Lesley French Childs, MD Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
7th Floor, Suite 106
Dallas, Texas 75390
Lesley French Childs, M.D., is an otolaryngologist at Children’s Health℠.
Dr. Childs attended Yale University and then Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where her classmates voted her the person they would most want as their own physician. During her residency in head and neck surgery at Vanderbilt, she won more awards for excellence. Dr. Childs then completed a specialty fellowship at the New York Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, where she often took call for the opera.
Dr. Childs is in a unique position to treat children with vocal cord concerns, because she has sung all her life. In fact, she has recorded songs for Walt Disney Records, playing characters such as Mulan and Sleeping Beauty. She sings with the professional choir Vox Humana and the University Park United Methodist Church Choir in Dallas.
Thanks to technological advances, Dr. Childs can now show her patients video of their own vocal folds. “It’s pretty spectacular to see their expression. ‘Wow, so that’s my instrument!’
“That’s one of the most rewarding things: to educate singers about their instrument and about caring for it and protecting it.”
In addition to patient care, Dr. Childs contributes to her field, having written numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on laryngology, and she has spoken at meetings of laryngologists and musicians alike.