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), Pediatrics
Children's Memorial Medical Center - Chicago (1967), Pediatric Cardiology
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


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Racial/ethnic disparities in risk of early childhood mortality among children with
    Nembhard WN, Salemi JS, Ethen MK, Fixler DE, Canfield MA, DiMaggio A. Pediatrics 2011 127 e1127-e1138
    Mortality among infants with birth defects: joint effects of size-at-birth, gestational age and maternal race/ethnicity.
    Nembhard WN, Salemi JS, Ethen MK, Fixler DE, Canfield MA. Birth Defects Res Part A: Clinical Molecular Teratology 2010 88 728-36
    Five-year Survival of Texas Infants with a Functional Single Ventricle Born During 1996-2003
    Fixler DE, Nembhard WN, Salemi JL, Ethen MK, Canfield MA Circulation 2010 121 644-650
    Mortality resulting from congenital heart disease among children and adults in the United States, 1999 to 2006.
    Gilboa SM, Salemi JL, Nembhard WN, Fixler DE, Correa AC. Circulation 2010 122 2254-63
    Infliximab Treatment of Intravenous Immunoglobulin-Resistant Kawasaki Disease
    Burns JC, Best BM, Mejias A, Mahony L, Fixler DE, Jafri HS, Melish ME, Jackson MA, Asmar BI, Lang DJ, Connor JD, Capparelli EV, Keen ML, Mamun K, Keenan GF, Ramilo O Journal of Pediatrics 2008 153(6) 833-838

    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
    • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
    • Society for Epidemiologic Research
    • Society for Pediatric Research