Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeons

Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD is a full-time pediatric cardiac surgeon at Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. This is the only heart care program in Central Texas that offers a full continuum of cardiac diagnostic and treatment services including congenital heart surgery, interventional cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and echocardiography.

One of the world’s leading pediatric heart surgeons, Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, is the chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, part of Ascension.

Fraser, who joined the faculty of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin as professor in the Departments of Surgery and Perioperative Care and Pediatrics, plays a leading role in building the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a focused pediatric and congenital heart program that offers Central Texans care for complex conditions close to home.

Carlos M. Mery, MD is a congenital cardiac surgeon in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease program. The program is a collaboration between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor in Dell Medical School’s Departments of Surgery and Perioperative Care and Pediatrics, the Associate Section Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center, and the Director of Health Transformation and Design in Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Medical School. He specializes in the management of children and adults with congenital heart disease, including simple and complex congenital heart defects. His passion is to help every patient with congenital heart disease have access to high-quality, comprehensive, and personalized care.

Prior to joining UT, Dr. Mery was an associate surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he focused on complex cardiac repairs for neonates and infants with congenital heart disease, as well as patients with coronary artery anomalies. During his time in Houston, the program became the #1 pediatric heart program by US News and World Report. Dr. Mery led the creation of the Texas Children’s Coronary Anomalies Program, which became one of the premier programs of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Mery received his medical degree from Tecnológico De Monterrey, Mexico. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición “Salvador Zubirán” in Mexico, and a research fellowship in thoracic surgery and clinical junior fellowship in cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He then completed his general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, cardiothoracic fellowship at University of Virginia, and congenital heart surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mery holds a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health as well as a fellowship in Surgical Innovation from Stanford University. Dr. Mery is board certified in Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, and Congenital Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Mery brings his passion for improving the care of children with congenital heart disease not only in Texas but also, in Mexico and Latin America. He has developed program collaborations, in Texas and abroad, to bring treatment, care, and research to children and adults who may not have otherwise had access to this specialized heart care.

An active researcher and educator, Dr. Mery’s academic interests include clinical outcomes research and the early development of medical technology. Dr. Mery served as president of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association and is currently a member and active participant of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Mery has written more than 100 journal articles or book chapters and is the editor of a comprehensive review book in cardiothoracic surgery.

Ziv Beckerman, MD is a cardiothoracic heart surgeon who has joined the UT Health Austin’s Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. He completed his Bachelor in Science and Medical Degree at Medical University of Debrecen, Hungary. He completed his internship and cardiothoracic residency at Rambam Health Care Campus, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, Israel where he was also named Chief Resident of the Cardiac Surgery Department, and received several awards for excellence in both teaching and research in the medical field. Dr. Beckerman went on to complete several postgraduate fellowships: 1. Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra International Congenital heart Center, Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, 2. International Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX and 3. an Advanced Aortic Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Beckerman served as a clinical instructor for Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and Assistant professor of the Cardiac Surgery Department at the Rambam Medical Campus, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. He has an extensive background in research, writing, presenting and instructing medical students and residents, and holds a medical patent for Vascular Bypass Measurement, Quality Control for Bypass Grafts. Dr. Beckerman has a robust experience in operating on babies as well as adults with congenital heart disease and genetic syndromes and will see patients and perform surgery at Dell Children’s Medical Center.