Robert D. Tunks, MD

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Robert D. Tunks, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
Pediatric Cardiology

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Radiology
Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiology

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About Me

Robert Tunks, MD, began his pediatric training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he served as a resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Tunks also completed an advanced imaging fellowship at Duke, gaining expertise in transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. As a faculty member at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Tunks sees children of all ages, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has a particular interest in the advancement of noninvasive imaging techniques to help care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease.


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Professional Education


Medical School, University of Texas - San Antonio - SOM - 2007


Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology Duke University Medical Center - 2014


Residency, Pediatrics Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Tennessee) - 2010

Research Interests

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Use of fetal echocardiography for screening and management of congenital heart block

Academic Interests

  • 3D printing in congenital heart disease
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Fetal heart block
  • Medical student, resident and fellow education


  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, inducted, 2007
  • Top Educator Award, Department of Pediatrics, 2018