Nakia N. Gaines, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in pediatric emergency medicine.

Dr. Gaines earned her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed a pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by fellowship training in emergency medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Gaines joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Dr. Gaines is Chair of the Gary R. Fleisher Grand Rounds Steering Committee at UT Southwestern and previously served as Pediatric EMS Simulation Training Course Coordinator at Children’s Health Plano. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Academic Pediatric Association and the Texas Pediatric Society, where she serves on the Injury Prevention and Environmental Health Committee and the Pediatric First and Safety Training Steering Committee.

Dr. Gaines has given numerous lectures and authored multiple peer-reviewed articles in her areas of expertise.

Personal Note

When she’s not working, Dr. Gaines enjoys outings around the city with her family, traveling, and making music playlists.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Miami School of Medicine (2001-2005)
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2005-2008), Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine (2009-2012), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Texas Pediatric Society
Honors & Awards
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award 2020, UT Southwestern Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program
Books & Publications
  • Skin and soft tissue infection
  • Musculoskeletal infection

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