William Stigall, MD
William Stigall is a pediatric critical care physician and bioethicist. He graduated with a BBA in Business Honors from UT-Austin and a MD from UT-Southwestern in Dallas. He continued medical training in Dallas at UTSW/Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for residency (pediatrics), chief residency (pediatrics), fellowship (pediatric critical care), and chief fellowship (pediatric critical care). He then completed an additional fellowship year in pediatric cardiac critical care at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Stigall practiced pediatric cardiac critical care in the Congenital Heart Surgery Center at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas from 2010 through 2018 and was interim medical director from 2015 to 2018. He now practices pediatric critical care at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Dr. Stigall loves pediatric critical care as this is the area of medicine that he feels can most positively affect the lives of sick children using principles of physiology and application of technology. He feels truly blessed to help patients and families at times of tremendous need.
During residency and fellowship, Dr. Stigall obtained a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Dallas. His thesis was entitled Children’s Rights: An Orphan of Philosophy and concerned the philosophical underpinnings of the children’s rights movement and the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. He has been a member and chair of multiple bioethics committees and has taught Bioethics at the University of Dallas since 2012. His current philosophical interests include the interaction of mind and body, the social nature of man, and philosophy of medicine. In 2019, he became the Chairman of the IRB at Cook Children’s and Medical Director of the Human Subjects Research Protection Program.
He has spoken locally and nationally on the biopsychosocial effects of contraception and oxytocin, and the practice of medicine as an Aristotelian art, and the Hippocratic Oath, among other topics. He is convinced that much more can be done to develop an evidenced based bioethics and that the American College of Pediatricians is the sort of organization best positioned to do so. Only organizations firmly dedicated to evincing the truths of experience and experiment regardless of how well they fit the prevailing political winds can serve as trustworthy guides in these tumultuous times.