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Virginia E Kimonis, MD



Clinical Biochemical Genetics

Board Certified:
Genetics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics

Special Interests:
Dysmorphology, Metabolic Genetics, Fetal Dysmorphology, Prader Willi, Rare Genetic Syndromes, Neuromuscular Genetics

Research Focus:
Prader Willi and Morbid Obesity syndromes, craniosynostosis, inherited muscle disorders


Dr. Kimonis is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital

CHOC Children's Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329
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UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Dr S
Pavilion 1, 2nd Floor
Orange, CA 92868
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Physician / Researcher Bio

Dr. Kimonis received her medical degree from Southampton Medical School, Southampton, UK. She completed residencies in pediatrics and general practice in the United Kingdom before moving to the US. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and fellowship training in clinical and biochemical genetics at the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins and Washington D.C. Children's Hospital. The doctor is board certified in Clinical Biomedical Genetics and Clinical Genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.


  • Medical School
    Southampton Medical School, Southampton, UK
  • Pediatrics Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Genetics Fellowship
    National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


Dr. Kimonis' clinical research interests are varied. She sees patients with all types of genetic disorders. She is actively working with the NIH sponsored Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network research in the Natural History study of Prader Willi and Morbid Obesity syndromes and the genetic basis of craniosynostosis. She is studying inherited muscle disorders that occur in combination with diseases of bone and/or dementia in her laboratory. Her group identified the VCP gene for one of these disorders and is now characterizing the key pathways and functions in this disorder. Dr. Kimonis' goal is to work towards establishing a premier clinical, educational and research genetics program at CHOC Children's.

Board Certifications

  • Genetics
  • Clinical Biochemical Genetics

Honors and Awards

  • Orange County Medical Association’s Physicians of Excellence 2012

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