Dr. Brian Avecilla Palafox MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Brian Palafox is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Orange, California. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children's Hospital of Orange County and Mission Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and has been in practice for 39 years. Dr. Palafox accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 5 doctors at Children's Hospital of Orange County and one of 9 at Mission Hospital who specialize in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon: General Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery

Education & Medical Training

Orange County Medical Center
Residency, General Surgery, 1976 - 1978

University of California at Irvine
Residency, General Surgery, 1978 - 1981

University of California at Irvine
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 1981 - 1984

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Class of 1975

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Pediatrics
Certified 21 years in Pediatrics

American Board of Pediatrics
Certified 8 years in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

MA State Medical License
Active through 2014

FL State Medical License
Active through 2015

Publications & Presentations

Results with all blood retrograde microplegia as a myocardial protection strategy for complex neonatal arch reconstruction.
Gates, R.N., Palafox, B.A., Parker, B.

Technique for the Norwood procedure using normothermic selective cerebral perfusion.
Gates, R.N., Palafox, B.A., Parker, B.

Substernal thoracoscopic guidance during sternal reentry.
Gazzaniga, A. B., Palafox, B. A.

See all 7 publications

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Whole Health Banner Health Network
  • Anthem Blue Access PPO
  • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
  • AvMed Health Open Access
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Connecticare FlexPOS
  • Coventry Florida - Employer Group HMO/Open Access
  • Coventry Florida - Employer Group PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • GHI PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Net Arizona HMO
  • Health Net Arizona PPO/POS
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • Oxford Health Liberty
  • Sagamore Health Plus
  • United - River Valley Neighborhood Health Partnership
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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