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 an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her research interests include areas in pediatric head injury and neurologic outcome.


Graduate School UT Southwestern Medical School
Medical School Tulane University School of Medicine (1990)
Residency Harbor - UCLA Medical Center (1993), Pediatrics
Fellowship Harbor - UCLA Medical Center (1994), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Children's Medical Center (1996), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
University UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011)

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Neurologic Emergencies
  • Pediatric Trauma Outcomes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Research Interest

  • Pediatric trauma outcomes research
  • Traumatic brain injury


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid Levels of Glutamate in Children with Bacterial Meningitis as a Predictor of the Development of Seizures or Other Adverse Outcomes
Ma W, Shang-Feaster G, Okada P, Kernie S Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2003 4(2) 260-1
Surgical Emergencies in the Neonate
Okada PJ, Hicks B Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine March 2002 3 (1) 3-13
Drowning and Near Drowning
Okada PJ, Levin D Essentials of Pediatric Intensive Care 1996 Textbook
The Pneumatic Antishock Garment
Okada PJ, Lewis RJ Illustrated Textbook of Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Procedures 1996 Textbook

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine