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Board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Robert Appleton joined Valley Children’s in May 2011. An expert in echocardiography and outpatient pediatric cardiology, Dr. Appleton has more than 25 years’ experience.

Dr. Appleton Dr. Appleton provides pediatric cardiology services at The Willson Heart Center on Valley Children’s main campus, and in the North Valley at our Olivewood Specialty Care Center in Merced and our McHenry Specialty Care Center in Modesto.. He lives in the Modesto area to improve access to pediatric cardiology services for our referring physicians and families in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties.

Dr. Appleton came to us from Orlando, Florida, where he served in private practice for 17 years. He has held various academic appointments over the years, including clinical adjunct professor, pediatrics, at Florida State University in Orlando, as well as assistant/associate professor, pediatrics, and division chief, pediatric cardiology, at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Journal of Pediatrics, Circulation and Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Appleton is a fellow diplomate of several professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.

Dr. Appleton received his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He did his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Robert Appleton, MD
Service: Cardiology
Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics

Contact Information
1524 McHenry Ave Ste 570
Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: (209)572-3880 or (209) 726-0199

Professional History
Medical School
University of Florida College of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Vanderbilt Medical University
Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt Medical University
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