Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD

Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD

Cardiothoracic SurgeryMaleAge 50

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Riverside, CA. Dr. Kanaan has extensive experience in Thoracic Surgical Procedures. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Riverside Community Hospital and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Office Hours

4234 Riverwalk Pkwy Ste 230 Riverside, CA 92505

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8 am
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5:15pm

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8 am
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5:15pm

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8 am
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5:15pm

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8 am
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5:15pm

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Pacific Pulmonary Medical Group

Pacific Pulmonary Medical Group4234 Riverwalk Pkwy Ste 230 Riverside, CA 92505
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:15pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:15pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:15pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:15pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:15pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr Kanaan sees patients at any all all hospitals in south Orange County. I have learned that he is the head of cancer and robotics at the Leonard Cancer Institute. He performs state of the art Robotic Surgery and is one of the forefathers in this arena. He is Harvard Trained. There is no better surgeon in the whole of Orange County.. I highly recommend Dr. Kanaan for any type of thoracic surgery or consult! Not only is he cutting edge, he has a truly caring bedside manner.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mar 09, 2021
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I came in for my post OP follow up. Everything went well, it went by pretty fast. I got my stitches removed with no complications. Dr. Kanaan has been a great doctor all throughout my surgery planning and towards the end. I am recovering well and I highly reccomend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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6 people found this helpful
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Nov 11, 2020
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Dr. Kanaan takes the time to explain the heal issue I face and all treatment options and answers relative questions thoroughly in plain language. He also has a kind and caring manner that makes me feel safe and cared for in office as well as inpatient.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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9 people found this helpful
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Sep 30, 2020
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Very thorough. Explained in detail steps to be taken in my care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Elsie Ciaffa – Sep 30, 2020
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Informative friendly kind positive knowledgeable Made me feel more at ease about my surgery
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Bill Odell – Sep 23, 2020
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Thank you so much for the difference you make in the lives of your patients. Thanks for being a great surgeon and a great human being, You take the time to listen and to make your patients feel valued and respect. Thanks for your good care and concern…Your manner put me at ease and helped me gain confidence. Because of you, I am doing well. You are truly a remarkable doctor and professional that we respect and trust.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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John Lam – Aug 18, 2020
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Great Doc. Very excellent surgeon and good communicator. Would recommend to everyone.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jim miele – May 05, 2020
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Dr Kanaan is a wonderful communicator and took his time thoroughly explaining my medical condition and treatment options. I greatly appreciate his caring bedside manner and would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michelle MacLachlan – May 05, 2020
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Dr. Kanaan was great all through the process. Before and after surgery. Highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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May 05, 2020
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Dr Kanaan is THE BEST robotic thoracic surgeon in the region!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nov 10, 2019
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Dr. Kanaan has been a dream! He was referred to me, so I went in with my list of questions. After introducing himself, he went on to describe my situation and teach me about what was happening and what the surgery would entail. He even answered all my questions, before I had a chance to ask! Surgery went smooth, and he has stayed in contact with any question that has come up. I would HIGHLY recommend him!
6 people found this helpful
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Mar 12, 2019
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From my initial consultation through my surgery and recovery, Dr. Kanaan provided a highly professional experience as well as a surprising personal involvement, putting me at ease with my many questions and concerns. In addition, his office staff is top notch in every aspect. I whole heartedly recommend Dr. Kanaan.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Rick Latham in CA – Feb 11, 2019
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Dr. Kanaan is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He is kind and compassionate as well as skilled. His office staff is also extremely nice and helpful. I would recommend him very highly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Aliso Viejo – Jan 30, 2019
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If you need a surgeon who know his skill this is your doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Nancy M Endrizzi in Anaheim, – Jan 11, 2019
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I was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. During my initial visit, Dr Kanaan explained my situation in detail. He was very patient with me and thoroughly answered all of my questions. Before my surgery, he always answered my calls promptly and answered all of my questions. The surgery went very smoothly, and I have no complications and minimal pain. As he did before the surgery, he very patiently explained to me the next steps and made himself available for all my questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Kai Cheng in CA – May 31, 2018
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Dr.Kanaan is indeed one of the best doctors I have ever had. He is present with you as you are talking he listens to your every word and then he confirms what you were trying to explain so that you know that you have been heard. He’s what I would consider an old-fashioned. A doctor who returns you phone calls personally guides you through your every step with your medical condition. He’s an excellent physician but most importantly he’s a kind human being with a kind heart and compassionate.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Liz McCarthy in Yorba Linda California – Apr 21, 2018
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Dr. Cannon has been my surgeon for 7 months in that time he has been quite an inspiration to me he perform surgery on my lung to remove cancer and now I'm cancer-free he continues to see me to see that no cancer returns Dr cannon has been my surgeon for 7 months in that time he has been quite and inspiration to me he performed surgery on my lung to remove cancer and now I'm cancer free he continues to see me to see that no cancer returns I highly recommend his service
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Steve Whelpley in San Clemente – Mar 15, 2018
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Dr. Kanaan is a rare breed of doctors. He is very compassionate and always made sure we had enough time with him. We never felt rushed and he made certain all our concerns were addressed. He was always available and always returned phone calls promptly. Our family always felt like we were in good hands. He is very professional and such a nice person. You will not be disappointed with Dr. Kanaan or the amazing Lina who manages his office.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Deborah P. in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Mar 06, 2018
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I was pleased and impressed with my experience with Dr. Kanaan from my first phone call to his Office Manager Lina . We had a light hearted conversation, and I immediately felt comfortable. Dr. Kanaan is very kind, but has a great air of confidence. He explained my condition to me in a manner that made it easy to understand. He is readily available to talk and answer any questions. My surgery was a great success, and we are now working my recovery. Many thanks!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Randall Madison in Huntington Beach, CA – Mar 02, 2018
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I was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. My Pulmonologist suggested that I have the tumor surgically removed and highly recommended Dr. Kanaan. I met with Dr. Kanaan and found him to be very personable and professional. He explained the procedure in detail and answered all of my questions. He used a state of the art robotic surgical system to aide him during the surgery which greatly reduced my pain and recovery time. I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Kanaan for this type of surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Dale Preston in LAGUNA WOODS, CA – Mar 01, 2018
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Kanaan

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Kanaan treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Kanaan treats other conditions, please contact the office at (951) 781-3672.

Thoracic Surgical Procedures

Thoracic surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that focuses on surgical treatment of conditions affecting the chest, including the heart, lungs, trachea, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall.Compare with other Thoracic Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Kanaan is experienced in the area of Thoracic Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
Thoracentesis
Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
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Dr. Kanaan's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Constipation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrotomy
  • Gynecomastia Repair
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Achalasia
  • Lipomas
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Rib Fracture
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Patients First. Deliver the Highest Quality of Care Possible. Treat patients as I would want my family treated.

Biography

Dr. Samer Kanaan is an award-winning thoracic surgeon who is dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest, using...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Brigham Women’s Hospital Harvard
Fellowship Hospital
Feinberg Northwestern University
Residency Hospital
Feinberg Northwestern University
Internship Hospital
Northwestern University
Medical School
1993
Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School
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Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • America Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery, 2011
  • Values in Action Excellence Award, St. Joseph Health System, 2010
  • Excellence in Patient Satisfaction Award, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, 2011
  • Service Excellence Award, Queen of the Valley Medical Center Avatar Survey, 2009
  • America Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery, 2010

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Does Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Kanaan has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kanaan frequently treats Thoracic Surgical Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Kanaan specializes.

Where is Dr. Samer Kanaan, MD's office located?

Dr. Kanaan's office is located at 4234 Riverwalk Pkwy Ste 230, Riverside, CA 92505. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Kanaan is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Riverside Community Hospital

Riverside, CA

62% Patients that would definitely recommend, 8% lower than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

52% Patients that would definitely recommend, 18% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

16 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Irvine, CA

88% Patients that would definitely recommend, 18% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Orange Coast Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

75% Patients that would definitely recommend, 5% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA

77% Patients that would definitely recommend, 7% higher than the national average

12 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)

Saddleback Medical Center

Laguna Hills, CA

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Orange, CA

81% Patients that would definitely recommend, 11% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)

St. Jude Medical Center

Fullerton, CA

82% Patients that would definitely recommend, 12% higher than the national average

27 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)