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.


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

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