Dr. Qaqundah has been married to his wife Susan for over 40 years and together they have five children, seven beautiful grandchildren and hope for many more to come.
Dr. Qaqundah is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, and is a Diplomat of Child Health from the University of London. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Qaqundah has been practicing pediatrics and allergy/immunology in Huntington Beach, California, for over 40 years. He is the principal investigator of our Research Department where we conduct studies on asthma, allergies, vaccines and various pediatric medications to secure safety and efficacy of medications for children.
Giving back to the community
Dr. Qaqundah started the first Medical Van in Santa Ana, California to serve the indigent and uninsured children of Santa Ana. He worked with the American Lung Association of Orange County to develop an asthma program for OC preschool children. Dr. Qaqundah gave workshops on asthma and anaphylaxis to a state wide convention of school nurses and personnel. He adopted a school in a poor neighborhood, was available by phone to the school personnel and attended many school functions. As the school medical advisor, he cared and treated children (pro bono) at the school site. He opened his office as a medical home for the homeless shelter in H.B. and now treats H.B. homeless high school students (pro bono).
Some Awards Received
Dr. Qaqundah received an AAP award for initiating the Santa Ana Van, the Halo Award from OC school nurses, the Circle of Care Award for asthma care from Blue Cross and Cal Optima, the Hero of Education Award from the California Lottery for the many years of support to the health of OC school children, a special AAP Achievement award for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goal of the Academy, the OCMA Physician of Excellence for 5 consecutive years and the AAP Martin Gershman, MD, Child Advocacy Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the health and lives of California’s children.
Recently, he was a Task Force member to develop an Asthma Action Plan for schools and families statewide. On March 10, 2003, Dr. Qaqundah was appointed by the State Board of Education to serve as a member of the Content Review Panel to evaluate instructional material for the 2004 Health Primary Adoption (Health curriculum from K-8). He is always collaborating with other organizations to improve OC children’s health.
Dr. Qaqundah loves his work, loves his patients, has too much fun working and says he will never retire because he really never worked a day in his life.