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Abilene Pediatric Specialties

With more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinic offices located throughout Texas, Cook Children's is close by, even when patient families can't make it to our medical center. Our Abilene pediatric specialty clinic supports infants, children, teens and young adults who need one-time or ongoing specialty care from across town or across the state.

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Specialty Services

Adult Congenital Cardiology

Dr. Pilgrim with patient

Brilliant advancements in pediatric medicine and surgery mean that more and more children are not only surviving, but growing up to become adults who are leading full lives. That also means that the need for ongoing care for adults with congenital heart defects is growing as well.

Here at Cook Children's, we care for the needs of patients with congenital heart disease from the moment they're born, and we stay with them all the way into adulthood. Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) is one of only a few formal programs nationwide to offer inpatient and outpatient care for teen and adult patients with congenital heart disease, because adulthood, like childhood, should be as simple as possible.


Young baby with heart condition

When your child's heart is broken, you want the best possible pediatric cardiologists available to mend it. The vast technology and expertise available in our innovative heart programs, combined with the depth of knowledge and skill of our cardiologists, gives Cook Children's a superior level of outcomes.

Cook Children's is one of the few pediatric facilities in the nation to offer full-service cardiology care. Our rapidly growing heart center is quickly becoming one of the leading centers for newborns, children, adolescents and young adults with acquired or congenital heart and cardiovascular disorders and diseases. At Cook Children's, our goal is to work closely with our patients, their families and referring physicians to determine the best plan of treatment for the one thing that matters most: your child's well-being.

As part of our collaborative nature, we have access to the full support of a wide array of our pediatric specialties including neurosciences, genetics, hematology and other specialties that might be required to support your child's specific issue. Your child will also have access to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics with a focus on technology that is minimally or noninvasive whenever possible. And that means giving you and your child the best treatment options and care choices available to repair their heart and help them grow and lead active lives.

Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) Team

Sad looking child

Led by pediatricians who are board-certified in child abuse medicine, the Cook Children's Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) team provides medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments and preventive education. Most CARE team examinations are conducted following a referral from Child Protective Services, a law enforcement agency or a medical provider.

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Endocrinologist with patient

Cook Children's Endocrinology team treats infants, children and teens with conditions that are caused by or affect the hormonal balance of the body. We understand the importance of working together and that's how we approach the care of our children.

As part of our collaborative nature, we have access to the full support of a wide array of our pediatric specialties including genetics, hematology-oncology and other specialties that might be required to support your child's specific issue. Your child will also have access to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics. And that means giving you and your child the best treatment options and care choices available to help them grow and lead active lives.

Our team, comprised of board certified pediatric endocrinologists, certified pediatric nurse practitioners, certified educators, psychologists and other pediatric specialists, creates individualized treatment plans incorporating the latest technological advances in diagnosis and care.

Fetal Echocardiography Consults

Fetal echo on patient

One in every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease, making it the number one disorder in newborns. Cook Children's fetal echocardiography (fetal ECHO) program specializes in the diagnosis and treatment planning of congenital heart conditions during pregnancy through ultrasound technology.

This amazing technology allows doctors to see a baby's heart while it's still in the womb. And once your baby is born, our Heart team is here to care for your child from birth to adulthood.

The fetal echo team works with a fetal nurse coordinator to arrange the fetal echocardiogram, diagnosis and counseling during your initial visit. Birth plans are formulated and combine ongoing care with the perinatology, neonatology and cardiovascular surgery. Our team approach is designed to involve parents every step of the way, helping you understand the diagnosis, ask questions and make informed decisions.


Geneticist with patient

The physicians and staff that makeup Cook Children's Genetics help patients and their families understand the disorders and related recurrence risks.

Genetic tests are done by analyzing small samples of blood or body tissues. They determine whether you, your partner, or your baby carry genes for certain inherited disorders.

We offer a wide array of specialized genetic services, including:

  • Gathering relevant birth, medical and developmental history of the patient, including their detailed family history.
  • Evaluation by a board certified geneticist.
  • Relevant diagnostic testing.
  • Detailed explanation of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options.
  • Discussion of reproductive and recurrence risks.
  • Dietary management for metabolic disorders.
  • Psychosocial support.
  • Referral to appropriate medical specialists and community resources.
  • Communication with the patient's primary care physician and related specialists.

Hematology and Oncology

Hematologist with patient

The Hematology and Oncology Center provides high-quality, family and patient-centered care to children and teenagers with cancer and blood disorders. We also provide access to leading-edge therapies and research.

Childhood cancer and certain blood disorders in children can be extremely rare. And even those that are found in adults require a very different approach when it comes to treating kids, teens, and young adults. Choosing a board-certified pediatric specialist for your child's care ensures that your doctor has highly specialized training both in your child's diagnosis and in treating that diagnosis specifically in children.

Infectious Disease

Dr. Rios with patient

Cook Children's Infectious Disease team is dedicated to providing excellent, patient-centered care, as well as access to the most up-to-date therapies and leading-edge clinical research.

We offer care for children and teens with diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses. Our team provides a broad range of services including diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient consultations, immune deficiency evaluations and treatment of recurring infections.


Neurosurgeon team

When it comes to your child's brain, spinal cord and nervous system, you want the very best team of neuroscience specialists available.

The doctors at Cook Children's are some of the best minds in the nation, and our programs are head and shoulders above the crowd.

As part of our collaborative nature, you have access to the full support of a wide array of Cook Children's pediatric specialties including cardiovascular, genetics, hematology and other specialties that might be required to support your child's specific diagnosis.

Your child will also have access to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics with a focus on technology that is minimally or noninvasive whenever possible.

And that means giving you and your child the best treatment options and care choices available to help them grow and reach their greatest possible potential.


Child working on paper

When a child's thinking or behavior is impacted by neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions, life can get pretty frustrating for the child, parents, caregivers, schools–even friends. The neuropsychology team here at Cook Children's is here to help. We work with your child and family to design an individualized plan that will help your child develop their abilities and both your child and family to cope with these challenges.

Our team of neuropsychologists is highly trained and skilled in evaluating the needs of children, teens and young adults. When a child's diagnosis may affect thinking, his or her doctor will refer the child to us. We assess multiple areas of your child's cognition, such as thought, experience and the senses, in order to determine if deficits exist and what is causing the problem. Evaluations provided by our team can help you, your pediatrician, teachers and therapists assist your child in the most effective ways, based on your child's strengths and weaknesses so the he or she can achieve their full potential.


Young child with hand on head

Our psychiatry department helps children, ages 2-17, and their families who are experiencing behavioral, neurodevelopmental and emotional challenges. Our staff is specifically trained to work with young patients and our psychiatrists are board certified in child and/or adolescent psychiatry.

Our treatment team works together to help re-establish the family unit as the most important influence in the child's life. That way, the child's care can be maintained at home whenever possible.

Areas of expertise:

  • Attention deficit disorder/Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavior issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Coping with medical conditions
  • Depression
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Stress
  • Schizophrenia
  • Family issues
  • Suicide attempts
  • Learning disabilities and intellectual delays

Depending on the severity of the child's situation, we


Our team includes board certified pediatric pulmonologists, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, Child Life specialists, clinical dieticians and social workers.

The professional opinion of each team member, including parents, is considered in developing a plan of care for your child. We place a high value on continuity of care with your primary pulmonologist.

Cook Children's Pulmonology team provides specialized expertise in several areas.

Cystic Fibrosis
Cook Children's Cystic Fibrosis (CF) center is nationally accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our pulmonologists work with the CF team to provide care for children, adolescents and adults, which include age-specific education for patients and their families. Cook Children's is working diligently to identify patients earlier in age through enhanced state-required newborn screening requirements.

Working with primary care physicians, our pulmonologists provide comprehensive care to asthmatics, particularly high-risk cases, educating patients and family members on protocols to manage his or her asthma more independently.

Sleep Center
Cook Children's is an accredited Sleep Center for those pediatric patients with sleep apnea and other breathing disorders.

Chronic Lung Disease of Infancy (CDLI) or Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
BPD is a lung disease that may develop in premature infants. Physicians, respiratory therapists, a nutritionist and members of the Gastroenterology team work to care for BPD patients and may offer rehabilitative therapy.

Stress Testing

Girl holding basketball

Adults aren't the only ones who benefit from a stress, or exercise, test. This type of testing can be very beneficial in determining how well a young heart works at different levels of activity. This test is noninvasive and for kids it can actually be quite fun. It also offer valuable information to your child's doctor. Stress testing can help to determine how well your child's heart is functioning and may signal a need for medical or surgical care. If your child has already been treated for a heart condition, your doctor may stress testing as a way to see how well the heart is functioning after treatment. In some cases where your child is experiencing chest pain, your doctor may recommend a stress test to determine if the pain is caused by the heart and vascular system, or by the respiratory system.

Who gets tested? Children, teens and young adults who are able to walk and run on a treadmill, and can follow the instructions necessary to complete the test are good candidates. Most patients are able to participate if they are over 5 or 6 years old.

Pediatric Urology

Urologists with family

Cook Children's has opened the doors to a state-of-the-art pediatric urology center dedicated to treating kids with many different genitourinary conditions.

As part of our new Pediatric Urology department, the Genitourinary Research, Education and Treatment (GREAT) Kids program is led by a team of world-renowned medical professionals with expertise in both common and rare genitourinary diseases and conditions to the children of North Texas and beyond.

Regional Liaison Contact

Shayla Grelle

Shayla Grelle, BSN, RN, CDE
Cook Children's physician liaison for Abilene and surrounding areas, Shayla Grelle, is available as your comprehensive resource for Cook Children's services. She can assist with referrals, information on services and specialties, complaint resolution, and CME education.

Call 817-347-2822
Email Shayla Grelle

Telemedicine Services

With Cook Children's Telehealth and Virtual Medicine program, your patient families can virtually connect to Cook Children's specialists in real-time, without the time and expense of having to travel to Fort Worth. The clinic is staffed with specialized diagnostic equipment that allows our physicians to virtually examine the patient. They can review recent lab work, tests and scans with patient families, just as if they were in the office. Additionally, we also offer telehealth services with dietitians, social workers, psychologists or counselors for patient education, dietary consultations and more.

Telehealth and Virtual Medicine program

Referral Information

Access referral forms for each of our pediatric specialties, or call 325-690-6680 to request assistance. Our specialists work closely with referring physicians to assure that each patient gets the very best care available based on their needs.

Important Phone Numbers for Referring Physicians

Emergency Referral/Admission

For emergency referrals, call 1-682-885-3901

Please have the following patient information ready:

  • Patient's name and date of birth
  • Reason for admission
  • Admission type, such as observation or inpatient
  • Special needs of patient, such as isolation or equipment
  • Patient's medical history

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Referral/Admittance

Refer to our Level IV all-single room neonatal ICU which provides heart rate observation (HeRO) technology, ECMO and hypothermia therapies, as well as integrated cardiac monitoring, infant stroke, preemie care, and other critical neonatal medical conditions.

To refer to Cook Children's NICU, please contact Teddy Bear Transport:

International Referrals

Our highly skilled physicians cover more than 30 specialties and subspecialties which allows your patients to receive outstanding care, all in one place. Our International Patient Services team will review each case and recommend the best treatment plan for a child visiting Cook Children's.

If you'd like to refer an international patient, need assistance or have questions, our staff is here to help at +1-682-885-INTL (+1-682-885-4685).

Quick Reference Guide and Specialty Contacts

For a listing of referral contacts by department you can view, download and/or print our quick reference contact guide by clicking here.

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