Dr. Angela Scheuerle fell in love with genetics as a sophomore in high school and never looked back. She now has the career that she wanted at the age of 15 – even though such a profession didn’t exist at the time.  Learning the intricacies of the science is like learning the secret of a magic trick.  Remember the “ah hah!” moment when you suddenly mastered a two-wheeler? Genetics is like that.

Dr. Scheuerle graduated Magna Cum Laude as a biology major from Sewanee: The University of the South. She received her M.D. from The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Scheuerle completed a Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Medical Genetics Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Her fellowship started just at the beginning of the Human Genome Project, so she got to “grow up” in genetics at a very exciting time: when it was possible to keep up with gene discoveries because it was about one every two weeks. She has also completed a fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Scheuerle is board certified in Clinical Genetics, Clinical Molecular Genetics, and Pediatrics.

She started shadowing in a craniofacial clinic during high school, where she developed a specific interest in craniofacial malformations. She has practiced Clinical Genetics in Houston and then Dallas since 1995. From 2003 to 2014 she was in private practice at Tesserae Genetics at Medical City Dallas. At that time, she was adjunct faculty at UT Southwestern in the Program of Ethics in Science and Medicine and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Development since 2000. She joined the Pediatric Division of Genetics and Metabolism as full faculty in September 2014. She holds secondary appointments as Professor in the McDermott Center and in the Department of Pathology, where she is also co-director of the Fellowship in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Scheuerle works in public health genetics and drug safety. She has worked with the Texas Department of State Health Services Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch since 1993. This Branch operates the Texas Birth Defect Registry, an active state surveillance system that monitors birth prevalence of congenital anomalies and genetic conditions. This became particularly important in 2016 with the Zika virus epidemic. In July 2016, she attended and participated in a workshop at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to define guidelines for evaluation and management of infants and children exposed to Zika virus.

The Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch manages the Texas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (TCBDRP), which performs and supports investigation into causes of birth defects.  The TCBDRP participated in the 15-year, 10-state National Birth Defects Prevention Study, and Dr. Scheuerle served as the Geneticist for Texas’ contribution to that Study. She continues her involvement with research generated from both the state and national programs.

In 1997, Dr. Scheuerle joined the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry (APR). This is an FDA-mandated, post-marketing exposure registry that began in 1989 as the Zidovudine in Pregnancy Registry. This multi-drug registry is one of the largest of its kind, monitoring pregnancy exposure of now over 40 HIV and Hepatitis medications. Dr. Scheuerle’s role as teratologist is to identify those cases in which exposure to one or more medications temporally associates with embryopathogenesis of the anomaly. She also serves on the scientific advisory and steering committees for the APR. Her Organ System Classification schema for categorizing birth defects is one of two recommended by the FDA for use in pharmaceutical pregnancy registry work. Dr. Scheuerle now participates in other pregnancy registries and provides similar consultative services to US- and European-based pharmaceutical companies.


Medical School
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (1988)
University of Cincinnati/Children's Hospital Medical Center (1991), Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital (1995), Medical Genetics

Research Interest

  • Public health genetics and birth defect surveillance
  • Syndrome definition
  • Teratogenic risks of prescription medication/drug safety


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Sociodemographic and hispanic acculturation factors and isolated anotia/microtia.
Hoyt AT, Canfield MA, Shaw GM, Waller DK, Polen KN, Ramadhani T, Anderka MT, Scheuerle AE Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol. 2014 Jul
Loss-of-function HDAC8 mutations cause a phenotypic spectrum of Cornelia de Lange syndrome-like features, ocular hypertelorism, large fontanelle and X-linked inheritance.
Kaiser FJ, Ansari M, Braunholz D, Concepción Gil-Rodríguez M, Decroos C, Wilde JJ, Fincher CT, Kaur M, Bando M, Amor DJ, Atwal PS, Bahlo M, Bowman CM, Bradley JJ, Brunner HG, Clark D, Del Campo M, Di Donato N, Diakumis P, Dubbs H, Dyment DA, Eckhold J, Ernst S, Ferreira JC, Francey LJ, Gehlken U, Guillén-Navarro E, Gyftodimou Y, Hall BD, Hennekam R, Hudgins L, Hullings M, Hunter JM, Yntema H, Innes AM, Kline AD, Krumina Z, Lee H, Leppig K, Lynch SA, Mallozzi MB, Mannini L, McKee S, Mehta SG, Micule I, Mohammed S, Moran E, Mortier GR, Moser JA, Noon SE, Nozaki N, Nunes L, Pappas JG, Penney LS, Pérez-Aytés A, Petersen MB, Puisac B, Revencu N, Roeder E, Saitta S, Scheuerle AE, Schindeler KL, Siu VM, Stark Z, Strom SP, Thiese H, Vater I, Willems P, Williamson K, Wilson LC, Hakonarson H, Quintero-Rivera F, Wierzba J, Musio A, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Ramos FJ, Jackson LG, Shirahige K, Pié J, Christianson DW, Krantz ID, Fitzpatrick DR, Deardorff MA Hum. Mol. Genet. 2014 Jun 23 11 2888-900
Mortality in babies with achondroplasia: revisited.
Simmons K, Hashmi SS, Scheuerle A, Canfield M, Hecht JT Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol. 2014 Apr 100 4 247-9
Insight into IKBKG/NEMO locus: report of new mutations and complex genomic rearrangements leading to incontinentia pigmenti disease.
Conte MI, Pescatore A, Paciolla M, Esposito E, Miano MG, Lioi MB, McAleer MA, Giardino G, Pignata C, Irvine AD, Scheuerle AE, Royer G, Hadj-Rabia S, Bodemer C, Bonnefont JP, Munnich A, Smahi A, Steffann J, Fusco F, Ursini MV Hum. Mutat. 2014 Feb 35 2 165-77
Prenatal diagnosis and cesarean section in a large, population-based birth defects registry.
Case AP, Colpitts LR, Langlois PH, Scheuerle AE J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med. 2012 Apr 25 4 395-402
Descriptive epidemiology of selected heritable birth defects in Texas.
Moffitt KB, Abiri OO, Scheuerle AE, Langlois PH Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol. 2011 Dec 91 12 990-4
PARK2 copy number aberrations in two children presenting with autism spectrum disorder: further support of an association and possible evidence for a new microdeletion/microduplication syndrome.
Scheuerle A, Wilson K Am. J. Med. Genet. B Neuropsychiatr. Genet. 2011 Jun 156B 4 413-20
Birth defects among a cohort of infants born to HIV-infected women on antiretroviral medication.
Watts DH, Huang S, Culnane M, Kaiser KA, Scheuerle A, Mofenson L, Stanley K, Newell ML, Mandelbrot L, Delfraissy JF, Cunningham CK J Perinat Med 2011 Mar 39 2 163-70
Clinical differentiation of patent foramen ovale and secundum atrial septal defect: a survey of pediatric cardiologists in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Scheuerle A J Registry Manag 2011 38 1 4-8
A physician survey regarding diagnostic variability among birth defects.
Langlois PH, Sheu SU, Scheuerle AE Am. J. Med. Genet. A 2010 Jun 152A 6 1594-8


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Appendix III: Syndromes Glossary. In Cabana MD, ed. The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 7th ed.

Scheuerle AE. (2015). Wolters Kluwer; 1027-1033.

Genetics in the Clinic: Clinical, Ethical and Social Implications for Primary Care.

(Ed.) (2001). St. Louis: Mosby

Understanding Genetics: A Guide for Couples and Families.

(Ed.) (2005). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology. In Cabana M, ed. Rudolph's Pediatrics Self-Assessment and Board Review. 22nd ed.

Scheuerle A. (2014). San Francisco: McGraw Hill; 220-236.

Review of Embryology and Clinical Genetics. In Advances in Plastic Surgery.

Scheuerle A. (1998).

Honors & Awards

  • Texas Super Doctor
    Texas Monthly (2018)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2010-2018)
  • Distinguished Service Award
    National Birth Defect Prevention Network (2010)
  • First place poster award
    National Birth Defect Prevention Network (2009)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • AAP - Section Executive Committee (2013-2015)
  • AAP - ListServ Working Group (2011)
  • North Texas Bioethics Network (2005)
  • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas (2004)
  • Bioethics Committee, Medical City Dallas Hospital (2003-2014)
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Network (1998)
  • Houston Bioethics Network (1997-1998)
  • AAP - Council on Genetics (1995-2019)
  • American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (1995)
  • American Society of Human Genetics (1990)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (1988)