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Brian A Palafox, MD, FACS,

(714) 997-2224

Thoracic Surgery

Board Certified:
General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Special Interests:
Congenital thoracic and cardiovascular diseases

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

Orange County Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
1310 West Stewart Drive
Suite 503
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 997-2224
fax: (714) 997-1187
map & directions

Physician Bio

Dr. Palafox received his MD degree from the medical school at the University of California, Irvine. He did his internship at the Orange County Medical Center in pathology and at UCI Medical Center in surgery. Dr. Palafox did his residency at UCI Medical Center in general surgery and his fellowship at UCI Medical Center in cardiothoracic surgery. His honors include the Sterling "Staph" award-teaching and the Bronze Star: Medical service in Iraq-Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003. Dr. Palafox is board certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His philosophy of care is for all patients to be treated commensurate with their disease process regardless of race, creed, financial status. Dr. Palafox is specifically interested in congenital heart, lung, vascular diseases as well as use of robotic and laser technology.

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair, Thoracic Surgery, CHOC Children's


  • Medical School
    UCI School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • General Surgery Residency
    UCI Medical Center, Orange, CA
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
    UCI Medical Center, Orange, CA

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

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