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Hero with a Heart Honoree

Dr. Charles Huddleston is a Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine and SLUCare Pediatric Heart Surgeon at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. He is a recognized expert in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and congenital heart disease.

Dr. Huddleston earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and went on to earn his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. After an internship in medicine, he trained in general, cardiac, and cardiothoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Huddleston spent one year as senior registrar in pediatric cardiac and thoracic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in London, England, and came to St. Louis in 1990.

Dr. Huddleston was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine from 1990 to 2011, serving as Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery division and Surgical Director of the lung and heart transplant programs at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Huddleston joined St. Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in 2011.

A member of several professional associations, Dr. Huddleston has served on many prestigious national committees and in leadership positions of national surgical societies, most recently as Vice President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. An innovator in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, Dr. Huddleston has published nearly 150 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Huddleston is the recipient of many awards and accolades and was named one of America’s Top Doctors for the past 15 years. Dr. Huddleston is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served his country in the first Gulf War.

Dr. Huddleston is a tireless advocate for his patients and is committed to medical mission work. He has shared his expertise in congenital heart surgery with colleagues and children in Panama and Hong Kong. He has had the honor of working with esteemed colleagues, including Drs. Nick Kouchoukos, Thomas Spray, Marc Moon, Andrew Fiore, and Angela Sharkey and the OR and ICU nurses, perfusionists, anesthesiologists, and cardiologists at the Dallas Heart Center.

Dr. Huddleston is married to Dr. Marye Gleva and they have one child, Sophie. He also has three older children: Laura, Rachel, and Alex. In addition to his family, one of his greatest accomplishments was as a Cardinals relief pitcher, throwing out the first pitch at Busch Stadium during Congenital Heart Disease Day at the ballpark.