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Charles D. Fraser Jr, MD


Education

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, M.D.


Residency/Fellowship

Residency, Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Dr. Charles Fraser, Jr., joined UT Health Austin to establish The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a new, focused congenital heart surgery unit for babies, children and adults at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Prior to joining UT, Dr. Fraser and his team performed over 16,000 congenital cardiac repairs and related surgeries in children and adults. During his tenure in Houston, Dr. Fraser developed dedicated programs in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, perfusion and cardiopulmonary transplantation. He has been a longstanding advocate of public reporting of surgical outcomes and transparency. Most recently, his team at Texas Children’s Hospital achieved an overall 1.4% operative mortality rate in 2017 and were awarded a 3-star designation (highest possible) by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which was only achieved by nine programs in the United States. In 2017, the Texas Children’s Heart Center, which Dr. Fraser co-directed, achieved the #1 ranking for pediatric heart programs as noted by US News and World Report.

Dr. Fraser is Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care and Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Dell Medical School and Chief, Section of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Dr. Fraser was on the full time faculty of Baylor College of Medicine where he was tenured Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and the Susan V. Clayton Chair in Surgery. He is now Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Baylor.

During his tenure as chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery Dr. Fraser worked to refine the surgical treatment of small babies, children, and adults with congenital cardiac disease. Dr. Fraser’s areas of focus included the surgical care of these patients with particular emphasis on complex neonatal repairs of serious cardiac malformations. He has developed dedicated pediatric heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support teams to offer every available therapy in the care of critically ill children.

Dr. Fraser has maintained active research programs with specific interests in congenital heart surgical outcomes, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, brain protection, and bio-engineering. He has over 275 peer reviewed professional publications and has been awarded significant competitive peer review research funding. In 2002, Dr. Fraser performed the first successful combined pediatric heart-lung in the Southwest and subsequently he and his team developed the first pediatric lung transplant program in the region, which grew to be the nation’s largest. He implanted the world’s first DeBakey Child™ Cardiac assist device in March of 2004. He subsequently 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 US Food and Drug Administration, the first and currently only device approved for durable mechanical circulatory support in small children and babies.

Dr. Fraser’s vision for the newly formed, Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is to build on his experience to optimize the entire continuum of care of patients with congenital heart disease in a compassionate, calm, gentle environment which also nurtures and supports the patients’ families. The new program will work in an integrated fashion with the UT Dell Medical School to provide state-of-the-art care in a value driven environment. Dr. Fraser believes that the collective resources of the University of Texas, the Dell-Seton Children’s Hospital and system and innovative greater Austin community offer an unparalleled environment for the development of a preeminent program focused on patient care, education and problem directed research.

Past Appointments:

  • 1995 – 2018, Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery, Cardiac Surgeon In-Charge, Donovan Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • 2010 – 2018, Surgeon-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Joint clinical appointments at the Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas at Houston
  • Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Program at the Texas Heart Institute.

Specializations

  • Congenital Heart surgery
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Fontans procedure
  • Norwood operation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Rastelli procedure
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross Procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot Repair
  • Aortic arch advancement and valve stenosis
  • Arterial switch
  • Atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Blalock-Taussag Shunt
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Double-switch procedures

Board Certification

  • Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 the Texas Children’s Heart Center, which Dr. Fraser co-directed, achieved the #1 ranking for pediatric heart programs as noted by US News and World Report.
  • 2004 Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. DeBakey Distinguished Service Award
  • 2002 American Heart Association Medical Honoree
  • 1999 University of Texas Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
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