David W. Tuggle, 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.


Pediatric Surgery

Provides Care Through

Austin Pediatric Surgery

Services I Provide

Pediatric Trauma Care
Emergency Surgical Services
Hernia Repair
Neonatal Surgery
Cancer Surgery
Non-Cardiac Thoracic 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

Primary Location

Austin Pediatric Surgery
Strictly Pediatrics Subspecialty Center
1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd
Suite 400
Austin, TX 78723
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Secondary Location

Pediatric Specialty Center
1301 Medical Parkway
Suite 340
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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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.

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.

Degree & Residency

Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Med Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK
Board Certification
American Board of Surgery/Surgical Critical Care American Board of Pediatric Surgery American Board of Surgery


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

Insurances Accepted

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