Professor of Surgery and Chief
Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Susan V. Clayton Chair in Surgery
Texas Children's Hospital
Donovan Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery
Texas Children's Hospital
Section Chief, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
Texas Heart Institute


Fellowship at Royal Children's Hospital
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Affiliate Hospitals
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Affiliate Hospitals
Fellowship at Texas Heart Institute
Cardiovascular Surgery
Senior and Chief Resident from Johns Hopkins University
Intern and Assistant Resident from Johns Hopkins Affiliate Hospitals
M.D. from University Of Texas Medical School At Galveston
B.A. from University Of Texas At Austin


Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners

Honors & Awards

Best Doctors in America
Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement
Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education
Phillip Caves Memorial Award for Outstanding Research

Professional Interests

  • Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Fontans procedure
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Norwood operation
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Rastelli procedure
  • Repair of Ebstein's anomaly
  • Repair of anomalous coronary artery
  • Ross procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Aortic arch advancement
  • Aortic valve stenosis repair
  • Arterial switch
  • Atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect closures
  • Atrioventricular canal defect repair
  • Blalock-Taussig shunt
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Double-switch procedures

Professional Statement

Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., is Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Cardiac Surgeon In-Charge at Texas Children’s Hospital, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital. He holds the Donovan Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and has joint clinical appointments at the Texas Heart Institute and The University of Texas at Houston. Dr. Fraser also serves as Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Program at the Texas Heart Institute.

As chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Heart Center, Dr. Fraser works to refine the surgical treatment of small babies, children, and adults with congenital cardiac disease. Dr. Fraser’s focus is on the surgical care of these patients with particular emphasis on complex neonatal repairs of serious cardiac malformations. He has developed dedicated pediatric heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support teams to offer every available therapy in the care of critically ill children.

Dr. Fraser was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in 1995 to establish a new focused congenital heart surgery unit. Since that time, he and his team have performed over 10,000 congenital cardiac repairs and related surgeries in children and adults.

Dr. Fraser maintains an active research program with specific interests in congenital heart surgical outcomes, transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, brain protection, and bioengineering. In 2002, his team developed the first pediatric lung transplant program in the Southwest, which has subsequently grown to be the nation’s largest. He implanted the world’s first DeBakey Child™ Cardiac assist device in March of 2004. He currently serves as the National Principal Investigator of a pivotal multi-center pediatric ventricular assist device trial to assess the safety and benefits of the Berlin Heart Pediatric EXCOR® device.

Selected Publications


American College of Cardiology
International Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Surgeons
Southern Surgical Association
American Medical Association
Harris County Medical Society
Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
Texas Medical Association
American Heart Association
Houston Surgical Society
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Texas Surgical Society
Halsted Residents Old Hands Society
International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society
Society of University Surgeons
Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
American Surgical Association
Organization of Children’s Hospitals’ Surgeons-in-Chief
Thoracic Surgery Directors Association
World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery