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Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, MD




Board Certified:
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

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

CHOC Children's Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329
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CHOC Children’s Specialty Center - Newport Beach
500 Superior Ave.
Suite 140
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Physician Bio

Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, M.D. is a CHOC Children's 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.

Prior to joining the CHOC Children's Specialits, 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 Thailand.

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, including American Journal for Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Research, Pediatric Pulmonology and The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

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.

Administrative Appointments

  • Pulmonology, CHOC Children's Specialists

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    University of California Irvine, School of Medicine


  • Medical School
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Pediatrics Residency
    Seton Hall University/Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship
    University of California, Irvine, CA

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
    American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Organizations

  • American Thoracic Society
  • California Thoracic Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Chest Physicians

Editorial Boards

  • Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology
  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Case Reports

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Chronic Cough in Children"
  • "Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia"
  • Wheezing in Children
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Technology
  • Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Emerging Therapies
  • Pediatric Asthma

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