Jo-Ann O. Nesiama, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P., is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She graduated from the School of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Nigeria, in 1989. She then completed a 1 year rotating internship and worked in various locations in Nigeria prior to immigrating to the United States. She completed her pediatric residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi (1998-2001) and was chief resident from 2001-2002. She worked in the emergency department in Driscoll until she left for her fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin (2005-2008). She also obtained her MS in epidemiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin during her fellowship (2006-2008). She returned to Driscoll where she practiced for one year prior to joining the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Medical Center/ UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009. She is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas pediatric Society. Dr. Nesiama is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and is currently the Associate Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program. Her research interests include prehospital assessment of pediatric trauma, pediatric c-spine injury, prehospital care of injured children, and outcomes of pediatric trauma.


Medical School
University of Benin College of Medicine (1989)
Driscoll Children's Hospital - GME (1999), Pediatrics
Driscoll Children's Hospital - GME (2001), Pediatrics
Chief Resident
Driscoll Children's Hospital - GME (2002), Pediatrics
Other Post Graduate Training
The Medical College of Wisconsin (2008)
Medical College of Wisconsin (2008), Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Outcomes of pediatric trauma
  • Pediatric c-spine injury
  • Pediatric head trauma
  • Prehospital care of injured children


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Does a prehospital Glasgow Coma Scale score predict pediatric outcomes?
Nesiama JA, Pirallo RG, Lerner EB, Hennes H Pediatr Emerg Care 2012 Oct 28 10 1027-32
Pediatric maxillofacial fractures
Nesiama JO, Sinn DP Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2010 Jun 11 2 103-107
Tooth avulsion
Nesiama JO, Sinn DP Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2010 Jun 11 2 108-111
Pediatric Cervical Spine Injuries: Evaluation and Management
Nesiama, JO, Hennes, HM Turkiye Klinikleri J Surg Med Sci 2007 3(50) 40-46


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Honors & Awards

  • Consumers Research Council of America, America's Top Pediatricians
  • John G. and Elena Suess Kenedy Award, Best Resident
  • Corpus Christi Pediatric Society Resident Research, Best case presentation

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) (2013)
  • Texas Pediatric Society, Section of Emergency Medicine (SOEM) (2011)
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA) (2008)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (1998)