Seton Family of Doctors

David "Tug" W. Tuggle, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

Associate Trauma Medical Director, Dell Children's Medical Center

David "Tug" W. Tuggle, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
Now Accepting New Patients
Seton Family of Doctors

David "Tug" W. Tuggle, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

Associate Trauma Medical Director, Dell Children's Medical Center

Dr. Tuggle was Vice Chair of Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the OU Medical Center until 2013. He and his wife moved to Austin to be near their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. His current interests are trauma and acute care surgery in children.

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Pediatric Surgery

Seton Hospital Affiliation

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

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Provides Care Through

Austin Pediatric Surgery

My Passion for Healthcare

I thought I would be a professional musician, but I changed my mind one month before college started. One of the three best decisions I have made. Training as an adult surgeon allowed me to have contact with children, and I fell in love with pediatric surgery (my second really good decision).

Services I Provide

  1. Pediatric Trauma Care
  2. Emergency Surgical Services
  3. Hernia Repair
  4. Neonatal Surgery
  5. Cancer Surgery
  6. Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgery

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Texas Southwestern Med Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX

  • Residency

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

  • Fellowship

    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Surgery/Surgical Critical Care

    American Board of Pediatric Surgery

    American Board of Surgery

My Clinical Focus

I love all aspects of pediatric surgery, but I fell into my clinical focus by accident. When I started pediatric surgery, no one else really was interested in taking care of injured children, so I made it my interest. It gave me a great opportunity to do research and teach young doctors. Five of the 20 pediatric surgeons I trained now are trauma directors at their own hospitals.

Insurances Accepted

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Why Choose Dell Children's

Dell Children's offers a different brand of healthcare. We call it Humancare. We believe in showing everyone dignity and respect while providing the best care possible for the little humans we serve.

We are the premier healthcare provider for children and adolescents in Central Texas. While Dell Children's Medical Center is the cornerstone of our pediatric care, our doctors, nurses and associates work in schools, clinics, programs and practices throughout the community to deliver excellent care and better health for our children.

We provide a range of health services to keep your children healthy. We are advancing healthcare and improving lives with easy clinical visits for everyday illnesses, school district and county health partnerships, in-hospital playtime through our child life program, community outreach events and innovative medical treatments for complex and specialized illnesses.

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