Dr. Sudeep Kukreja has received the 2015 Presidents’ Forum Award, which recognizes CMA members or physician organizations that show altruism or volunteerism. Award recipients’ work benefits the CMA, the component medical society, or the general profession of medicine by promoting patients’ health, health care delivery and physician branding.
In addition to his role at CHOC, Dr. Kukreja founded Arpan Global Charities, a nonprofit volunteer medical organization that provides free health care, supplies and support to people in developing countries. In the past 10 years, he has organized 17 volunteer medical missions to nine countries, providing free medical care to more than 9,500 people in the most underserved areas. More than 700 major surgeries, 900 non-invasive procedures and 450 dental procedures have been performed. His next medical mission is slated for November.
At CHOC, Dr. Kukreja serves as medical director of the newborn hearing screening program, as well as associate medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit.
Locally, he also participates in charitable clinics and health fairs, and is the past president of the Orange County Medical Association.
Dr. Kukreja will be formally recognized in October at the Presidents’ Forum meeting, where he will also give a presentation about his volunteer work.