Darren Joseph Murtari, MD
I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome! Bienvenidos! Thank you for visiting my Web page. I am the director of inpatient pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente Orange County. My team is here to take care of our youngest members, your children, when they become ill and need to be in the hospital or seen in the Emergency Department.
I’m a Southern California native, born and raised in Reseda. After attending college and medical training in San Diego, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles, I've now settled in Long Beach and work at the Kaiser Permanente Orange County-Anaheim Medical Center. I’m fortunate to be from a large Italian and Irish family who continues to be an important part of my everyday life. My goals as a pediatrician is to positively influence children to help them grow into good physical and emotional health. My practice cares specifically for children in the hospital setting, so I am there for you when your children are ill.
About my practice
Out practice includes full-time physicians who all trained at major children’s hospitals in Southern California. We are joined by several per-diem pediatric hospitalists, who make sure there is pediatric coverage 24 hours a day at our Orange County-Anaheim Medical Center. Our 24-bed pediatric/adolescent unit features state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. We care for a wide variety of childhood illnesses that don’t require intensive care. We provide pediatric subspecialty care, which includes neonatology and most major subspecialties.
How I thrive
I have a variety of interests, but sports and cooking top the list. You may run into me at a Dodgers or Lakers game, and maybe even at a UCLA basketball game. I keep in shape by running, biking, and swimming, and by going up and down the stairs at the hospital. In the kitchen, Italian food is my passion. Cooking is my greatest form of relaxation. You can ask the nurses in the hospital how I am as a cook, since I prepare dishes for the annual holiday party. Remember to always emphasize healthy eating and exercise with your children!