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Robert D. Schlechter, MD, FACS

Dr. Schlechter and his wife have lived in Austin since 1984. They have two grown children and one grandson. He is Surgeon-in-Chief at Dell Children's Medical Center. His hobbies include biking, reading and photography.

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  • Pediatric Surgery

Hospital Affiliation

  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Seton Northwest Hospital
  • Seton Southwest Hospital
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Provides Care Through

  • Austin Pediatric Surgery

My Passion for Healthcare

I have always enjoyed working with children and decided as a medical student that I wanted to be a surgeon. Pediatric Surgery was a fairly new specialty, and I was inspired by my mentor during my General Surgery residency to pursue a career in children's surgery.

Services I Provide

  1. Inguinal and Umbilical Hernia Repair
  2. Prenatal Counseling for Surgery
  3. Masses of the Head and Neck
  4. Undescended Testicle
  5. Second Opinions

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL

  • Internship

    Tulane University Health Science Center - IM Dept, New Orleans, LA

  • Residency

    PRO-MONTREAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, Montreal, Canana – General Surgery

    Tulane University Health Science Center - IM Dept, New Orleans, LA – General Surgery

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Surgery – General Surgery

    American Board of Surgery – Pediatric Surgery

My Clinical Focus

"General" pediatric surgery includes surgery of infants, children and adolescents. The surgery includes neonatal surgery, neck surgery, thoracic surgery (lungs, esophagus and mediastinum, and chest wall deformities,) abdominal surgery, cancer surgery and trauma surgery. I am particularly interested in hernia surgery.


  1. American Academy of Pediatrics
  2. American College of Surgeons
  3. American Pediatric Surgery Association

Why Choose Dell Children's

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