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Anesthesiologists in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease enter a multi-site clinical trial to determine best care practices for patients undergoing congenital heart surgery.

In this two-part series, UT Health Austin clinicians discuss the importance of adequate caloric intake for young athletes.

Stephen Strakowski, MD, offers advice for teens and their caregivers looking to manage academic stress.

In this two-part series, UT Health Austin clinicians discuss the importance of adequate caloric intake for young athletes.

Orthopedics Pediatrics Jul 19, 2022

J. Mica Guzman, MD, offers tips to keep your kid safe as they gear up for the athletic season.

Children as young as six months are now eligible for the shot.

On December 13, 2018, 5-year-old Owen Coulter’s heart stopped beating in the emergency room at Dell Children’s Medical Center. After 90 minutes of CPR and other critical interventions, his heart began beating again. Today, three years later, Owen is a vibrant, curious second grader. Read Owen's story and find out why Owen's parents, Kristin and Darin Coulter, refer to Dell Children's as their family.

UT Health Austin and Dell Children's Medical Center are excited to announce the opening of the Pediatric Abdominal Transplant Center, a clinical partnership between Dell Children's Medical Center and UT Health Austin that brings specialized teams across healthcare entities together under the mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.

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.

Despite having access to centers that specialize in pediatric headache in Houston and Dallas, parents Michael and Linda Olson choose to travel from Houston to Austin so that their daughter, Maya, could receive care from the Headache Center within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s. Find out why.

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.

UT Health Austin clinicians and researchers across The University of Texas at Austin work together to conduct a three-year study using video games and virtual reality to rewire the brains of adolescents and young adults with epilepsy who require surgery to end their seizures.

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

UT Health Austin licensed professional counselor Marcella Maxwell, MA, LMFT, LCP, educates parents on how to become adequate advocates for their students navigating medical and mental health concerns within the academic setting.

Neurosciences Pediatrics Jul 28, 2021

UT Health Austin pediatric trauma expert Kelly Gettig, APRN, MSN, CBIS, CIC, CPNP-PC/AC, helps parents recognize the symptoms of concussion and traumatic brain injury, provides tips on early concussion care, and shares advice on when to seek additional help.

UT Health Austin clinicians and researchers across The University of Texas at Austin are working with patients in the Dell Children's Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children's to better understand how the brain responds to speech and language. This research can help improve outcomes for children who undergo surgery that may affect areas of the brain that play a vital role in processing speech and language.

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.

UT Health Austin pediatric behavioral and mental health specialists practicing in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children's explain the impact of changes related to COVID-19 on children and offer solutions and resources to parents on how to help them adjust during these times of uncertainty.

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.

Find out how Kaitlin Lunt, a 22-year-old Austin resident who has suffered from chronic migraines for ten years, finds relief without experiencing setbacks.

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.

Get to know UT Health Austin epileptologist David Clarke, MD, who serves as the Director of the Dell Children's Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s. Find out how Dr. Clarke's origin and background influence his approach to caring for children with epilepsy around the world.

UT Health Austin partners with Dell Children’s Medical Center to establish the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program. This level 4 epilepsy center consists of a team of over 20 specialists, each bringing a unique perspective and skillset to ensure the most well-rounded pediatric care.

UT Health Austin partners with Dell Children’s Medical Center to establish the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program, the only dedicated epilepsy center in Central Texas. The Dell Children’s Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center has been recognized as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy for meeting the highest standards for providing the most complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment.

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 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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