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Associate Trauma Medical Director, Dell Children's Medical Center

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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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  • Pediatric Surgery

Seton Hospital Affiliation

  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
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Provides Care Through

  • Austin Pediatric Surgery

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

  1. Pediatric Trauma Care
  2. Emergency Surgical Services
  3. Hernia Repair
  4. Neonatal Surgery
  5. Cancer Surgery
  6. Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Southwestern Med Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Residency

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX – General Surgery
  • Fellowship

    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK – Pediatric Surgery
  • Board Certification

    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.


  1. ACS Children's Surgery Verification Committee
  2. American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

Insurances Accepted

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