Meet Farm Boy Dr. David Schindel

David Schindel, M.D.

Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Children’s Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, UT Southwestern
Director of the EXIT Program

WHAT HE DOES:  Trained to perform all types of pediatric surgeries, but especially interested in surgeries needed to correct fetal and newborn birth defects identified prenatally. These surgeries include EXIT  procedures, in which the mother’s uterus essentially functions as a cardiac bypass machine David Schindel, M.D.while he performs surgery on the fetus. “Technology allows us to see congenital anomalies sooner and clearer, which enables us to give life to children who otherwise might not survive to birth.”

WHY HE’S HERE: “My heart is in learning the new frontiers of medicine and teaching it to others. Research and the expertise available at UT Southwestern allow us to always be on the cutting edge, offering the best of possibilities and resources to our patients.”

FARM BOY AT HEART: Grew up on an Ohio dairy-cattle farm; wanted to be a veterinarian after working in the farm’s calf intensive care unit. “But at 16, after a long night in the field raking hay, I had an Aha! moment and just knew that my life’s calling was to become a doctor. That seemed a bit out of reach at the time, as I’m the first in my family to graduate from college.”

FAMILY MATTERS: Being a dad impacts his work positively. “At the end of the day, I’m a dad as much as I am a physician, so I’m able to be empathetic to the problems and concerns of patient families.”

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