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UTSW and Children’s Health Name First Executive for Joint Pediatric Enterprise

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Dai H. Chung, who joined UTSW faculty in 2018, will be the collaboration's chief medical officer.
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Chung (Courtesy: Children's Health)
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Dr. Dai H. Chung (Courtesy: Children’s Health)

Dr. Dai H. Chung will chief medical officer of the joint pediatric enterprise between Children’s Health and UT Southwestern, the first leadership position named to the collaboration.

“Dr. Chung is one of the country’s most highly acclaimed pediatric surgeons, an accomplished clinical investigator and an incredible educator. He is also a renowned clinician with deep experience in pediatric surgical oncology, neonatal surgery, ECMO and burns,” said Pete Perialas, president, Children’s Health Care Network and chief strategy officer, Children’s Health; board co-chair for the joint pediatric enterprise via release.

Chung, who joined UTSW faculty in 2018, will be responsible for physicians alignment and engagement, clinical operations, and partnerships amongst the pediatric populations in the region. He is also a professor of surgery, chief of the division of pediatric surgery, and executive vice chair in UT Southwestern’s department of surgery, as well as surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president of surgical services at Children’s Health.

“Dr. Chung’s new, expanded role as chief medical officer is a vital part of our efforts to set in place an optimal medical leadership structure for the joint pediatric enterprise,” said Dr. John Warner, executive vice president for health system affairs, UT Southwestern and board co-chair for the joint pediatric enterprise via release. “We’re confident that both his extensive leadership and clinical experience will continue to enhance our shared commitment to deliver the highest quality pediatric care to families and children across North Texas.”

Chung has had numerous leadership positions in the medical field, including president of the Society of University Surgeons and its Foundation, director of the American Board of Surgery and chair of the Continuous Certification Examination Committee. He is also on the editorial board of several publications, including JAMA Surgery, Children, and Cancer Research Frontiers. 

“Since joining the team with Children’s Health and UT Southwestern, I have been privileged to practice with some of the world’s best medical professionals in delivering on our mission to make life better for children,” said Dr. Chung via release. “As the chief medical officer for our joint pediatric enterprise, I look forward to working more closely with teams across our collective organizations as we continue to deliver high-quality care for children in North Texas.”

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