Dr. Daniel J. Penny, an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cardiology from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has been named leader of pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of Cardiology at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. Penny will lead a team of 33 physicians representing multiple pediatric cardiology subspecialties at Texas Children’s Heart Center, which is ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. At BCM, he will serve as professor of pediatrics and head of the Pediatric Cardiology Section.

A native of Ireland, Dr. Penny trained and practiced at top pediatric institutions, such as The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as chief of Cardiology prior to accepting the chief’s role at Texas Children’s. Dr. Penny was a founding director of the Australia and New Zealand Children’s Heart Research Centre, a collaborative network for multicenter research across Australia and New Zealand. His research bridges cardiac physiology and clinical studies of congenital heart disease.

"Dr. Penny is one the great pediatric cardiologists in the world today," said Dr. Mark W. Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at BCM. "In addition to his leadership in Melbourne, he spearheaded a drive to build a new cardiovascular center in Hue, Vietnam, helping to secure funds, design the facility and train its staff. Today, hundreds of patients, who otherwise would have fallen victim to heart disease or congenital heart defect, are alive thanks to Dr. Penny’s efforts."