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Cardiology Pediatrics Feb 8, 2022

Every child and their family deserve the best possible care, and the best has come to the families of Central Texas! With a focus on uncompromising quality, unwavering commitment, and both whole-patient and whole-family care, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin, is dedicated to making every childhood the beginning of a healthy, happy life.

UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center are excited to announce that as they continue to expand pediatric cardiac care services in Central Texas, three leading cardiac care physicians, D. Byron Holt, MD, FSCAI, Chesney Castleberry, MD, and Hitesh Agrawal, MD, MBA, FSCAI, have formally joined the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease celebrates 1,000 open-heart surgeries, a milestone achieved sooner than expected.

Lorenzo Restrepo was born with a rare and complex medical condition that resulted in multiple congenital heart defects. When he was 4 months old, his parents traveled from Colombia, South America to seek care from Charles Fraser, MD, who operated on Lorenzo and now serves as Chief of the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. Today, Lorenzo is an 18-year-old high school senior living a normal and active life despite what doctors predicted.

UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center are proud to announce funding for a multi-institutional study to focus on patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) and their families. AAOCA's are the second leading cause of sudden death in children and young adults who participate in sports.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease announces a first-of-its-kind educational partnership with the Texas Heart Institute in which student perfusionists will now have the opportunity to perform clinical training in the pediatric clinical setting at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center are proud to announce that 13-year-old Grace Jennings is home after receiving a long-awaited heart transplant. Grace received her heart transplant on January 26, 2021 after waiting 15 months for a donor heart while on a lifesaving mechanical heart pump.

Levi was born with a ventricular septal defect, a more common congenital heart defect characterized by a hole in the ventricular septum, that can sometimes close as a child grows. But when Levi's hole didn't close his family was prepared to travel anywhere across the nation to make sure he received the best care possible. To their surprise, they ended up finding a world-class pediatric cardiac care team right here in Central Texas.

On January 11, 2021, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, successfully implanted its first Berlin Heart ventricular assist device in a pediatric patient.

The Heart Failure, VAD, and Transplant Program, a specialty program within the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, successfully performs the first pediatric heart transplant in Central Texas, providing 18-year-old Gerado with a lifesaving heart transplant.

On Friday, July 31, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, the clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, announced the launch of the first pediatric heart transplant program in Central Texas.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. While heart disease may be common, it doesn’t have to be inevitable. Watch our video for tips on how to keep your heart healthy and happy.

UT Health Austin pediatric congenital heart surgeon Carlos Mery, MD, discusses a new collaborative research study for patients with single-ventricle congenital heart disease.

12-year-old Grace Jennings is the first pediatric congenital heart patient in Central Texas to receive a life-saving mechanical heart device to stabilize her heart function. Find out how she has exceeded all expectations and is growing stronger each day.

When you're faced with a decision on where to take your child for the best care it can be a tough choice. Two-year-old Addie has been with Dr. Carlos Mery since the beginning, even when Dr. Mery moved to Austin to establish the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Defects here, Addie's mom, Patty, new he was worth following.

Cardiology Pediatrics Jul 8, 2019

One of the rarest and more severe heart defects is hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which takes three highly complex surgical procedures and a specialist team of cardiac specialists to treat. Dr. Carlos Mery talks about how they treat this condition at the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Defects at Dell Children's Medical Center.

Dell Children’s Medical Center celebrated the opening of its new pediatric cardiac care unit, a part of UT Health Austin's Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. The 24-bed inpatient unit includes state-of-the-art technology and will be the first and only dedicated pediatric cardiac care unit in Central Texas.

Cardiology Pediatrics Feb 12, 2019

The Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease team is one of the best in the nation. From your cardiologist, to your surgical team, to your caseworker who helps you navigate the processes, the team helping you is vast, and they all center their attention on you and your child. But, who all is on the team behind the surgeon?

Joaquin is an energetic 13-year-old boy who loves playing sports, but in September 2018 he began experiencing intense chest pains during baseball practice that turned out to be a massive cardiovascular event that changed his life forever.

Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD, Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, speaks with KXAN’s Gigi Barnett about his plans to build the Texas Center for Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease in Austin and what that means for children and families here and throughout the state.

Cardiology May 16, 2018

Academic medical centers are known to be at the forefront of cutting-edge medical care and technologies. They are where medical knowledge is continuously evolving through research and where new cures, therapies and treatments are found. Dr. Charles Fraser discusses how academic medical centers make an impact.

Cardiology Pediatrics Mar 16, 2018

Dr. Fraser will play a leading role in building the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a focused pediatric and congenital heart program that leverages the power of the partnership between UT Health Austin, Dell Medical School, the greater University of Texas community, and Dell Children’s Medical Center.

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