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Vinh T Lam, MD



Pediatric Surgery

Board Certified:
General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery


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

Pediatric Surgical Associates
1120 W La Veta Ave
Suite 100
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-361-4480
fax: 714-361-4490
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CHOC Children's Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, California 92868
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CHOC Children's Health Center - Mission Viejo
26691 Plaza
Suite 130
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Physician Bio

A recognized expert in pediatric surgery, Dr. Vinh Lam is dedicated providing the highest quality of medical care utilizing the latest technological advances. Dr. Lam’s special interests include the repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernias, minimally invasive surgery in pediatric patients (laparoscopic and thorascopic surgery), and robotic surgery.

Bringing a high level of expertise and experience, Dr. Lam is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. Dr. Lam received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He completed both his internship and his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served his fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. He is affiliated with the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Orange County Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society.

As a respected physician leader, Dr. Lam serves as chairman of the credential committee at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. Honors include Harvard Medical School Scholarship. Dr. Lam has received the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association every year since 2006.

In addition to providing excellent pediatric surgical care to the children of Orange County, Dr. Lam also has a deep passion for humanitarian work which he fulfills through providing health care to the impoverished and underserved populations of Southeast Asia by leading medical missions to Vietnam. Dr. Lam is fluent in English, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, General Surgery
    CHOC Children's
  • Chair, Pediatric Surgery
    CHOC Children's


  • Fellowship
    Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.
  • Residency
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Internship
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Medical School
    Harvard Medical School

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery

Honors and Awards

  • Physician of Excellence (2006 - present)
    Orange County Medical Association

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 4
    Member-at-Large, Board of Directors
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Children's Oncology Group
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
  • American Medical Association
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society


  • Robotic Instructor, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group Annual Meeting 2007, Dallas, TX, USA


  • Chairman, Credential Committee
    CHOC Children's and CHOC at Mission
  • Pediatric Surgery Specialty Advisor for Medical Students
    UC Irvine, School of Medicine
  • Care Guideline Committee
    CHOC Children's
  • Medical Executive Committee
    CHOC Children's
  • Cancer Committee
    CHOC Children's
  • Surgical Executive Committee
    CHOC Children's and CHOC at Mission

Published Works

Kabeer MH, Lam VT, Gibbs DL (2007). Robotics Technology in Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery. In R.A. Faust (Ed.), Robotics in Surgery: History, Current and Future Applications (pp. 185-204). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

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