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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, child abuse/neglect, 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 has served in multiple leadership roles at Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center Dallas over the past four decades, including Medical Staff President, Medical Director of Quality, Patient Safety Officer, and Chair of multiple committees.


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

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

Structural network maturation of the preterm human brain.
Zhao T, Mishra V, Jeon T, Ouyang M, Peng Q, Chalak L, Wisnowski JL, Heyne R, Rollins N, Shu N, Huang H, Neuroimage 2019 01 185 699-710
Valid serial length measurements in preterm infants permit characterization of growth patterns.
Pavageau L, Rosenfeld CR, Heyne R, Brown LS, Whitham J, Lair C, Brion LP J Perinatol 2018 Sep
Prospective research in infants with mild encephalopathy identified in the first six hours of life: neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18-22 months.
Chalak LF, Nguyen KA, Prempunpong C, Heyne R, Thayyil S, Shankaran S, Laptook AR, Rollins N, Pappas A, Koclas L, Shah B, Montaldo P, Techasaensiri B, Sánchez PJ, Sant'Anna G Pediatr. Res. 2018 Sep
Lenticulostriate vasculopathy in preterm infants: a new classification, clinical associations and neurodevelopmental outcome.
Sisman J, Chalak L, Heyne R, Pritchard M, Weakley D, Brown LS, Rosenfeld CR J Perinatol 2018 Aug
High Blood Pressure at Early School Age Among Extreme Preterms.
Vohr BR, Heyne R, Bann C, Das A, Higgins RD, Hintz SR Pediatrics 2018 Jul
Preterm Neuroimaging and School-Age Cognitive Outcomes.
Hintz SR, Vohr BR, Bann CM, Taylor HG, Das A, Gustafson KE, Yolton K, Watson VE, Lowe J, DeAnda ME, Ball MB, Finer NN, Van Meurs KP, Shankaran S, Pappas A, Barnes PD, Bulas D, Newman JE, Wilson-Costello DE, Heyne RJ, Harmon HM, Peralta-Carcelen M, Adams-Chapman I, Duncan AF, Fuller J, Vaucher YE, Colaizy TT, Winter S, McGowan EC, Goldstein RF, Higgins RD Pediatrics 2018 Jun

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)