Neonatology

The following are physicians who have admitting privileges to  

The Family Birth & Newborn Center:

Note: These physicians do NOT have office hours and work only in the Newborn ICU but may be contacted at: 
Office:
(626) 813-3716 
1135 S. Sunset Ave., Suite 406 
West Covina, CA 91790

Neonatal ICU:
(626) 851-2713
Queen of the Valley - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
1115 S. Sunset Ave
West Covina, CA 91790
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Bruce Sindel, MD, FAAP 
Medical Director of Neonatal ICU   

Dr. Bruce Sindel is the Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. Prior to his neonatal fellowship at the Hershey Medical Center, he was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn N.Y. He has been practicing medicine in the San Gabriel Valley for over 27 years as a pediatrician and neonatologist in the Queen of the Valley Neonatal ICU. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Queen of the Valley, and is also an Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the UC Irvine Medical Center. He has been co-director of the Neonatal Polysomnography Laboratory at Citrus Valley Medical Center for 27 years, and is a member of the American Sleep Disorders Association.

Gilbert Martin, MD, FAAP

Dr. Gilbert Martin is the Medical Director Emeritus of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. He helped open the NICU at Queen of the Valley 40 years ago. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Perinatology, the national journal for the practice of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, a position he held for over 20 years. He is the past president of the California Association of Neonatologists, and is on the Executive Committee of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a reviewer for Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as for Obstetrics & Gynecology, the official journal of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has published several papers in Neonatology and Perinatology. He holds Clinical Professorships in Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine, the UC Irvine Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Medical Center. 

Gilbert Furman, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Gilbert Furman is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. He has been practicing medicine in the San Gabriel Valley for over 33 years, as a pediatrician and a neonatologist in the Queen of the Valley NICU. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is past Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Citrus Valley Medical Center. He is past president of the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy & Consultation (PAC-LAC), and vice-president of the California Perinatal Association.  He is past president of the California Association of Neonatologists. He has been the Chapter Representative, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, District IX of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatology. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.  He also holds a Clinical Professorship in Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine. 

Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP   

Dr. Mitchell Goldstein is Medical Director Emeritus and Fellowship Coordinator of the Neonatal ICU in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. He completed his undergraduate and medical school in the University of Miami's six-year Honors Medical Program on the Dean's List and Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Pediatrics residency at UCLA and Neonatology fellowship at UC Irvine. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatology. He is past president of the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy & Consultation (PAC-LAC), is the editor of PAC-LAC's Guidelines of Care, and is PAC-LAC's CME Research Chairman. He is past president of the National Perinatal Association. He is on the board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Perinatal Section. He is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish.

Perpetua Lawas-Alejo, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Perpetua Lawas-Alejo is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. She completed her undergraduate and medical studies in the Philippines, and completed her medical training in the United States. She completed her Neonatology fellowship at U.C. Irvine. She is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is fluent in Tagalog.

Clark Ochikubo, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Clark Ochikubo is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. He graduated from Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa, with Honors and Distinction. He completed his Masters degree in Biology before obtaining his M.D. at Stanford as well. He did extensive research in Neonatology while an undergraduate and graduate student at Stanford, and has several publications in Neonatology. He completed his Pediatrics residency and Neonatology fellowship at UC Irvine. He is past Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Citrus Valley Medical Center. He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mita Shah, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Mita Shah is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. She completed her undergraduate and medical studies in India, and completed her medical training in the United States. She completed her Neonatology fellowship at U.C. Irvine. She is the 2011 Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Citrus Valley Medical Center. She is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is fluent in Hindi.


Herbert Vasquez, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Herbert Vasquez is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. He completed his undergraduate and medical studies in Mexico, and completed his medical training in the United States. He completed his Pediatrics residency in Illinois, and his Neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is Board-eligible in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish.

Linda Yang, MD, FAAP 

Dr. Linda Yang is one of the Neonatologists in the Family Birth & Newborn Center. She is a cum laude graduate in Biochemistry at UCLA. She is a former Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UC Irvine, and is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. She is an instructor of Neonatal Resuscitation, and is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has several published papers in Neonatology. She is fluent in Mandarin.