Sara Fallon, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center


Pediatric Surgery

Phone: 832-822-3135


School Education Degree Year
University of North Carolina bachelors Bachelor of Arts, History (with Honors); Bachelor of Science, Biology 2005
Baylor College of Medicine medical school Doctor of Medicine 2009
Baylor College of Medicine research fellow Pediatric Surgery 2013
Baylor College of Medicine residency General Surgery 2016
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Surgery 2018


Dr. Fallon was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She developed an early interest in pediatric surgery through an internship at Texas Children’s Hospital during her freshman year of high school, graduating from St. John’s School in 2001. She then attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill under the Morehead-Cain Foundation Scholarship, but quickly returned to Houston for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She continued her General Surgery Residency and Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Baylor and Texas Children’s, respectively. During her residency training, she received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Science at the University of Texas—Houston.

Dr. Fallon is certified in General Surgery and is board-eligible for certification in Pediatric Surgery. She is pursuing additional board-eligibility in Surgical Critical Care. She is interested in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric general surgery with specialization in pediatric surgical critical care, pediatric trauma and intestinal failure. She is also a member of the Texas Children’s Trauma Committee. She is passionate about improving the delivery of care and health-related quality of life for both patients and their families.

Dr. Fallon is the Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Through this role, she aims to improve our understanding of long-term surgical outcomes in children, enhance patient care through improved delivery, analyze opportunities for patient and hospital cost savings, and evaluate opportunities for improved care through quality of life research. She is a strong advocate for improving processes in the inpatient and outpatient setting to better serve patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is involved in national multicenter research studies, and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Selected Publications

Fallon, SC, Olutoye, OO.  The surgical principles of conjoined twin separation.  Semin Perinatol 2018 Oct;42(6):386-392. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2018.07.013. Epub 2018 Oct 4.

Boomer LA, Cooper JN, Anandalwar S, Fallon SC, Ostlie D, Leys CM, Rangel S, Mattei P, Sharp SW, St Peter SD, Rodriguez JR, Kenney B, Besner GE, Deans KJ, Minneci PC.  Delaying Appendectomy Does Not Lead to Higher Rates of Surgical Site Infections: A Multi-institutional Analysis of Children With Appendicitis.  Ann Surg 2016 Jul;264(1):164-8. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001396. 

Fallon SC, Delemos D, Akinkuotu A, Christopher D, Naik-Mathuria BJ.  The use of an institutional pediatric abdominal trauma protocol improves resource use.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2016 Jan;80(1):57-63. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000712.

Fallon SC, Orth RC, Guillerman RP, Munden MM, Zhang W, Elder SC, Cruz AT, Brandt ML, Lopez ME, Bisset GS.  Development and validation of an ultrasound scoring system for children with suspected acute appendicitis. 

Fallon SC, Ethun CG, Olutoye OO, Brandt ML, Lee TC, Welty SE, Ruano R, Cass DL.  Comparing characteristics and outcomes in infants with prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of esophageal atresia.  J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):242-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.03.068.

Fallon SC, Kim ME, Fernandes CJ, Vasudevan SA, Nuchtern JG, Kim ES.  Identifying and reducing early complications of surgical central lines in infants and toddlers.  J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):246-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.04.011.

Fallon SC, Cass DL, Olutoye OO, Zamora IJ, Lazar DA, Larimer EL, Welty SE, Moise AA, Demny AB, Lee TC.  Repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernias on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): does early repair improve patient survival?  J Pediatr Surg 2013 Jun;48(6):1172-6.

Fallon SC, Shekerdemian LS, Olutoye OO, Cass DL, Zamora IJ, Nguyen T, Kim ES, Larimer EL, Lee TC.  Initial experience with single-vessel cannulation for venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in pediatric respiratory failure.  Pediatr Crit Care Med 2013 May;14(4):366-73.