Texas Children's Hospital announces new chief of the division of pediatric urology


HOUSTON - (March 14, 2013) - Renowned pediatric urology surgeon Dr. David Roth has been named the chief of urology at Texas Children's Hospital. Roth, whose appointment was effective December 2012, was also recently appointed as chief of pediatric urology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where he will continue his role as professor of urology and pediatrics and serve as The Edmond T. Gonzales Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Urology. For more information about pediatric urology visit texaschildrens.org.

As a prominent leader in the field of pediatric urology for nearly 30 years, Roth has distinguished himself in a variety of research, clinical and academic roles. His clinical interests include urinary tract infection and reflux, congenital abnormalities of the genitalia, and urinary tract obstruction of the newborn. His primary research is directed toward improving surgical outcomes in children with urologic disease. He has authored more than 75 book chapters and publications in various academic and medical journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including his recognition and inclusion on the list of Best Doctors in America each year since 1996.

Roth is preceded in this position by Dr. Edmond Gonzales, who serves as the surgical director of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. Gonzales, who was previously appointed as the first surgeon-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital in 2008, has played a crucial role in developing the department of Urology at Texas Children's and BCM in his nearly 40 years involved with the institutions. Gonzales' pioneering work in the field of pediatric urology and pediatric urology education was recognized in 2012 by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Urology medal.

"Dr. Roth is dedicated to building on the enormous legacy established by Dr. Edmond Gonzales to develop the preeminent academic pediatric urology program in the United States and worldwide," said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital. "He will be an exceptional leader and educator to our division of pediatric urology."

Board-certified by the American Board of Urology, Roth received his undergraduate degree from Claremont Men's College in Claremont, CA and earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After completing his surgical residency program at BCM in Houston, he went on to pursue specialized training in urology. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric urology surgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

"Texas Children's Hospital is uniquely positioned to provide the best urologic care for the youth of Texas in a compassionate and cost effective manner while striving to expand the frontiers of knowledge in this field," Roth said. "Providing the best care for the children of Houston and Texas is the most important part of my job and I look forward to continuing that legacy that has been the hallmark of Texas Children's Hospital's history."

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.