Dr. Daniel J. Penny, Renowned Pediatric Cardiologist, Named Chief of Cardiology at Texas Children's Hospital, Leader of Pediatric Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine

HOUSTON - (Sept. 20, 2010) - Daniel J. Penny, M.D., Ph.D, aninternationally recognized leader in pediatric cardiology from The RoyalChildren's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has been named chief of Cardiologyat Texas Children's Hospital and the leader of pediatric cardiology at BaylorCollege of Medicine.

Dr. Penny will lead a team of 33 physicians representing multiple pediatriccardiology subspecialties at Texas Children's Heart Center, which is ranked #3in the nation by U.S.News World Report. At BCM, he will serve asprofessor of pediatrics and head of the Pediatric Cardiology Section.

A native of Ireland, Dr. Penny trained and practiced at top pediatricinstitutions, such as The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and The RoyalChildren's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as chief ofCardiology prior to accepting the chief's role at Texas Children's. Dr. Pennywas a founding director of the Australia and New Zealand Children's HeartResearch Centre, a collaborative network for multicenter research acrossAustralia and New Zealand. His research bridges cardiac physiology and clinicalstudies of congenital heart disease.

"Dr. Penny is one the great pediatric cardiologists in the world today," saidMark W. Kline, M.D, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital andprofessor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at BCM. "In addition tohis leadership in Melbourne, he spearheaded a drive to build a newcardiovascular center in Hue, Vietnam, helping to secure funds, design thefacility and train its staff. Today, hundreds of patients, who otherwise wouldhave fallen victim to heart disease or congenital heart defect, are alivethanks to Dr. Penny's efforts."

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.