David Kevin Coats, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center
  • The Woodlands



Phone: 832-822-3230 (Main) | 936-321-0808 (The Woodlands) | 281-469-4688 (CyFair)
Fax: 832-825-4776

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street, 5th Floor - Suite 510
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Medical Arts Center I
17198 St. Luke’s Way, Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77384
United States

Texas Children's Specialty Care Cy-Fair
11777 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77065
United States

Chief of Service/Section Chief – Ophthalmology

Texas Children's Hospital

Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics– Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Indiana University School of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Ophthalmology 1994
Medical University of South Carolina residency Ophthalmology 1991
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center internship Transitional 1988
Texas Tech University medical school Doctor of Medicine 1987


Dr. Coats is Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at the Cullen Eye Institute and Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Ophthalmology at Texas Children’s Hospital.  His medical degree was received from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1987, followed by internship in South Carolina, and residency at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Dr. Coats has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in various medical journals, has written numerous book chapters, and lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology. He is co-author of the textbook Strabismus Surgery and its Complications. His principle research is in the areas of retinopathy of prematurity and strabismus.

Clinical and Research Interests:

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Adult Strabismus Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Adult Strabismus


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Ophthalmology Specialty Fellow (FAAO)
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Member
American Association of Pediatrics Specialty Fellow (FAAP)
American Ophthalmology Society (AOS) Member
Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA) Member


Complications of Strabismus Surgery.

Olitsky SE, Coats DK.

Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jul-Sep;22(3):271-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.159692. Review.

PMID: 26180463

Management of a case of recognized perforation of the globe during strabismus surgery.

Coats DK, Madigan WP, Weiss AH.

J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2015 Mar-Apr;52(2):70-2. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20150216-03. No abstract available.

PMID: 25798703

Pharmacokinetics of bevacizumab and its effects on serum VEGF and IGF-1 in infants with retinopathy of prematurity.

Kong L, Bhatt AR, Demny AB, Coats DK, Li A, Rahman EZ, Smith OE, Steinkuller PG.

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Jan 22;56(2):956-61. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-15842.

PMID: 25613938

Evaluating the association of autonomic drug use to the development and severity of retinopathy of prematurity.

Hussein MA, Coats DK, Khan H, Paysse EA, Steinkuller PG, Kong L, O'Brian SE.

J AAPOS. 2014 Aug;18(4):332-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2014.02.012.

PMID: 25173894

Medically Historical Obituary. David H. Hubel. Nobel Prize winner in Medicine 1981.

Coats DK, Romano PE.

Binocul Vis Strabolog Q Simms Romano. 2013;28(4):198-202. No abstract available.

PMID: 24372412

Time course and predictors of amblyopia improvement with 2 hours of daily patching.

Wallace DK, Lazar EL, Crouch ER 3rd, Hoover DL, Kraker RT, Tamkins SM; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 May;133(5):606-9. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.6. No abstract available.

PMID: 25695355

Evaluation of the Intermittent Exotropia Questionnaire using Rasch analysis.

Leske DA, Holmes JM, Melia BM; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Apr;133(4):461-5. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5622.

PMID: 25634146

Atropine vs patching for treatment of moderate amblyopia: follow-up at 15 years of age of a randomized clinical trial.

Repka MX, Kraker RT, Holmes JM, Summers AI, Glaser SR, Barnhardt CN, Tien DR; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul;132(7):799-805. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.392.

PMID: 24789375

Office probing for treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction in infants.

Miller AM, Chandler DL, Repka MX, Hoover DL, Lee KA, Melia M, Rychwalski PJ, Silbert DI; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, Beck RW, Crouch ER 3rd, Donahue S, Holmes JM, Quinn GE, Sala NA, Schloff S, Wallace DK, Foster NC, Frick KD, Golden RP, Lambert SR, Tien DR, Weakley DR Jr.

J AAPOS. 2014 Feb;18(1):26-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2013.10.016.

PMID: 24568978