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Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD

Dell Children's Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 1-855-324-0091
Fax: 1-512-380-7532


The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, MD


Residency, Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Fellowship, Pediatric Heart Surgery, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

Dr. Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, is a board-certified congenital heart surgeon and serves as the Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery for the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, the clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center. He specializes in the surgical treatment of infants, children, and adults with congenital cardiac disease, with emphasis on complex neonatal repairs of serious cardiac malformations. Additionally, Dr. Fraser is a professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics as well as a professor and serves as the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the Dell Medical Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Fraser earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed a residency in surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric heart surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He has developed dedicated programs in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, perfusion, and cardiopulmonary transplantation and is a longstanding advocate of public reporting of surgical outcomes and transparency.

Dr. Fraser has over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He implanted the world’s first DeBakey Child™ Cardiac assist device and served as the National Principal Investigator of a first ever, pivotal, multi-center pediatric ventricular assist device trial to assess the safety and benefits of the Berlin Heart Pediatric EXCOR® device. This study culminated in device approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is the first, and currently only, device approved for durable mechanical circulatory support in small children and babies.


  • Arterial switch
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Blalock-Taussag Shunt
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Double-switch procedures
  • Fontan procedure
  • Norwood operation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Rastelli procedure
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross Procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot Repair

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • American Heart Association Medical Honoree
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Inspiration Award, Southern Thoracic Surgical Society
  • Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Service Award, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, The University of Texas at Austin
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