Treatment & Services
- Department of Pediatric Surgery
- Evaluation/Treatment of Antenatally Diagnosed Congenital Anomalies
- Evaluation/Treatment of Pulmonary Sequestration / CCAM
- Fetal Surgery
- Fundoplication Procedure for Children
- GERD Surgery
- High Risk Pregnancy Care
- Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
- Mediastinal surgery
- Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
- Nissen Fundoplication
- Nuss Procedure / Minimally Invasive Repair of Pectus Excavatum
- Pediatric General Surgery
- Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abdominal Pain
- Antenatally Diagnosed Anomalies
- Birth Defects
- Chiari Malformation
- Congenital Anomalies
- Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of the Lung (CCAM)
- Duodenal Atresia
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Gastrointestinal Tract
- Germ Cell Tumors
- Hiatal Hernia
- Hirschsprung's Disease
- Mediastinal Tumor
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis
- Ovarian Cysts
- Pectus Carinatum
- Pectus Excavatum
- Pediatric Neonatal Disorders
- Pediatric Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
- Pulmonary Nodules
- Pulmonary Sequestration
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Short Bowel Syndrome in Children
- Testicular Torsion
- Thyroid Nodule
- Tracheoesophageal Fistula
- Undescended Testicles
- Vascular Malformations
- Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
- Wilms' Tumor
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA
Fellowship - Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX USA
Residency - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA USA
Medical Education - David Geffen School of Medicine @ UCLA
Los Angeles, CA USA
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Fetal Surgery and Fetal Wound Healing Research: University of California, San Francisco 1994-1994, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 1995-1997
- Executive Board, North American Fetal Treatment Network
- Surgical Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Texas Children's Hospital
- Chair, Program Committee, International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society
- Surgery - Pediatric Surgery
- Surgery - General Surgery
Fetal Surgery, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, CCAM, Congenital Lung Malformations
Awards & Honors
- Valedictorian, Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, CA, 1982
- Los Angeles County Medical Association Scholarship, Los Angeles, CA, 1982
- Varsity Letterman Stanford University Baseball Team, 1982-1986
- Borun and Church Scholarships, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1986-1991
- Alpha Omega Alpha, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1990
- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 1995
- Best paper, American College of Surgeons, South Texas Chapter, 2000, 2001
- Vandenberge-Storz Award for best paper by a young investigator, International Fetal Medicine and SurgerySociety, 2001
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Award, American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate, 2003
- Molecular Surgeon Research Achievement Award, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College ofMedicine, 2003
- H Magazine, 2009, 2015
- "Our Best Doctors,” Houstonia Magazine, 2013
- Best Doctor in America, 2006-2018
- "Year Best", Houston Medical Journal, 2008
- "Top Doctor,” US News and World Report, 2012
- "Top Doctor," Houstonia Magazine 2017
- "Best of the Best," Houston Chronicle, 2016 (awardedto small number of doctors and 2 pediatric surgeons in Houston)
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Fellow, Surgical Section, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Member, International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society
- Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association
- Member, Society of University Surgeons
- Member, Association for Academic Surgery
Research & Publications
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31 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
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|Patient Rating of Doctor||5|
4 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Cass he is so compassionate and excellent at what he does. he is truly a hero.
Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020
Dr. Darrell Cass saved my child's life and the Cleveland Clinic is lucky to have a surgeon of his expertise.
Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020
Dr. Cass is fantastic! I have nothing but the highest praises for him! I feel truly lucky that he was my daughters surgeon.
Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020
Dr. case genuinely cared about my daughter and her health as if it were his own daughter and really took the time and dedication to make sure he could do everything possible to ensure the best health for my daughter, even with other issues and concerns that he does not deal with. He even made it easy for me to go about how to handle any issues that could come about in the future and pointed me in the right direction as to where to start and who to go. I greatly appreciate what he has done and how he has been there for my family and I through my pregnancy and even the follow up to my daughter's health after she was born to this day.
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