More than 170 UCI Health doctors among 2020 Physicians of Excellence in Orange Coast magazine

List includes more doctors than any other Orange County hospital, health system

More than 170 UCI Health doctors have been named to the 2020 Physicians of Excellence list published in the January 2020 edition of Orange Coast magazine, more than that of any other health system in Orange County.

The recognition is bestowed by the Orange County Medical Association, a voluntary physician organization that exists to promote the art and science of medicine, the protection of public health and the betterment of the medical profession.

The complete list includes more than 560 Orange County physicians in 75 specialties. The magazine is on newsstands now.

This year, UCI Health received an 11th consecutive top grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and was listed among America’s Best Hospitals for the 19th year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. The report highlights the excellence of UCI Health programs in gynecology, No. 20 (tie), gastroenterology & GI surgery, No. 36 and geriatrics, No. 42 (tie) among similar programs nationally. The medical center is ranked No. 10 in California

UCI Health doctors practice across the region, in addition to the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Primary and specialty care locations include the Gottschalk Medical Plaza in Irvine and offices in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Orange, Placentia, Corona and Chino Hills.

In coastal Orange County, UCI Health specialty care in cancer, breast health, digestive diseases, plastic surgery, neurosurgery and dermatology is available at the Pacific Medical Plaza in Costa Mesa and Newport. Urology, executive health, behavioral health and sleep medicine services are available at the UCI Health Newport — Birch Street office, which opened in 2018.

To be eligible for OCMA recognition, physicians were required to:

  • Be certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, a member board of the American Board of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, or an equivalency board recognized by the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California
  • Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California or Osteopathic Medical Board of California
  • Maintain a primary practice in Orange County for the last five years
  • Be in practice within his/her specialty for the last five years

Physicians were required to demonstrate achievements in at least two of the following criteria: physician leadership; teaching/mentoring; medical research/scientific advances; and humanitarian service.

UCI Health comprises the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. The 402-bed acute care hospital provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, and behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center features Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic Physicians of Excellence for 2019:

Kristen M. Kelly, MD

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Brian J. F. Wong, MD

Yama Akbari, MD
Mark J. Fisher, MD

Read full UCI Health article.