Inchel Yeam, MD, has been in private practice and served as a consulting physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care at several hospitals. Educated at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, he earned his medical degree in 1991. Following this, he completed his Residency and Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Yeam is Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Born in Korea, Dr. Yeam moved to Orange County when he was ten. His mother was a nurse, and that, along with his own interest in human biology, helped steer him into a career in medicine.
“Breathing is the most basic and important function of any living creature... I want to know all about the why and how of human respiration and what happens in various disease states. This way I can make a contribution to our health care community.”
Seeing firsthand how proper care can have a profound impact and change lives helps Dr. Yeam stay motivated to always do his best. One story he likes to share happened many years ago. It involves a tired, cranky husband, an unhappy wife, and a couple on the verge of divorce. By diagnosing and treating the husband for sleep apnea, the patient was finally able to get proper rest, resulting in a more pleasant husband, a happier wife, and a marriage saved!
In his free time, Dr. Yeam enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. As an avid camper and backpacker, he makes sure he gets in one good backpacking trip a year, usually in the High Sierras. He also loves cycling, both on roads and trails and recently completed a century road ride, one of many he hopes to do. He has also developed an appreciation for tennis since he has three children who all play competitively.
As a specialty physician, Dr. Yeam may not be selected as a primary care physician under HMO health plans. He accepts patients age 12 and older.
- Sleep Disorders
- Critical Care Medicine