William A. Scott, M.D. M.S. is Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart Center at Children's Medical Center, Dallas. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine His post graduate training included an internship and residency in pediatrics at Indiana University/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan/C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. He also has a Master’s Degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Dr. Scott's specific area of expertise is cardiac electrophysiology (arrhythmias) and he has a special interest in prevention of sudden cardiac death. He established a comprehensive program for the management of children with arrhythmias upon his arrival and has directed that program since its inception.

Dr. Scott’s research interests are directed at advancing non-invasive technology to diagnose and manage children with congenital and acquired heart disease. He has authored many peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He helped oversee a collaborative grant from the State of Texas to evaluate the feasibility of screening school age children for unrecognized heart disease.


Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine (1982)
James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children (1983), Pediatrics
James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children (1984), Pediatrics
James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children (1985), Pediatrics
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (1987), Pediatric Cardiology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasis (ARVD)
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias (Irregular Heartbeats)
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Pacemaker Insertion
  • Research Interest

    • Arrhythmia
    • Cardiac involvement in neuromuscular disease
    • Epidemiology of congenital heart disease
    • Heart rate variability
    • Pacemaker


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Incidence of acute kidney injury following cardiac catheterization prior to cardiopulmonary bypass in children.
    Huggins N, Nugent A, Modem V, Rodriguez JS, Forbess J, Scott W, Dimas VV Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2014 Jan
    Temporary Atrial Pacing for Cardiac Output After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
    Barker GM, Affolter J, Saenz J, Cox CS, Forbess JM, Scott WA, Zeltser I Pediatr Cardiol 2013 Mar
    Role of molecular analysis after autopsy negative sudden death in the young.
    Scott WA Curr Pediatr Rev 2013 9 2 175-8
    Lessons learned from preparticipation cardiovascular screening in a state funded program.
    Zeltser I, Cannon B, Silvana L, Fenrich A, George J, Schleifer J, Garcia M, Barnes A, Rivenes S, Patt H, Rodgers G, Scott W Am. J. Cardiol. 2012 Sep 110 6 902-8
    Part 10: Pediatric basic and advanced life support: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations.
    Kleinman ME, de Caen AR, Chameides L, Atkins DL, Berg RA, Berg MD, Bhanji F, Biarent D, Bingham R, Coovadia AH, Hazinski MF, Hickey RW, Nadkarni VM, Reis AG, Rodriguez-Nunez A, Tibballs J, Zaritsky AL, Zideman D Circulation 2010 Oct 122 16 Suppl 2 S466-515


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    Honors & Awards

    • America's Top Pediatricians
      Consumer Research Council (2010-2015)
    • America's Top Cardiologists
      Consumer Research Council (2006-2015)
    • Texas Super Doctors
      Texas Monthly Magazine (2006-2015)
    • Best Doctors in Dallas
      D Magazine (2003-2015)
    • Best Doctors
      Best Doctors, Inc. (1996-2015)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Dr. Tom Dooley Society (2007)
    • Dallas County Medical Society (2005)
    • Texas Pediatric Society (1998)
    • Heart Rhythm Society, Fellow (1995)
    • American College of Cardiology, Fellow (1990)
    • Member, American Heart Association - Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young (1990)
    • Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (1990)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow (1989)