• Hugh D. Allen, MD

    Allen Hugh

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Cardiology



    Primary Location

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Also sees patients at

    Hope Clinic; Texas Children's Hospital West Campus

    Contact Information

    6621 Fannin St.
    Suite W19345C
    Houston, TX 77030
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    Phone: 832-82-HEART (43278)
    Fax:  832-825-0165

    Pediatric Cardiologist - Texas Children's Hospital
    Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) Baylor College of Medicine

    Medical School

    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1966


    Hennepin County Medical Center, , 1967


    University of Minnesota Hospitals, Pediatrics, 1969


    University of Minnesota Hospitals, Pediatric Cardiology, 1970

    From Dr. Allen

    I am a general pediatric cardiologist. I was one of the pioneers in the development of the field of pediatric echocardiography and recently received the Founder's award from the American Society of Echocardiography.  I was also quite involved in the early days of interventional catheterization. My present emphasis is on the effects of neuromuscular disease on the heart. This is the main area of my present clinical care, publications, and research direction. I am quite interested in teaching the next generation to develop critical thinking and careful attention to understanding the pathophysiology of heart disease with particular emphasis on seeing to the needs of each individual patient. As part of that teaching emphasis I have been the lead editor of the main textbook in pediatric cardiology for its last 3 editions.

    Professional Organizations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Pediatrics in Review Editorial Board, Associate Editor
    • American Journal of Cardiology
      Editorial Board
    • Muscular Dystrophy Association
      Chair, Cardiomopathy Study Group
    • American Heart Association
      Fellow; Gold Heart Award Recipient
    • American College of Cardiology

    Selected Publications

    Thrush  PT*, Allen HD, Viollet L, Mendell JR: Re-examination of the Electrocardiogram in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Correlation with its Dilated Cardiomyopathy. American Journal of Cardiology 2009;103:262-265.Epub 2008 Oct 30.

    Kaspar RW*, Allen, HD, Montanaro, F: Current Understanding and management for dilated cardiomyopathy in Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2009, 21:5, 241-249.

    Kaspar RW*,  Allen HD, Ray WC, Alvarez CE, Kissel JT, Pestronk A, Weiss RB, Flanigan K, Mendell JR, Montanaro F:  Analysis of dystrophin deletion mutations predicts age of cardiomyopathy onset in Becker Muscular Dystrophy.   Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 2009, 2, 544-551.

    Viollet, Laurence PhD*, Thrush, Phillip T. MD*, Flanigan ,Kevin M. MD, Mendell, Jerry R. MD, Allen, Hugh D MD.  “Effects of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and/or Beta Blockers on the Cardiomyopathy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”.  American Journal of Cardiology 2012, 110(1):98-102. Epub ahead of print, 3/29/12.

    Allen HD, Thrush PT*, Hoffman TM, Flanigan KM, Mendell JT: Cardiac Management in Neuromuscular Disease. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 23:855-68. 2012.

    * Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.

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