Biography

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.

Education

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
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

    Publications

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    Outpatient Management of Young Febrile Infants With Urinary Tract Infections.
    Schnadower D, Kuppermann N, Macias CG, Freedman SB, Agrawal D, Mao J, Dayan PS Pediatr Emerg Care 2014 Aug
    Controlled clinical comparison of new pediatric medium with adsorbent polymeric beads (PF Plus) versus charcoal-containing PF medium in the BacT/alert blood culture system.
    Doern CD, Mirrett S, Halstead D, Abid J, Okada P, Reller LB J. Clin. Microbiol. 2014 Jun 52 6 1898-900
    Lorazepam vs diazepam for pediatric status epilepticus: a randomized clinical trial.
    Chamberlain JM, Okada P, Holsti M, Mahajan P, Brown KM, Vance C, Gonzalez V, Lichenstein R, Stanley R, Brousseau DC, Grubenhoff J, Zemek R, Johnson DW, Clemons TE, Baren J JAMA 2014 Apr 23-30 311 16 1652-60
    Comparison of hypothermia and normothermia after severe traumatic brain injury in children (Cool Kids): a phase 3, randomised controlled trial.
    Adelson PD, Wisniewski SR, Beca J, Brown SD, Bell M, Muizelaar JP, Okada P, Beers SR, Balasubramani GK, Hirtz D Lancet Neurol 2013 Jun 12 6 546-53
    A randomized clinical trial of recombinant human hyaluronidase-facilitated subcutaneous versus intravenous rehydration in mild to moderately dehydrated children in the emergency department.
    Spandorfer PR, Mace SE, Okada PJ, Simon HK, Allen CH, Spiro DM, Friend K, Harb G, Lebel F Clin Ther 2012 Nov 34 11 2232-45
    Can novice sonographers accurately locate an endotracheal tube with a saline-filled cuff in a cadaver model? A pilot study
    Uya A, Spear D, Patel K, Okada PJ, Sheeran P, McCreight A Academic Emergency Medicine 2012 19 3 361-364
    Sterile Cerebrospinal Fluid Pleocytosis in Young Febrile Infants With Urinary Tract Infections.
    Schnadower D, Kuppermann N, Macias CG, Freedman SB, Baskin MN, Ishimine P, Scribner C, Okada P, Beach H, Bulloch B, Agrawal D, Saunders M, Sutherland DM, Blackstone MM, Sarnaik A, McManemy J, Brent A, Bennett J, Plymale JM, Solari P, Mann DJ, Dayan PS Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine 2011 Jul 165 7 635-41
    Febrile infants with urinary tract infections at very low risk for adverse events and bacteremia.
    Schnadower D, Kuppermann N, Macias CG, Freedman SB, Baskin MN, Ishimine P, Scribner C, Okada P, Beach H, Bulloch B, Agrawal D, Saunders M, Sutherland DM, Blackstone MM, Sarnaik A, McManemy J, Brent A, Bennett J, Plymale JM, Solari P, Mann DJ, Dayan PS Pediatrics 2010 Dec 126 6 1074-83
    Effect of clarithromycin on cytokines and chemokines in children with an acute exacerbation of recurrent wheezing: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
    Fonseca-Aten M, Okada PJ, Bowlware KL, Chavez-Bueno S, Mejias A, Rios AM, Katz K, Olsen K, Ng S, Jafri HS, McCracken GH, Ramilo O, Hardy RD Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2006 Oct 97 4 457-63
    Childhood injuries caused by falling televisions.
    Ota FS, Maxson RT, Okada PJ Acad Emerg Med 2006 Jun 13 6 700-3

    Books

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    Honors & Awards

    • Alpha Omega Alpha
      (1989)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Co-Director Pediatric Trauma Course, Istanbul Turkey (2012)
    • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas, Editorial Board (2010)
    • American College of Emergency Physicians (2003)
    • Dallas County Medical Society (2003)
    • Texas Pediatric Society, Section of Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse (2003)
    • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (1998-2006)
    • Ambulatory Pediatric Association (1997)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (1997)