Steven Craig Copenhaver, MD $$

Pediatric Pulmonologist

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Service Chief at Children's Health

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Steven Copenhaver, M.D., is a pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Health℠ and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. He specializes in treating children with chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic ventilation.  

He earned his medical degree at Texas A&M University College of Medicine (1989). Dr. Copenhaver completed his residency training in pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center (1990) and his fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology at the National Jewish Center and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1996). 

Dr. Copenhaver is part of the Children’s Health Claude Prestidge Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Chronic Pulmonary and Ventilator Program. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Society. Dr. Copenhaver is also a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He has been nominated as a "Mom-Approved" doctor by Dallas Child Magazine and recognized as a Top Pediatric Specialist by D Magazine.

Dr. Copenhaver and his wife reside in the Dallas - Plano area. They love spending time with each other and their family: three sons, six daughters, eight grandchildren and their dogs. Dr. Copenhaver is also a collector of rare coins and an avid antiquarian. He also enjoys reading history books and classic novels.

Education and Training

Medical School
Texas A&M University College of Medicine (1989)
Duke University School of Medicine (1990), Pediatrics
Duke University School of Medicine (1992), Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine - Denver (1996), Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Pulmonology
  • Research Interests

    • Pulmonary Complications of Prematurity
    • Acute and Chronic Upper Airway Constriction
    • Acute Pneumonia
    • Complicated Pneumonia with Pleural Effusion
    • Apnea of Prematurity and Infancy
    • Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency
    • Chronic Lung Disease
    • Congenital Lung Anomalies
    • Evaluation of Recurrent infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia
    • Neuromuscular weakness, muscular dystrophy
  • Publications

    • Cystic Fibrosis: a case of "faded genes". Browne BA, Brunner LJ, Weir MR, Copenhaver, SC Journal of Clinical Problem Based Learning May 2000
    • Beclomethasone diproprionate reduced airway inflammation without adrenal suppression in young children with cystic fibrosis: a pilot study. Wojtczak HA, Kerby GS, Wagener JS, Copenhaver SC, Gotlin RW, Riches DW, Accurso FJ Pediatric pulmonology 2001 Oct 32 4 293-302
  • Professional Activities

    • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
    • American Specialty Board in Pediatric Pulmonology
    • American Thoracic Society
    • Dallas County Medical Society
    • Texas Medical Society
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Doctor (2022)
    • Texas Super Doctors, Texas Monthly (2015, 2018)
    • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas 2015-2018, D Magazine (2010-2013)
    • Children’s Medical Center Outstanding Community Practitioner (2005)

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