Meet Dr. Robert “Jake” JaquissPediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Dallas

Holder of the:
Pogue Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Research

Robert “Jake” Jaquiss, M.D., brings skill, experience, and compassion to his position as a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in neonatal (newborn) heart surgery and surgery for children with heart failure.

As head of the Division of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Co-Director of the Heart Center at Children’s Health, Dr. Jaquiss leads one of the largest and most experienced children’s heart programs in the country.

“We have a program with truly comprehensive capabilities, which ensures we can care for the youngest patients with heart problems – sometimes even before they are born,” Dr. Jaquiss says. “We’re known for early diagnosis with a high degree of precision and accuracy that allows us to plan for therapy at the earliest point and deliver any type of intervention that’s necessary.”

Sometimes children can be treated for their heart problems with medications or other nonsurgical options, including interventional cardiac catheterization. For others, the solution may be reconstructive cardiac surgery. But for children whose heart failure is more severe, Dr. Jaquiss applies his expertise in surgery for mechanical circulatory support (pumps that help the heart) and heart transplantation.

Connecting With Patients

To operate on the tiniest patients successfully, it takes many years of training and experience, which Dr. Jaquiss acquired at prestigious institutions including Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, and Duke before joining the team at Children’s Health℠ and UT Southwestern.

But his ability to connect with patients and their families at one of the most difficult times in their lives is also an important aspect of the care he provides.

“I’m a parent, as are many of my colleagues on the team at the Heart Center, and that helps remind all of us that our work, however highly specialized and technical it may seem, is ultimately and essentially personal; we are a team of people trying to help other people, some of whom may be very young and small, through a difficult process,” he says.