Leslie Garner, M.D.

Leslie Garner, M.D.

  • Pediatrics - Critical Care
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Use of the electronic health record to facility the delivery of high-quality care in the PICU


Leslie Garner, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in pediatric critical care and medical education.

Dr. Garner earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern, where she also completed a residency in general pediatrics and gained advanced training through a fellowship in pediatric critical care.

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2003.

Dr. Garner is the Course Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Resident Rotation and the Pediatric Critical Care MSIV Acute Care Rotation at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. In addition, she is a liaison for the Parkland Hospital Burn ICU and a CPOE/Epic Champion for Pediatric Critical Care. Her clinical interests include balancing high-quality clinical care with education in an academic training facility and optimization of the electronic health record.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Garner serves on the Program Evaluation Committee of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Care Fellowship and is a compliance liaison for the Department of Pediatrics. At Children’s Health, she is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee, a Physician Peer Supporter for the RISE Team, a voting member of the Information Technology Change Advisory Group, and a member of the Physician Advisory Council.

Dr. Garner has delivered countless lectures, contributed to several clinical practice guidelines, and developed numerous electronic order sets. Her nonclinical time is spent focusing on the education of future pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists, as well as improving the quality of delivered care within the Pediatric ICU and the Parkland Hospital Burn ICU.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Texas Medical Association.

In 2020 and 2021, Dr. Garner was ranked a Best Pediatric Specialist by D Magazine.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Children's Health Dallas (1996-1999), Pediatrics
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1992-1996)
  • Fellowship - Children's Health Dallas (2000-2003), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • Best Pediatric Specialist 2020-2021, D Magazine
  • Chief Fellow 2002-2003, UT Southwestern Pediatric Critical Care Service
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 1996, UT Southwestern
  • Roberta Joy Uhr Award 1996, UT Southwestern
Books & Publications
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Resident and medical student education

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Use of the electronic health record to facility the delivery of high-quality care in the PICU

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