David Robert Weakley Jr., MD $$

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Division Director at Children's Health

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David Weakley, M.D. is the director of pediatric ophthalmology at Children's Health℠ and a professor at UT Southwesten Medical Center.

Dr. David Weakley earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas where he was an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate. After medical school, Dr. Weakley completed an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Weakley completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed his Pediatric Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Weakley returned to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and he is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Clinical Service of Ophthalmology at Children’s Health Medical Center Dallas.

He has numerous scientific articles and book chapters in the field of Pediatric Ophthalmology. Dr. Weakley is currently a member of the AAO, AAPOS, and AOS. He has been an associate examiner for the ABO since 1995. He is a member of the American Orthoptic Council and on the board of editors of the Journal of AAPOS.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1984)
University of TX Med Brnch Gal (1985), Internal Medicine
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1988), Ophthalmology
Childrens National Med Ctr (1989), Pediatric Ophthalmology
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Departments and Programs

  • Research Interests

    • Strabismus
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Publications

    • Weakley DR, Parks MM. "Results from 7mm Bilateral Recessions of the Medial Rectus Muscle for Congenital Esotropia." Ophthalmic Surg 1990; 21:12, 827-830.
    • Weakley DR, Stager DR, Everett M. “Bilateral Seven Millimeter Medial Rectus Recession in Infantile Esotropia.” J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 28:2, 113-115.
    • Weakley DR, “Orbital Cellulitis Complicating Strabismus Surgery." Annals of Ophthalmol 1991; 23:12, 454-457.
    • Stager DR, Weakley DR, Stager DR. “Anterior Transposition of the Inferior Oblique – Anatomic Assessment of the Neurovascular Bundle.” Arch of Ophthalmol. 1992; 110:3, 360-362.
    • Wheeler D, Stager DR, Weakley DR, “Endophthalmitis Following Intraocular Surgery for Pediatric Cataracts and Congenital Glaucoma” J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 1992; 29:3, 139-141.
    • Weakley DR, Urso RD, Luna CD. “Asymmetric Inferior Oblique Overaction and Its Association with Amblyopia in Esotropia” Ophthalmol. 1992; 99:4, 590-594,.
  • Professional Activities

    • American Ophthalmologic Society
    • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
    • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
    • Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
    • Texas Medical Association
    • Texas Ophthalmologic Association
    • Texas Society of Pediatric Ophthalmologists
    • Dallas County Medical Society
    • Costenbader Society
  • Awards and Honors

    • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist (2010, 2012-2013, 2015-2021) 
    • D Magazine, Best Doctors (1992, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012-2018)
    • Distinguished Alumni & Visiting Professor, Children’s National Health System 2018, The George Washington University
    • Texas Monthly Magazine, Super Docs (2007-2014)
    • Distinguished Alumni, Department of Ophthalmology 2012, UT Southwestern Medical School
    • Pediatric Cataract Award 2002, Pediatric Cataract and Glaucoma Family Association Research Award
    • Edward Randall Medal 1984, Edward Randall Medal for Academic Excellence
    • Alpha Omega Alpha 1983, The Univeristy of Texas Medical Brand

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