Pamela Okada, M.D.

Pamela Okada, M.D.

Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Pamela J. Okada, M.D., F.A.A.P., is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Okada received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1990, and completed her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical School (1990-1993), and her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1993-1996). She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Okada is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and the Medical Director of the Plano Children's Emergency Department. Her research interests include areas in pediatric head injury and neurologic outcome.

In 2019, Dr. Okada received UT Southwestern's Patient and Family Recognition Award.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Children's Health Dallas (1994-1996), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Medical School - Tulane University School of Medicine (1986-1990)
  • Residency - Harbor - UCLA Medical Center (1990-1993), Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - Harbor - UCLA Medical Center (1993-1994), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Graduate School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2005-2011), Clinical Science
  • Other Post Graduate Training - University Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1994-1996)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (1997)
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association (1997)
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (1998-2006)
  • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas, Editorial Board (2010)
  • Texas Pediatric Society, Section of Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse (2003)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (2003)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (2003)
  • Co-Director Pediatric Trauma Course, Istanbul Turkey (2012)
Honors & Awards
  • Patient and Family Recognition Award – UT Southwestern 2019
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1989
Books & Publications
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Pediatric trauma outcomes research

Clinical Focus

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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2019 Leaders in Clinical Excellence video: Dr. Pamela Okada