Dr. Darrell Cass has moved to the Cleveland Clinic where he serves as Director of Fetal Surgery (2017-2018). He was former faculty in the Departments of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he practiced for 18 years. In Houston he was Co-Founder of the Texas Children's Fetal Center when it was only 1 of 3 centers in the world to perform successful open fetal surgery for life-threatening fetal malformations (CCAM and sacrococcygeal teratoma). Dr. Cass is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon with particular expertise in the surgical care and management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), lung malformations (CCAM, sequestration), ECMO, esophageal atresia, chest wall deformities (i.e. pectus excavatum), minimally invasive surgery, newborn surgical conditions, and ovarian disorders. Dr. Cass has written many chapters for major textbooks on topics such as lung malformations (CCAM), fetal surgery and fetal treatments, and has published over 125 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Cass is former NIH-funded research investigator for study of scarless fetal tissue repair and fetal vascular wall healing.
Education and Training
UCLA School of Medicine MD 1991
Univ of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch of Med, Los Angeles Ca 1991
American Board of Surgery
Pediatric Surgery (Surgery)
SurgeryAmerican Board of SurgeryABS
- Renal tumors in infants less than 6 months of age.
- Ovarian torsion.
- Surgery for peptic ulcer disease in children in the post-histamine2-blocker era.
- Fetal surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia: the North American experience.
- Neutrophil recruitment by fetal porcine endothelial cells: implications in scarless fetal wound healing.
- Prenatal presentation and outcome of children with pleuropulmonary blastoma.
- Upper gastrointestinal malformations in Coffin-Siris syndrome.
- Recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pheochromocytoma in children.
- Patent ductus arteriosus ligation in neonates: preoperative predictors of poor postoperative outcomes.
- Impact of prenatal diagnosis and therapy on neonatal surgery.
- Ex-utero intrapartum treatment procedure for giant neck masses--fetal and maternal outcomes.
- Abdominal cocoon: a unique presentation in an immunodeficient infant.
- Jugular vein hypoplasia can preclude extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation in the neonate with congenital diaphragmatic hernia: potential identification of the neonate at risk by fetal magnetic resonance imaging.
- Tracheoesophageal displacement index and predictors of airway obstruction for fetuses with neck masses.
- Maternal morbidity and reproductive outcomes related to fetal surgery.
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Co-Founder Texas Children's Fetal Center 2001 - 2017
- Director of Fetal Surgery Cleveland Clinic 2017 - 2018
- Associate Professor Baylor College of Medicine 2001 - 2017
- Co-Director Texas Children's Fetal Center Texas Children's Hospital 2001 - 2017
- Alpha Omega Alpha 1991 UCLA School of Medicine
- American College of Surgeons
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Pediatric Surgical Association
- International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society
- Society of University Surgeons
- The Association for Academic Surgery
- Baylor Coll Of Med, Pediatric Surgery-Surgery; Univ Ca Sf Sch Of Med, General Surgery
- General Surgery, University of California San Francisco Medical Center
- General Surgery, University of California at San Francisco
- Pediatric Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
Professional Society Memberships
- American Pediatric Surgery Association, International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, Society of University Surgeons
What do you attribute your success to?
- Great role models and mentors, hard work, skill tarring and luck.
Hobbies / Sports
- Snow Skiing, Going to the gym, Running, The Ballet
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