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Irfan Ahmad, MD



Board Certified:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatrics

Special Interests:
Infant growth and the effects of inflammatory and growth factors.

Necrotizing enterocolitis and spontaneous intestinal perforation.

Dr. Ahmad is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital & CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital

CHOC Children's Hospital
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
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CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital
27700 Medical Center Rd.
5th Floor
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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St. Jude Medical Center
101 E. Valencia Mesa Dr.
Fullerton, CA 92835
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Physician Bio

An expert in neonatology medicine, Dr. Ahmad is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for infants. He works on several projects with California Perinatal Quality Care Improvement Collaborative and serves as the co-director of quality improvement for the CHOC Children’s Specialists network of NICUs. His expertise is in taking care of infants who require surgeries in the newborn period and is involved in projects to decrease intra-operative hypothermia and standardize postoperative management including pain control.

Dr. Ahmad has worked in close collaboration with the pediatric surgeons in establishing a Surgical NICU at CHOC and serves as its medical director. He is involved in training pediatric residents in the combined UCI-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program and serves as the education director for the CHOC NICU.

Dr. Irfan Ahmad is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He attended medical school at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his residency training program in pediatrics at University of Oklahoma. He served as a pediatrician in Tahlequah, Oklahoma before resuming his training and completed his fellowship in perinatal-neonatal medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Ahmad teaches at UC Irvine and holds the academic appointment of clinical associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Ahmad has authored several publications and continues to be involved in clinical research in collaboration with UCI. He is a co-investigator in NIH supported research on infant exercise.

Administrative Appointments

  • Neonatology, CHOC Children's Specialists

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    University of California, Irvine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • NICU Educational Director
    Pediatric Residency Program, University of California, Irvine


  • Medical School
    Aga Khan University Medical College
    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Internship
    Aga Khan University
    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Pediatric Residency
    University of Oklahoma
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
    UC Irvine, California
  • Chief Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program
    UC Irvine, California

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

  • Orange County Physician of Excellence
    Orange County Medical Association, Multiple years
  • Top Doctors: Southern California
    Castle Connolly

Published Works

Body composition and is components in preterm and term newborns: A cross-sectional, multimodal investigation. Irfan Ahmad, Dan Nemet, Alon Elaikim, Robin Koeppel, Donna Grochow, Maria Coussens, Susan Gallitto, Julia Rich, Andria Pontello, Sharon Leu, Dan Cooper, Feizal Waffarn. American Journal of Human Biology. 2010. 22(1): 69-75.

Growth factors, inflammatory cytokines and postnatal growth in preterm infants. Eliakim A, Nemet D, Ahmad I, Zaldivar F, Koppel R, Grochow D, Waffarn F, Cooper DM. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Aug. 22(8): 733-40.

Lectures and Presentations

  • Fetal and Neonatal Growth and body composition
    Nutritional Conference at CHOC, 2011
  • Infectious Diseases related to Prematurity
    CME lecture at Coastal Communities Hospital, March 6, 2006
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
    UCI: Advanced topics in Neonatology, September 27, 2006

Book Chapters

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis. 7th edition of Neonatology by Gomella. LANGE Clinical Science, Mc Graw-Hill publishers, New York, published May 22, 2013.
  • Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation. Accepted for publication in 7th edition of Neonatology by Gomella. LANGE Clinical Science, Mc Graw-Hill publishers, New York, published May 22, 2013
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation in Neonatology Manual by T. Gomella, sixth edition, LANGE Clinical Science, Mc Graw-Hill publishers, New York, published June 19, 2009.

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine