David W. Tuggle, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
Associate Trauma Medical Director, Dell Children's Medical Center
Dr. Tuggle was Vice Chair of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the OU Medical Center until 2013. He and his wife moved to Austin to be near their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. His current interests are trauma and acute care surgery in children.
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Seton Hospital Affiliation
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
Seton Medical Center Austin
My Passion for Healthcare
I thought I would be a professional musician, but I changed my mind one month before college started. One of the three best decisions I have made. Training as an adult surgeon allowed me to have contact with children, and I fell in love with pediatric surgery (another really good decision). My best decision was proposing to my wife.
Services I Provide
Pediatric Trauma Care
Emergency Surgical Services
Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery
Degree & Residency
University of Texas Southwestern Med Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX – General Surgery
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK – Pediatric Surgery
American Board of Surgery – General Surgery
American Board of Surgery – Pediatric Surgery
American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care
My Clinical Focus
I love all aspects of pediatric surgery, but I fell into my clinical focus by accident. When I started pediatric surgery, few pediatric surgeons were really was interested in taking care of injured children, so I made it my interest. It gave me a great opportunity to do research and teach young doctors. Five of the 20 pediatric surgeons I trained now are trauma directors at their own hospitals.
- ACS Children's Surgery Verification Committee
- American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma
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