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Pediatrics - Cardiology

Houston, Texas

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Pediatrics - Cardiology
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Susan W. Denfield, M.D.

Susan W. Denfield, M.D.Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Cardiology

Attending Physician, Texas Children's Hospital


  • Pediatric Cardiology, Echocardiography, Cardiomyopathy/Heart Failure, Transplantation


  • M.D., 1983 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Residency, 1983-1987 University of North Carolina, Durham, N.C.

  • Fellowship, 1987-1990 Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Cardiomyopathies with a special interest in restrictive cardiomyopathy in children and cardiac transplantation

  • Staff attending in the echocardiography laboratory, general cardiology clinic and cardiomyopathy/transplant clinic as well as the cardiology ward service

  • Clinical aspects of cardiomyopathies and transplant with particular emphasis on restrictive cardiomyopathy in children

Select Publications

Maskatia SA, Decker JA, Spinner JA, Kim JJ, Price JF, Jefferies JL, Dreyer WJ, Smith OE, Rossano JW, Denfield SW. Restrictive physiology is associated with poor outcomes in children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pediatr Cardiol.33(1):141-149, 2012. Epub ahead of print, Sept, 2011.

Rossano JW, Grenier MA, Dreyer WJ, Kimm JJ, Price JF, Jefferies JL, Smith EO, Clunie SK, Moulik M, Decker JA, Breinholt JP, Morales DL, McKenzie ED, Towbin JA, Denfield SW. Effect of body mass index on outcome in pediatric heart transplant patients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 26:718-723, 2007.

Tan LH, Jefferies JL, Liang JF, Denfield SW, Dreyer WJ, Mott AR, Grenier MA, Dickerson HA, Price JF, Towbin JA, Ou CN, Chang AC. Concentrations of brain natriuretic peptide in the plasma predicts outcomes of treatment of children with decompensated heart failure admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Cardiol Young.18:1-10, 2007.

Morales DL, Dreyer WJ, Denfield SW, Heinle JS, McKenzie ED, Graves DE, Price JF, Towbin JA, Frazier OH, Cooley DA, Fraser CD Jr. Over two decades of pediatric heart transplantation: how has survival changed? J Carciovasc Surg.133:632-639, 2007.

McMahon CJ, Pigantelli RH, Magueh SF, Lee VV, Vaughn W, Valdes SO, Kovalchin JP, Jefferies JL, Dreyer WJ, Denfield SW, Clunie S, Towbin JA, Eidem BW. Left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy in children: characterisation of clinical status using tissue Doppler-derived indices of left ventricular diastolic relaxation. Heart.93:676-681, 2007.

Kim JJ, Denfield SW, McKenzie ED, Fraser CD Jr, Heinle JS, Goldstein S, Towbin JA, Dreyer WJ. Mechanical circulatory support as a bridge to combined cual organ transplantation in children. J Heart Lung Transplant.25:1480-1482, 2006.

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin St., MC 19345-C
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-826-5682
Fax: 832-825-5630

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