Each year, thousands of families in Central Texas receive the news no parent wants to hear—your child has a serious, life-threatening disease. For these families, the words that often follow are difficult: Your child’s best chance of survival lies elsewhere. Right now, care for patients in need of advanced, specialty care often means families have to juggle impractical and expensive long-distance travel or bi-city living for long periods of time. And these are the fortunate ones. For the 70% of Dell Children’s Medical Center patients who are un- or under-insured, life-saving care may be out of their reach. To us, this is simply unacceptable.

Dell Children’s Wants To Offer The Best Healthcare In The Nation To Our Children, Right Here At Home.


What Will It Take?

Investment in our leading advanced-care lines:

Heart CareBrain Care | Cancer Care | Fetal Care

Patients in these services have spent more than 16,400 days and nights away from home in hospitals in other cities—our goal is to reduce that number to zero. By creating, building and growing four outstanding Centers of Excellence, including Maternal Fetal Medicine, we will connect exceptional medical practitioners to our little patients. These physicians will advance the practice of medicine, build stellar medical teams and do exceptional work on behalf of our children.

Days Away From Home

Many centers, one advanced facility

With existing at Dell Children’s at capacity we have created a new four-story, 161,000-square-foot facility connected to Dell Children’s, to develop efficient Cardiovascular and Heart Surgery, Neurosciences, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Oncology/Hematology services alongside critical support services and specialty clinics. The new facility is fostering innovative teamwork and advanced care.

PACE Rendering

Heart Care: Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

In 2018, world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon, Dr. Charles Fraser, joined our team with the express purpose of building the best congenital heart program in the nation. Dr. Frasers’ team hit the ground running and is now well on its way to perform a record number of heart surgeries and soon will introduce Dell Children’s first heart transplants. Our goal is to make Dell Children’s the definitive destination for cardiovascular care, drawing patients from across the region, state and nation.

Brain Care: Neurosciences Center of Excellence

Dell Children’s anticipates an 18% increase in the community’s need for neurological services over the next decade. At the same time, clinical and technological advances are expanding treatment options for our community. The recruitment of nationally renowned neurologist, Dr. E. Steve Roach, anticipates these challenges and opportunities. Dr. Roach will lead the way in establishing high-level care in neurosurgery, neurology, epilepsy and neuropsychology, as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation. Locating this Center of Excellence within the new facility will not only create synergies between service lines, it will establish a pediatric health ecosystem on the Dell Children’s campus that is truly distinguished from peer institutions in our immediate region.

Cancer Care: Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Excellence

Children’s Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) is currently the only cancer center in the region just for children. However, patients requiring a higher level of care must travel outside the region for services. For the CBCC to become the regional leader, clinic expansion and investments in advanced diagnostics and therapeutics are necessary. As a Center of Excellence, young patients will receive all care in one place, close to home, and our Oncology/Hematology specialists will build the foundation for a stem cell/bone marrow transplant program. Dell Children’s and Dell Medical School have jointly recruited a distinguished Section Chief of Oncology/Hematology for this Center.

Special thanks to Jack Ingram for voicing this video.

Fetal Care: Maternal Fetal Medicine

Currently, after a mother gives birth to a high-risk baby who needs immediate surgical intervention, the newborn is transported to Dell Children’s, while the mom recovers in an adult facility. Family members are forced to travel back and forth between Dell Children’s and the adult hospital. And this is the best case scenario. When high-risk babies leave Austin for care elsewhere, this situation becomes even more difficult. Dell Children’s has proudly recruited birth defects expert, Dr. Kenneth Moise Jr., to lead the new Fetal Care Center.

To ensure mothers and families can stay close to their new baby and that babies have the very best chance to thrive, Dell Children’s is establishing an advanced Maternal Fetal Medicine program, which will allow healthy expectant mothers carrying high-risk babies to be cared for by comprehensive and interdisciplinary pediatric experts close to home. Our program will become one of only four in Texas to offer advanced fetal surgery and a special delivery unit fully integrated into a pediatric hospital.

Newborn Baby

Our Stories

Meet Daniel

Dell Children’s Heart Patient

Meet Parker

Dell Children’s Neurosciences Patient

Meet Harper

Dell Children’s Cancer Patient

Expertise was far, far away.

Daniel’s Story

From gravely serious to pure joy.

Kaycie’s Story

Dell offered hope beyond hope.

Harper’s Story


Latest News

Dell Children’s North Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Dell Children’s North Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Earlier this month, former and current patients and their families joined donors, members of the Dell Children’s Foundation, members of the Ascension Seton Williamson Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Dell Children’s North Advisory Council to celebrate the first anniversary of Dell Children’s Medical Center North.

Life-Saving Cancer Care HERE

Life-Saving Cancer Care HERE

In 2023, Dell Children’s took a significant leap forward in its goal to provide care to all children, regardless of their diagnosis, through the recruitment of Dr. Amir Mian, Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Dell Children’s.

Dell Children’s expands NICU

Dell Children’s expands NICU

Dell Children’s Medical Center, a beacon of hope for families facing neonatal challenges, recently celebrated the grand opening of its expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Endowed Chair in Pediatric Epilepsy at Dell Children’s

Endowed Chair in Pediatric Epilepsy at Dell Children’s

We are thrilled to share that a philanthropic gift has been made that will elevate care at Dell Children’s for generations to come. The Kozmetsky Family Foundation has established the Kozmetsky Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Epilepsy at Dell Children’s to honor the innovative care and leadership of Dr. Dave Clarke.

Advanced Neurological Care for Newborns, right HERE at Dell Children’s

Advanced Neurological Care for Newborns, right HERE at Dell Children’s

Dell Children’s Neonatology Program, recently ranked by US News and World Report as a top-tier program, is growing both in its physical footprint and programmatic depth as we work to ensure that all patients, regardless of the medical diagnosis, can receive world-class healthcare right here, at home in Central Texas.