, department chair or vice chair, board of director position for Orange County Medical Assn., the California Medical Assn., the American Medical Assn., the American Board of Medical Specialties, or other medical groups. Excludes full-time paid administrative positions, although a paid position as a medical director is acceptable. Read More

How I Survive...

  • How I Survived … My Son’s Rare Blood Disease

    Gus Quinonez of Rossmoor, on his son’s hope for a full recovery and a normal, active life

    My son Kai has aplastic anemia. It’s bone-marrow failure—white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, all of it just stops—and one cure is a transplant. But that’s risky: The survival rate is only about 70 percent, and if it doesn’t take, you lose your child. So you do everything you can before you go to transplant. Read More
  • How I Survived … My Head-On With a Bus

    Fullerton resident Leon Gray, 67, on his recovery from a catastrophic bike accident and two-month coma

    I remember nothing about the accident two years ago. It led to my first and only helicopter ride, cost the insurance company about $20,000, and I don’t remember anything. I was biking by myself and the bus hit me. My head broke the windshield; that’s why I was in a coma. The doctors didn’t know what was going to happen, if I’d ever wake up. Read More
  • How I Survived … The Disease I'm Trained to Treat

    Lisa Curcio, 51, a cancer surgeon and Mission Viejo mother of two, discusses being diagnosed with the disease she’d spent two decades learning to fight

    At George Washington University, I trained in general surgery, and I did additional training in cancer surgery at City of Hope. Then about eight years ago, after my own cancer treatment, I dedicated my practice to breast cancer. Read More
  • How I Survived … Cancer’s Relentless Grind

    UC Irvine alum Ben Teller, 24, talks about beating the disease and helping other young adults who are still fighting

    I’ve been diagnosed three times—when I was 18, 20, and 22. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, every time. The first time was just before I started college. I had a recurring fever and the antibiotics weren’t working. So I went to the doctor just to make sure I didn’t have pneumonia. I got a chest X-ray and they found an 8-centimeter mass sitting on the left side of my heart. Read More
  • How I Survived … My Baby’s Heart Defect

    Lori Cook of Ladera Ranch tells writer Rachel Powers about California’s newly mandated screening that probably saved her infant’s life

    The oldest of my five children is 13, and Carlee, my youngest, was born last July. The pregnancy was normal, and there was nothing unusual about the delivery. Her evaluation was good; she seemed fine. Then they ran a pulse oximetry heart-defect screening test, something they’d just started doing nine days earlier because of a new state law. Read More