Your team is made up of surgeons, nurse practitioners, office staff, and our team in the hopsital providing care for our recovering patients. We strive to be in contact with our patients and their family before, during and after surgery anytime night and day to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
Sevak Darbinian, MD
Graduated from Yerevan State Medical Institute, was trained and worked at the Leningrad Institute
of Cardiology, St. Petersburg, Russia as a cardiac surgeon before coming to the US where he trained at University of Southern California in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Darbinian joined OCTCS in 2006 and has been the chief of cardiac surgery at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo since 2008. His areas of interest include minimally invasive valve repair and replacement surgery, complex aorta reconstruction including arch bypass procedures surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation including the convergent procedure and valvular endocarditis.
Brian Palafox, MD
Graduated from University California Irvine Medical School, did his training and cardiothoracic training also at UCI and joined OCTCS in 1999. Brian Palafox is the chief of cardiac surgery at St Joseph Hopsital in Orange and works at Children's Hospital Orange County and University of California Irvine in his free time. He specializes in adult cardiac, adult thoracic, pediatric cardiac and thoracic and general surgery including thyroid cancer and complex abdominal operations.
Tuan Lam, MD
Graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, completed his general surgery training at Stanford University and University of California San Francisco East Bay, and his cardiothoracic training at University of Southern California. He started his practice out of several hospitals in the northern Orange county area including Fountain Valley Hospital, Orange Coast Memorial Hospital and Long Beach Memorial Hopsital before joining OCTCS in 2016. He now leads the team at St Jude Hopsital in Fullerton as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery. His interests include transcatheter aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation including the convergent procedure and bypass surgery.
William Thibault, MD
Puneet Dhawan, MD
Taylor Tang, MD
Graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, did his general surgery training at Kaiser and Arrowhead Regional in Fontana, CA followed by cardiothoracic surgery training at University of California Los Angeles. He joined OCTCS in 2016 and works mostly at St Joseph Hospital in Orange and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. His interests include transcatheter aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive valve replacement techniques, complex aorta repair and stenting including arch bypass procedures, surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation and minimally invasive lung resection techniques.