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In Memory of Dr. John Patrick Cleary

Tribute Giving in support of CHOC

Tribute Giving in support of CHOC

Please join us in honoring the life of Dr. John Patrick Cleary, a member of the CHOC family who contributed to the well being of children in so many ways! At CHOC since July 1995, Dr. Cleary cared for thousands of patients, served on multiple committees and held several leadership roles, including serving as medical director of the NICU Extracorporeal Life Support Program (ECLS) for more than 20 years.

Equally impressive was Dr. Cleary’s work outside of CHOC, all of which was anchored by a devotion to children. He served as president of the California Association of Neonatologists from 2014 to 2016 and served on the executive committee of the Children’s Subspecialty Coalition. He was a founding member and board member of the Neonatal Cardiac Society and was co-creator of the international conference NeoHeart.

Indeed, after nearly three decades of service to CHOC’s mission, Dr. Cleary leaves an inspiring legacy for each of us, as well as the thousands of patients and families whose lives he has impacted. Our thoughts are with Dr. Cleary’s wife Joyce, his four children and nephew, and two grandchildren Olivia and John Leo.

May Dr. Cleary’s innumerable contributions to children’s lives and his commitment to CHOC’s mission buoy us all through this time of grief. Memorial services information will be shared when available.

Please join in watching this tribute video in honor of the bright life and love of Dr. Cleary:

On this tribute page, you are welcome to add memories in the Comment section at the bottom of the page to be shared with Dr. Cleary's family. 100% of your donation will directly benefit CHOC's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). To learn more about the CHOC neonatal program, please visit

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