Roy J. Heyne, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, with over 35 years experience in general pediatrics, including nutrition, developmental and behavioral medicine, and high risk infant follow-up. As Medical Director of the Thrive Program (formerly Low Birth Weight Clinic) at Children's Health Children's Medical Center Dallas, he oversees comprehensive, multi-disciplinary clinical follow-up of high-risk infants, participates in multiple national research projects, and provides education for a broad spectrum of medical trainees and staff. He is co-founder of the Low Birth Weight Development Center, and as Board Vice President he continues to oversee its provision of psychosocial-educational services to high-risk infants and their families. In the area of medical administration, he serves as Patient Safety Officer at Children's Health Children's Medical Center Dallas, with over 30 years experience in quality management.


Medical School
University of Colorado School of Medicine (1974)
Saint Joseph Hospital - Denver, CO (1975), Rotating
Children's Health Dallas (1978), Pediatrics

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Complex High-Risk Infants
  • Very Low Birth Weight
  • Research Interest

    • Growth/nutrition follow-up of high risk infants
    • Metabolic syndrome in high risk infants
    • Neurodevelopmental follow-up of high risk infants


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Biomarkers of Adiposity Are Elevated in Preterm Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants at 1, 2 and 3 Years of Age.
    Duncan AF, Frankfurt JA, Heyne RJ, Rosenfeld CR Pediatr. Res. 2017 Jan
    Heterogeneous increases of regional cerebral blood flow during preterm brain development: Preliminary assessment with pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeled perfusion MRI.
    Ouyang M, Liu P, Jeon T, Chalak L, Heyne R, Rollins NK, Licht DJ, Detre JA, Roberts TP, Lu H, Huang H Neuroimage 2016 Dec 147 233-242
    Growth Outcomes of Preterm Infants Exposed to Different Oxygen Saturation Target Ranges from Birth.
    Navarrete CT, Wrage LA, Carlo WA, Walsh MC, Rich W, Gantz MG, Das A, Schibler K, Newman NS, Piazza AJ, Poindexter BB, Shankaran S, Sánchez PJ, Morris BH, Frantz ID, Van Meurs KP, Cotten CM, Ehrenkranz RA, Bell EF, Watterberg KL, Higgins RD, Duara S J. Pediatr. 2016 Jun
    Language outcomes among ELBW infants in early childhood.
    Adams-Chapman I, Bann C, Carter SL, Stoll BJ Early Hum. Dev. 2015 Jun 91 6 373-9
    Developmental outcomes of extremely preterm infants born to adolescent mothers.
    Hoffman L, Bann C, Higgins R, Vohr B Pediatrics 2015 Jun 135 6 1082-92
    Cognitive Outcomes After Neonatal Encephalopathy.
    Pappas A, Shankaran S, McDonald SA, Vohr BR, Hintz SR, Ehrenkranz RA, Tyson JE, Yolton K, Das A, Bara R, Hammond J, Higgins RD Pediatrics 2015 Feb

    Honors & Awards

    • ARCH Employee of the Month
    • Top Ten Teacher in Department of Pediatrics
    • Mead Johnson National Pediatric Scholar
    • Senior Clinician of the Year NCTIPA

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow (2004)