Heather Crouse, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center


Emergency Medicine

Phone: 832-824-5497
Fax: 832-825-5426

Contact Information

6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) – Global Health (GH) Program

Texas Children's Hospital

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending, Texas Children’s Hospital

Faculty Lead, Foundations in Global Health Lecture Series, Baylor College of Medicine

Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Tenured, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Children's Hospital Boston residency 2005
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical school Doctor of Medicine 2002
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Emergency Medicine


I attended the UNC School of Medicine and then completed my residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. I came to Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital (BCM/TCH) in 2005 to complete a combined fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) and Global Health (GH), and joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 2009. Currently I am director of the PEM – Global Health program at BCM/TCH. I have experience as a clinical researcher in global health program development and am an educator, both domestically and globally. I have breadth of experience and training in both pediatric emergency medicine and global health, including formal education in both tropical medicine and international disaster medicine. Past projects abroad have included direct patient care but have primarily focused on site development, including performance of site assessments and development of local partners, and subsequent capacity building of the sites through development of curricula, training programs, quality improvement projects and establishment of monitoring and evaluation systems. I focused the first 7 years of my faculty career collaboratively developing an Emergency Triage Assessment and Training (ETAT) training program in Spanish with the Pan American Health Organization aimed at building the capacity of hospitals in Latin America through implementation of high-quality, locally-relevant, sustainable training programs and triage processes for pediatric healthcare workers in-country. Most recently I spearheaded development of the Pediatric Alliance for Child Health Improvement in Malawi at Kamuzu Central Hospital and Environs (PACHIMAKE). This consortium brings together US-based institutions (Baylor

College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill / Project Malawi and the University of Utah / Primary Children’s Hospital) and local institutions (Kamuzu Central Hospital [KCH] Department of Pediatrics and the Malawi College of Medicine) to build pediatric emergency capacity and improve the care of acutely ill children at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) through the implementation of effective, coordinated, high-quality clinical, educational, quality improvement and research initiatives. Though early in its development, we anticipate this consortium may serve as a model of collaboration for institutions striving to improve pediatric healthcare systems in other Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). In my current role as Director of the PEM-GH program at BCM/TCH I aim to develop initiatives that promote collaboration and foster partnerships between existing BCM/TCH Global Health programs, as well as domestic and global partners in global health education, health systems strengthening, care and treatment, advocacy, and research to improve emergency care of children worldwide. As a result of my previous global and educational experiences, I am acutely aware of the importance of collaboration and partner development at every level.

Clinical Interests:

Global health, medical education, quality improvement, health services strengthening

Research Interests:

Global health, educational research (both domestic and global), program evaluation

Utilizing a core set of strategies, the Emergency Services department is committed to our vision of improving the health outcomes of all children in emergent and urgent care settings. Additionally, we endeavor to fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality care, experience, education, research, advocacy and value.

Please note that Dr. Crouse only sees patients in the Emergency Center and does not accept appointments.

Selected Publications

Genisca A, Mackey J, Kosoko A, Habet M, Johnson L, Eck C, Sampayo E, Crouse HL. Healthcare provider attitudes towards the emergency triage system in Belize. Glob Pediatr Health 2020 Apr 10; DOI: 10.1177/2333794X20911581. PMID 32313821.

Crouse HL, Watts J, St. Clair N, Batra M, McGuinness G, Keating E, Russ C, Farr K, Steenhoff A, Schubert C, Leslie L, Woods S, Wilson K, Camp E, Butteris S. Global Health opportunities in pediatric fellowships. Pediatrics 2020 Feb;145(2):e20192138. PMID: 32001489.

Steenhoff AP, Crouse HL, Lukoloyo H, Larson CP, Howard C, Mazhani L, Pak-Gorstein S, Niescierenko ML, Musoke P, Marshall R, Soto MA, Butteris SM, Batra M for the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force. State of the Art review Article: Partnerships for Global Child Health – Stronger Together. Pediatrics 2017 Oct; 140 (4). PMID 28931576.

Eckerle M, Crouse HL, Chiume M, Phiri A, Kazembe PN, Friesen H, Mvalo T, Rus MC, Fitzgerald EF, Hoffman IF, McKenney A, Coe M, Mkandawire B, Schubert C. Building sustainable partnerships to strengthen pediatric capacity at a government hospital in Malawi. Front Pub Health 2017 July; 5:183. PMID 28798907.

Kapoor R, Avendaño L, Sandoval MA, Cruz AT, Soto MA, Crouse HL. Initiating a standardized regional referral and counter-referral system in Guatemala: A mixed-methods study. Glob Pediatr Health 2017 Jul; 4:1-14. PMID 28812056.

Crouse HL, Mullan PC, Macias CG, Hsu DC, Shook JE, Sirbaugh PE, Schutze GE, Jones WJ, Torrey SB. A novel approach to combining Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowships. Pediatr Emerg Care 2016 Mar; 32(3):157-162. PMID: 25285392.

Crouse HL, Torres F, Vaides H, Walsh MT, Ishigami EM, Cruz AT, Torrey SB, Soto MA. Impact of an Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) – based triage process in the paediatric emergency department of a Guatemalan public hospital. Paediatr Int Child Health 2016 Aug; 36(3):219-224. PMID: 25940386.