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Stephen J. Dolgner, MD

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Washington Fellowship Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2020
University of Washington School of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Cardiology 2018
Duke University Medical Center Residency Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 2013
Duke University Medical Center Internship Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 2010
Duke University School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2009


Dr. Stephen Dolgner completed combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency training at Duke. He then pursued Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowships at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, respectively.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Dolgner enjoys caring for the full spectrum of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease patients. He strongly believes that decisions in this complex patient population are best made using a team approach, including perspectives from patients, their families, and the multidisciplinary clinical team. Given that patients with congenital heart disease need lifelong cardiology care, he works to ensure that the transition from pediatric cardiology to adult congenital heart disease care is as seamless as possible. Specific clinical areas of interest are the use of echocardiography and exercise testing to guide management.

Research Interests:

Dr. Dolgner is interested in short- and long-term outcomes of patients with congenital heart disease with a focus on mechanical support after cardiac surgery and outcomes after heart transplantation.

Board Certifications:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, board eligible 2021
General Pediatrics
Internal Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology

Selected Publications

Nguyen VP, Li S, Dolgner SJ, Steinberg ZL, Buber J. Utility of biomarkers in adult Fontan patients with decompensated heart failure. Cardiol Young 2020 Jul; 30(7):955-961. doi: 10.1017/S1047951120001250. Epub 2020 Jun 2. PMID: 32484127.

Dolgner SJ, Keeshan BC, Burke CR, McMullan DM, Chan T. Outcomes of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Supported with Extracorporeal Life Support after Cardiac Surgery. ASAIO J 2020 Mar 3. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000001141. PMID: 32134793.

Dolgner SJ, Buber Y, Stout KK, Steinberg ZL. What Every Cardiologist Should Know About the 2018 Updated Adult Congenital Cardiology Guidelines. Curr Cardiol Rep 2020 Feb 19; 22(4):24. DOI: 10.1007/s11886-020-1272-z. PMID: 32076876.

Nguyen V, Dolgner SJ, Dardas T, Verrier E, McMullan D, Krieger EV. Improved Outcomes of Heart Transplantation in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Receiving Regionalized Care. J Am Coll Cardiol 2019 Dec 10; 74(23):2908-2918. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2019.09.062. PMID: 31806135.

Dolgner SJ, Krieger EV, Wilkes J, Bratton SL, Thiagarajan RR, Barrett CS, Chan T. Predictors of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support after surgery for adult congenital heart disease in children’s hospitals. Congenital Heart Disease 2019 Jul; 14(4): 559-570. DOI: 10.1111/chd.12758. PMID: 30835967.

Dolgner SJ, Arya B, Kronman MP, Chan T. Effect of Congenital Heart Disease Status on Trends in Pediatric Infective Endocarditis Hospitalizations in the United States between 2000 and 2012. Pediatric Cardiology 2019; 20:319-329. PMID: 30415379.

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