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Our Administration

At Shriners Children's Southern California, our distinguished leadership team works collaboratively to ensure that children have access to the highest quality of pediatric medical and surgical care and rehabilitation.

Christopher Dougherty
Christopher Dougherty Administrator
Christopher Dougherty
Christopher Dougherty Administrator

Christopher Dougherty is the administrator at Shriners Children’s Southern California. He is an experienced healthcare leader with over 25 years of experience. Dougherty is a passionate and exemplary leader, supporting the staff in providing every patient and their families with high quality, compassionate care in a family-centered environment.

Dougherty earned his bachelor’s degree in politics from Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in health and medical services administration from Widener University in Place Chester, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the team at Shriners Children’s Southern California, he held the position of chief executive officer of Covenant Children’s Hospital and Lakeside Campus in Lubbock, Texas. He was also the vice president of specialty care services at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In his free time, Dougherty enjoys spending time with his wife and family.

Robert Cho
Robert H. Cho, M.D., FAAOS, FAOA Chief of Staff
Robert Cho
Robert H. Cho, M.D., FAAOS, FAOA Chief of Staff

Robert H. Cho, M.D., FAAOS, FAOA, is the chief of staff and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Children's Southern California. Dr. Cho is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His areas of special interest include scoliosis, spinal deformity surgery, limb deformity and pediatric orthopedic trauma.

Dr. Cho earned an undergraduate degree with honors in chemistry from Cornell University and a medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he was a medical scholar and recipient of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Award. Dr. Cho completed his residency and served as chief administrative resident in orthopedic surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. His fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery and scoliosis was completed at the University of California San Diego College of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Cho is on the board of directors for the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, AO Spine, Scoliosis Research Society and Korean American Spine Society.

When Dr. Cho is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters.

Janet Amirkhanian
Janet Amirkhanian, RN, MSN, PHN Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
Janet Amirkhanian
Janet Amirkhanian, RN, MSN, PHN Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Janet Amirkhanian, RN, MSN, PHN, is the director of patient care services/nurse executive at Shriners Children’s Southern California. She is an experienced health care leader with over 22 years of nursing experience. She approaches leadership with a focus on the “team approach” while helping to develop staff members in a way that maximizes their individual strengths. Amirkhanian takes great pride in striving to build a culture of excellence, teamwork, patient safety and employee satisfaction; all while maintaining a family-focused environment for the patients and families she serves.

From her early exposure to nursing as an oncology staff nurse, Amirkhanian continued her nursing education. She earned a Master of Science in nursing from California State University Long Beach and is currently pursuing a Nursing Doctorate degree at Duquesne University. Prior to joining the team at Shriners Children’s Southern California, she was the director of the John Wayne Cancer Clinics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

When Amirkhanian is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and their three children.