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InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
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    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics

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    Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., is Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Cardiac Surgeon In-Charge at Texas Children’s Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital. He holds the Donovan Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and has joint clinical appointments at the Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas at Houston. Dr. Fraser also serves as Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Program at the Texas Heart Institute.

    As Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Heart Center, Dr. Fraser works to refine the surgical treatment of small babies, children, and adults with congenital cardiac disease. Dr. Fraser’s focus is on the surgical care of these patients with particular emphasis on complex neonatal repairs of serious cardiac malformations. He has developed dedicated pediatric heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support teams to offer every available therapy in the care of critically ill children.

    Dr. Fraser was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in 1995 to establish a new focused congenital heart surgery unit. Since that time, he and his team have performed over 10,000 congenital cardiac repairs and related surgeries in children and adults.

    Dr. Fraser maintains an active research program with specific interests in congenital heart surgical outcomes, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, brain protection, and bioengineering. In 2002, his team developed the first pediatric lung transplant program in the Southwest, which has subsequently grown to be the nation’s largest. He implanted the world’s first DeBakey Child™ Cardiac assist device in March of 2004. He currently serves as the National Principal Investigator of a pivotal multi-center pediatric ventricular assist device trial to assess the safety and benefits of the Berlin Heart Pediatric EXCOR® device.

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    1. Mery CM, Moffett BS, Khan MS, Zhang W, Guzmán-Pruneda FA, Fraser CD, Cabrera AG. Incidence and treatment of chylothorax after cardiac surgery in children: analysis of a large multi-institution database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Feb; 147(2):678-86.e1; discussion 685-6. PMID: 24246545.
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