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John P Cleary, MD



Board Certified:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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

CHOC Children's Hospital
1201 W La Veta
Orange, CA 92868
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CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital
27700 Medical Center Rd.
5th Floor
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Western Medical Center
1001 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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Physician / Researcher Bio

John Cleary, MD, specializes in all aspects of neonatal intensive care and is the physician leader of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and Neonatal Cardiovascular Intensive Care teams. His research interests include synchronized mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, pulmonary hypertension and non-invasive monitoring. Dr. Cleary is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He served his fellowship through the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency and internship at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester, where he received his medical training.

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Director, NICU, CHOC Children's
  • Associate Director, CVICU, CHOC Children's
  • Director, ECMO, CHOC Children's
  • Neonatology, CHOC Children's Specialists
  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    University of California, Irvine
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
    University of California, Los Angeles, Harbor


  • Fellowship
    University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Residency
    University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester
  • Internship
    University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester
  • Medical School
    University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

  • Physician of Excellence
    OCMA, Multiple years
  • Teaching Award
    CHOC Children's, Multiple years

Professional Organizations

  • California Association of Neonatologists
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • American Heart Association
  • Irish American Pediatric Association
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • Worcester District Medical Society

Published Works

Non-Contact Heart Rate Monitoring Utilizing Camera Photoplethysmography in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit “ A pilot study Lonneke A.M. Aarts, MD1, Vincent Jeanne, MSc2, John P. Cleary, MD3, J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD4, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, MD, PhD1, and Wim Verkruysse, PhD2,4. Accepted for publication in Early Human Development, Sept 2013

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor (ACEI)-Induced Acute Renal Failure in Premature Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease Grace J. Lee, Risa Cohen, Anthony C. Chang, and John P. Cleary J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther 2010;15:290-297

Contactless monitoring of heart rate using camera plethysmography in newborn infants. ’Lonneke Aarts, MD1, Vincent Jeanne MSc2, Chad Lieber PhD3,4, John Cleary MD3, Stuart J Nelson, PhD, MD4, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, MD PhD1,5, and Wim Verkruysse, PhD2,4. APS-SPR Denver 2011 Manuscript in preparation.

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in neonates and children with congenital heart disease. Monnipa Suesaowalak MD; John P. Cleary MD; Anthony C. Chang MD, MBA, MPH. Review Article “ World Journal of Pediatrics 2009.

Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation Improves Oral Feedings in High Risk Newborns. John Patrick Cleary MD, Mitchel Katz MD, Karin Mitchell MA SLP and Kathy Ramirez OTR. Manuscript in preparation. Platform presentation and abstract AAP Proceedings 2010.

Mesentric Oxygen Saturations in Premature Twins with and without Necrotizing Enterocolitis Rachel N. Zabaneh, MD, Chad A. Lieber, PhD, and John P. Cleary, MD. Critical Care Medicine May 2011.

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation Improves Oral Feedings in High Risk Newborns"

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