A few minutes with Dr. Nugent will reveal some certainties.
He is passionate about and uniquely skilled at caring for children with heart defects, both in the clinic and through research. He has an encyclopedic understanding of how the heart works. And he is not from Texas.
“I’m from Melbourne, Australia,” he says in his quintessential Aussie accent. “I moved to the United States 13 years ago and have been here ever since.”
Dr. Nugent came to America for a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he learned about pediatric interventional cardiology from some of the leading minds in the field.
He has applied that knowledge for the benefit of patients like Anthony Herman (read his Rhythm of the Heart story) for the past five years at Children’s Medical Center. And he’s convinced that the The Heart Center at Children’s cares for children with heart conditions as well as anywhere in the world.
“I was once told that the measure of a good program isn’t a survey but instead where the doctors in the program would choose to send their own children,” Dr. Nugent says. “I wouldn’t hesitate one second to send my children to The Heart Center at Children’s if they had a heart problem.”