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David "Tug" W. Tuggle, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

Associate Trauma Medical Director, Dell Children's Medical Center

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David "Tug" 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.

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  • Pediatric Surgery

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 (my second 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

  • Fellowship

    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

My Clinical Focus

I love all aspects of pediatric surgery, but I fell into my clinical focus by accident. When I started pediatric surgery, no one else 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

Why Choose Pediatric Care with Seton

We believe in showing dignity and respect to every person we serve, and that includes our littlest patients too. It's part of what we call Humancare: delivering the best possible healthcare for humans, big or small.

Our pediatric care team includes board-certified pediatric specialists, skilled nurses and other health providers who handle complex medical and neurological issues as well as health concerns as simple as vaccinations. Seton also maintains a strong presence in schools and programs throughout the surrounding communities to bring healthcare to the kids and families who need it the most.

We offer a range of health services to keep your kids healthy, from making it easier to schedule clinical visits for everyday illnesses to planning in-hospital playtime and other innovative ways to connect with children.

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