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James P Cappon, MD

(714) 509-8620

Critical Care

Board Certified:
Critical Care

Research Focus:
Patient safety and quality improvement


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

CHOC Children's Specialists
1201 W La Veta Ave
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 509-8620
fax: (714) 509-4072
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St Joseph Hospital
1100 W Stewart Dr
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Physician / Researcher Bio

James Cappon, M.D. provides the full range of tertiary-level critical care procedures, with expertise in mechanical ventilation and management of respiratory failure. He is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Cappon served his fellowship at Harbor-UCLA/CHOC /Martin Luther King hospitals. Both his residency and internship were completed at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Dr. Cappon is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. Dr. Cappon is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Cappon also serves as the CHOC Director of Patient Safety.

Administrative Appointments

  • Critical Care, CHOC Children's Specialists
  • Medical Director, Quality and Patient Safety, CHOC Children's

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine


  • Medical School
    University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Residency
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
  • Fellowship - Critical Care/Pulmonology
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Children's Hospital of Orange County/Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care/Pulmonology


Dr. Cappon is dedicated to studying best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. His past and current research has focused on adverse event triggers in pediatric intensive care units; improved assessment, triage, and safety for pediatric transport; and reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Cappon is currently coinvestigator in eight studies at CHOC, including studies looking at genomic analysis of pediatric systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sedation management in pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure, and therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest. He is involved in several studies dealing with influenza and a prospective cohort study looking at pertussis in U.S. children.

In all, Dr. Cappon’s research into patient safety, quality improvement, and pediatric transport has made CHOC a leader in pediatric transport medicine. In fact, CHOC is in the top five pediatric transport hospitals in the nation. Also because of his expertise, Dr., Cappon has presented throughout the country on critical care, pediatric transport, patient safety, and quality.

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care
    American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American College of Healthcare Executives

Published Works

Ramirez R, Pickar T, Frens S, Cappon JP, Cleary JP. Capnography: A Better Way RT For Decision Makers in Respiratory Care;; January 2009.

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Reducing Patient Harm"
  • "Reducing non-ICU Codes"
  • "Quality and Patient Safety Update"
  • "Upper Airway Emergencies"
  • "Care Guidelines Update"
  • "Early warning systems to detect patient deterioration"
  • "Septic Shock"

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