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Dr. Cindy Darnell-Bowens completed medical school at the University of Louisville Medical School followed by Pediatric Residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. She joined UT Southwestern in 2001 as a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow, and at the conclusion of fellowship became Assistant Professor in Pediatric Critical Care. Dr. Bowens’ interests in clinical research lead to her to obtain a Masters in Clinical Science with distinction in 2009. Subsequently, she participated in several clinical research trials focused on furthering the pediatric critical care experience in sedation management. Most recently, Dr. Bowens has used her research experience to facilitate numerous quality initiatives in the PICU.

Dr. Bowens serves as Medical Director of the PICU at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.


Medical School
University of Louisville School of Medicine (1998)
University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1999), Pediatrics
University of Tennessee College of Medicine (2001), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2004), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (2009)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (2009)

Research Interest

  • Pain Control
  • Quality and Guideline Initiatives
  • Sedation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Is Associated With Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Worse Outcomes in Children With Acute Respiratory Failure.
Dahmer MK, Quasney MW, Sapru A, Gildengorin G, Curley MAQ, Matthay MA, Flori H Pediatr Crit Care Med 2018 10 19 10 930-938
Improving Reliability to a Care Goal Rounding Template in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Efune PN, Morse RB, Sheehan M, Malone LM, Robertson TS, Darnell C Pediatric Quality & Safety. 2018 3 6 e117
Coagulation Profile Is Not a Predictor of Acute Cerebrovascular Events in Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients.
Anton-Martin P, Journeycake J, Modem V, Golla S, Raman L, Tweed J, Darnell-Bowens C ASAIO J. 2017 Jul
Reducing Fresh Tracheostomy Decannulations Following Implementation of a Fresh Tracheostomy Guideline.
Hood K, Lewis B, Bowens CD Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2017 Jun 29 2 131-141
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Parental Refusal of Consent in a Large, Multisite Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Trial.
Natale JE, Lebet R, Joseph JG, Ulysse C, Ascenzi J, Wypij D, Curley MAQ J. Pediatr. 2017 May 184 204-208.e1
Multiple Organ Dysfunction in Children Mechanically Ventilated for Acute Respiratory Failure.
Weiss SL, Asaro LA, Flori HR, Allen GL, Wypij D, Curley MA Pediatr Crit Care Med 2017 Apr 18 4 319-329
Accuracy of an Extubation Readiness Test in Predicting Successful Extubation in Children With Acute Respiratory Failure From Lower Respiratory Tract Disease.
Faustino EV, Gedeit R, Schwarz AJ, Asaro LA, Wypij D, Curley MA Crit. Care Med. 2017 Jan 45 1 94-102
Dexmedetomidine Use in Critically Ill Children With Acute Respiratory Failure.
Grant MJ, Schneider JB, Asaro LA, Dodson BL, Hall BA, Simone SL, Cowl AS, Munkwitz MM, Wypij D, Curley MA Pediatr Crit Care Med 2016 Sep
Staphylococcus aureus a-toxin Response Distinguishes Respiratory Virus-MRSA Co-infection in Children.
Yu KO, Randolph AG, Agan AA, Yip WK, Truemper E, Weiss S, Ackerman K, Schwarz A, Guiliani J, Hall MW, Bubeck Wardenburg J J. Infect. Dis. 2016 Sep
Early High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Failure. A Propensity Score Analysis.
Bateman ST, Borasino S, Asaro LA, Cheifetz IM, Diane S, Wypij D, Curley MA Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2016 Mar 193 5 495-503

Honors & Awards

  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2018)
  • Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
    Association of American Medical Colleges (2014)
  • Physician Champion
    Southwest Transplant Alliance (2009)
  • Departmental Scholar
    Clinical Scholars Program, UT Southwestern (2005-2009)
  • NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient
  • Pediatric Resident Award
    LeBonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee at Memphis (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
  • American College of Chest Physicians (2002-2011)
  • American Medical Association (1998-2010)
  • National Medical Association (2006-2009)
  • Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators, HSCT/Oncology Subgroup (2009-2013)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (2002)
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2001)