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

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HOUSTON - (Sept. 20, 2010) - Daniel J. Penny, M.D., Ph.D, an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cardiology from The RoyalChildren's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has been named chief of Cardiology at 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 pediatric cardiology subspecialties at Texas Children's Heart Center, which is ranked #3in the nation by U.S.News World Report. At BCM, he will serve as professor of pediatrics and head of the Pediatric Cardiology Section.

A native of Ireland, Dr. Penny trained and practiced at top pediatric institutions, such as The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and The RoyalChildren's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he served as chief of Cardiology prior to accepting the chief's role at Texas Children's. Dr. Penny was a founding director of the Australia and New Zealand Children's HeartResearch Centre, a collaborative network for multi center research across Australia and New Zealand. His research bridges cardiac physiology and clinical studies of congenital heart disease.

"Dr. Penny is one the great pediatric cardiologists in the world today," said Mark W. Kline, M.D, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital and professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at BCM. "In addition to his leadership in Melbourne, he spearheaded a drive to build a new cardiovascular center in Hue, Vietnam, helping to secure funds, design the facility and train its staff. Today, hundreds of patients, who otherwise would have fallen victim to heart disease or congenital heart defect, are alive thanks 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.