Dr. David Fixler is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He received a Master of Science Degree in Epidemiology from the University of London in 1982. Since that time his major research has focused on the epidemiology of congenital heart disease and most recently environmental epidemiology of exposures associated with birth defects of the heart.


Medical School
University of Chicago (1964)
Children's Memorial Medical Center - Chicago (1967), Pediatric Cardiology
Children's Memorial Medical Center - Chicago (1967), Pediatrics
University of California at San Francisco (1971), Cardiovascular Medicine

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Research Interest

    • Epidemiology of congenital heart disease


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    Health-Related Quality of Life and Functional Status Are Associated with Cardiac Status and Clinical Outcome in Children with Cardiomyopathy.
    Sleeper LA, Towbin JA, Colan SD, Hsu D, Orav EJ, Lemler MS, Clunie S, Messere J, Fountain D, Miller TL, Wilkinson JD, Lipshultz SE J. Pediatr. 2015 Dec
    Donor-specific HLA alloantibodies: Impact on cardiac allograft vasculopathy, rejection, and survival after pediatric heart transplantation.
    Tran A, Fixler D, Huang R, Meza T, Lacelle C, Das BB J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Sep
    Age at referral and mortality from critical congenital heart disease.
    Fixler DE, Xu P, Nembhard WN, Ethen MK, Canfield MA Pediatrics 2014 Jul 134 1 e98-e105
    Late Detection of Critical Congenital Heart Disease Among US Infants: Estimation of the Potential Impact of Proposed Universal Screening Using Pulse Oximetry.
    Peterson C, Ailes E, Riehle-Colarusso T, Oster ME, Olney RS, Cassell CH, Fixler DE, Carmichael SL, Shaw GM, Gilboa SM JAMA Pediatr 2014 Feb
    Prenatal Diagnosis, Birth Location, Surgical Center, and Neonatal Mortality in Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
    Morris SA, Ethen MK, Penny DJ, Canfield MA, Minard CG, Fixler DE, Nembhard WN Circulation 2013 Oct


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    Honors & Awards

    • Robert L. Moore, MD
      Distinguished Service Award for Medicine, Children’s Medical Center (2000)
    • The Dr. Fred Brooksaler
      Pediatric Teaching Professorship (1999)
    • American Heart Association Gladys Fashena Award
      Outstanding contribution to Pediatric Cardiology (1991)
    • Residents Teaching Awards, 1983-4, 1987-8
      Awarded by Children’s Medical Center for teaching excellence (1988)
    • Variety Club of Texas Humanitarian of the Year Award
      Humanitarian of the Year Award (1985)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • American College of Cardiology
    • American Society for Transplantation
    • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
    • Society for Epidemiologic Research
    • Society for Pediatric Research