Samir Pandya, M.D.

Samir Pandya, M.D.

  • Surgery - Pediatric
  • Pediatric Diseases Affecting the Esophagus, Chest Wall, Lungs, Stomach, and Intestines
  • Chest Wall Deformity


Samir Pandya, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric general and thoracic surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Pandya earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed a residency in general surgery at New York Medical College and fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Emory University.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery in adult and pediatric surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

A pediatric general and thoracic surgeon at Children’s Health, Dr. Pandya works to enhance the minimally invasive pediatric surgery program with an emphasis on performing surgery of all levels of complexity with the smallest number and size of incisions as possible. His expertise is recognized around the world, and he has taught these techniques to surgeons in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Dr. Pandya is Director of Clinical Research and Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program. He also serves as Chair of the Program Evaluation Committee for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship.

He’s on the editorial board of the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He serves on the executive board of International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.

Dr. Pandya was named a Top Doctor by D Magazine in 2020 and has received institutional recognition for his clinical work. He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters.

Personal Note

Dr. Pandya lives in Dallas with his wife, Linda, and their three children. When he’s not working, he enjoys skiing, target shooting, soccer, and football.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Emory University/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (2009-2011), Pediatric Surgery
  • Residency - New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center (2004-2009), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Medical College of Virginia (2000-2004)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
Honors & Awards
  • Top Doctor, D Magazine 2020
  • Ambulatory Services Provider of the Month 2020, Children’s Health
  • Teaching and Mentorship Award 2015, New York Medical College
  • Patient Care Champion 2014, Westchester Medical Center
  • Patient Care Champion 2013, Westchester Medical Center
  • Top Doctor/Healthcare Professional, Hudson Valley Parent Magazine 2012
  • Best of Lap Updates 2012, Pediatric Surgery Update at the Joint meeting of the SLS-MIRA-SRS
  • First Place, Clinical Presentation 2011, 1st Annual Pediatric Technology and Surgical Research Forum, Georgia Tech and CHOA
Books & Publications
  • Minimally Invasive Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Diseases Affecting the Esophagus, Chest Wall, Lungs, Stomach, and Intestines
  • Chest Wall Deformity

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