Sarah Deitrick Blumenschein, MD Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Sarah Blumenschein, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in caring for children with familial lipid disorders that cause hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol). She is also the head of the Preventive Cardiology Clinic and a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
After receiving her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Blumenschein completed an internship in pediatrics with New York City Health & Hospitals and a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. She also underwent cardiology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Hospital.
Dr. Blumenschein specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with familial lipid disorders. She has more than 30 years of experience providing personalized treatment plans that improve cholesterol and lower the risks for serious medical conditions. She sees almost 1000 patients with familial lipid disorders, more than any other practice in the nation.
“My mission in caring for children with high cholesterol is to change the trajectory of coronary artery disease for them so they don’t face the grim possibility of having a heart attack in their 30s or 40s,” says Dr. Blumenschein. “Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. High cholesterol can be reliably detected in childhood and is easily treated..”
Dr. Blumenschein also conducts research into inherited high cholesterol, looking at how the condition changes patients’ heart tissue. She also looks at how genetics correlates with the effectiveness of medications and other treatments.
Dr. Blumenschein sees all new patients within two weeks to help ease fears and help children get the care they need.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolWeill Cornell Medical College (1964)
InternshipNew York Cy Hlth Hspitals Corp (1965), Pediatrics
ResidencyJohns Hopkins Health Plan (1966), Pediatrics
FellowshipDuke University School of Medicine (1969), Pediatric Cardiology
Research & Publications
- Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease and Neonatal Polycythemia., Blumenschein, S.D. In: Essential of Pediatric Intensive Care 2nd Ed. edited by Levin & Morriss 1997 211-219
- Nutrition in cardiac disease., Blumenschein, S.D. In: Lorenzen EJ (ed) Dietary Guidelines, Texas Children's Hospital 1985
- Medical management of infants with atrial septal defect- ventricular septal defect., Idriss, F.S., Paul, MlH. and Blumenschein, S.D. 1972
- Quantitative Frank vectorcardiograms of normal children and a comparison to those of patients with atrial defects., Blumenschein, S.D., Barr, R.C., Spach, M.S. and Gentzler, R.C. Am Heart J 1972 83(3) 382-399
- Early repair of ventricular septal defect in infants and young children., Idriss, F.S., Nikaidoh, H., Paul, M.H., Blumenschein, S.D. and Riker, W.L. Arch Surg 1971 103 265
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- Arlington Pediatric Society
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Sigma XI Science Honor Society
- Tarrant County Medical Society
- Texas Pediatric Society