Patrick Joseph Leavey, MD $$ Clinical Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Patrick Leavey

UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health

Appointments: 214-456-2978

Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology
Languages Spoken: English,


Patrick Leavey, M.D., is the associate medical director for clinical affairs for the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the director of the Musculoskeletal Tumors Program at Children’s Health℠. He is also a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Leavey graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1986 and joined the pediatric faculty at UT Southwestern in 1998. During his years of training, Dr. Leavey became a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Diplomate of Child Health from the National University of Ireland. He also received a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the National University of Ireland in 2000.

Dr. Leavey’s experience as a physician has spanned three continents; he has practiced medicine in Ireland, Australia and two states in the U.S. After working all over the world, he believes the collaborative opportunities for physicians are unsurpassed in Dallas, with the most advanced care practices for pediatric cancer happening as a result of UT Southwestern’s collaboration with Children’s Health.

Dr. Leavey specializes in caring for children with sarcoma and bone tumors. His research interests mirror his clinical expertise with work on multiple studies funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, including a statewide sarcoma biology study and the development of computational systems in osteosarcoma. Dr. Leavey is also the chair of the international AEWS1031 study for newly diagnosed patients with non-metastatic Ewing sarcoma at the Children’s Oncology Group.

Dr. Leavey has been listed among the best pediatric specialists in Dallas for many years. He is the vice president of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the secretary-treasurer of the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties.

As a father of four children, Dr. Leavey spent most of his free time with his children when they were younger. Heading into empty-nesting, Dr. Leavey now enjoys exercise, going for walks and reading when he isn’t working to save children’s lives. 

Education and Training

Education and Training

Medical School

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons-Ireland (1986)


Beaumont Hospital (1987), General Surgery


Children's Hospital of Denver (1998), Pediatrics
St. Vincents Hospital - Dublin Ireland (1989), Internal Medicine


University of Colorado School of Medicine - Denver (1996), Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Research Interests

  • Study of children with primary cancers of bone (protocol development in patients with osteogenic sarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma)
  • Identification of depression and anxiety in children with cancer
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Education

Selected Publications

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • American Association of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Society for Pediatric Research (2006)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Children’s Oncology Group
  • Connective Tissue Oncology Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Award - 2008-2009 UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Faculty Teaching Award (2009)
  • Medical Achievement Award - Little Mo Award awarded by Wipe out Kids Cancer (2008)
  • Member, Society for Pediatric Research - Elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (2006)
  • Achievement Award - ’Gift of Giving Back Award’ first such award given by the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer (2005)
  • 2002, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015 D Magazine - Voted to be included as one of Dallas ’Best Pediatricians’ by physicians, nurses and other medical professionals (2002)