David Sutcliffe, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in caring for children with heart failure or who have undergone heart transplantation. He serves as Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program at the Heart Center and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Sutcliffe earned his medical degree and completed pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He completed an additional fellowship in pediatric transplant medicine at Harvard University – Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was awarded the Kane-Owens Award for Compassionate Care.
Dr. Sutcliffe provides comprehensive treatment for children with heart failure, including medical management, VAD support and heart transplant care. Through these advanced cardiac therapies, he helps children manage their heart failure and improve their health and wellbeing.
“Taking care of patients and families, beyond just lab findings and medication changes, is very important to my practice of medicine,” says Dr. Sutcliffe. “Helping them walk through the process of recovery, and maintaining those long relationships, is the most fulfilling part of my job.”
Dr. Sutcliffe publishes research to help improve the care of children who need VAD support or heart transplantation. In addition to quality assurance and improvement research, he has recently published research on the outcomes of patients who received VAD support prior to transplant. He is currently conducting research to explore the genetic and molecular underpinnings of heart failure with the goal of being able to predict the ideal therapy to manage each child’s unique heart disease.
In his free time, Dr. Sutcliffe enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing and watching sports, and participating in activities at his church.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2008)
- UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011), Pediatrics
- Harvard Medical School - Childrens Hospital (2016), Pediatrics Transplant Medicine
UT Southwestern - Children's Medical Center (2015), Pediatric Cardiology
- Board Certification
- American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology