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. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and was the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Fellowship Program from 2015-2020. In July 2020, she became the Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program. Her research interests include prehospital assessment of pediatric trauma, pediatric c-spine injury, outcomes of pediatric trauma and medical education, medical education, diversity, equity and inclusion.


Medical School
University of Benin College of Medicine, Nigeria (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

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Medical Education
  • Outcomes of Pediatric Trauma
  • Pediatric C-spine Injury
  • Prehospital Assessment of Pediatric Trauma


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Changing Who Has a Seat and Voice at the Table: How the Academic Pediatric Association is Responding to Systemic Racism.
Cohen A, Montez K, Orr C, Konrath J, Oddiri U, Russell CJ, Gambill L, Nesiama JA, Chung PJ, McNeal-Trice K, Acad Pediatr 2022 04 22 3 352-355
Injury Rates, Patterns, Mechanisms, and Risk Factors Among Competitive Youth Climbers in the United States.
Barrile AM, Feng SY, Nesiama JA, Huang C, Wilderness Environ Med 2022 Feb
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Directors' 2021 Collective Statement on Virtual Interviews and Second Looks.
Allister L, Baghdassarian A, Caglar D, Chapman J, Ciener DA, Fein DM, Graff D, Jacobs E, Jain P, Kane I, Langhan ML, McGreevy J, Nagler J, Nesiama JA, Ngo TL, Rose JA, Seaton K, Stukus K, Vu T, Werner H, Woods R, Pediatr Emerg Care 2021 Nov 37 11 585-587
Virtual Interviewing for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship-A National Survey.
van der Laan L, George R, Nesiama JA, Nagler J, Langhan ML, Yen K, Ngo TL, Rose JA, Caglar D, Kant S, Ciener D, Feng SY, Pediatr Emerg Care 2021 Oct
Rural Versus Urban Pediatric Firearm Injuries: A 10-year Review at a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Day C, Diebel A, Oke O, Nesiama JA Clinical Medicine Research 2021 10 6 173.179
Decreasing review and notification times of genital and urine cultures in a pediatric emergency department: An observational before and after study.
Tweedle J, Mercado E, Truesdale N, Leonard D, Nesiama JO, J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open 2020 Dec 1 6 1512-1519
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Directors' Collective Statement on Virtual Interviews.
Allister L, Langhan ML, Rose JA, Kane I, Vu T, Ngo TL, Nesiama JA, Blumberg S, Ciener DA, Titus MO, Nagler J, Pediatr Emerg Care 2020 Nov 36 11 549-550
Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Central Venous Assessment in the Emergency Department: A Prospective Study Comparing the Femoral and Internal Jugular Veins.
Pandya L, Cooper M, Patel N, Leonard D, Fernandes N, Spear D, Nesiama JA, Pediatr Emerg Care 2020 Oct
Case 4: Two Children with Presumed Inguinal Hernias.
Williams JA, Bruce G, Patel N, Nesiama JA, Pediatr Rev 2019 Sep 40 9 491-493
What is causing an infant?s facial swelling?
Lowe G, Ochoa C, Patel A, Nesiama J-A Consultant 2019 Sep 40 9 491-493


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • Best Research Mentor
    Awarded by UT Southwestern Pediatric Residency Program (2022)
  • Outstanding Senior Faculty
    Awarded by UT Southwestern PEM Fellowship Program (2022)
  • Best Program Director: Awarded by UT Southwestern GME Office
    Amongst all UT Southwestern Residency and Fellowship Programs (2021)
  • Best Poster in Research Category.
    Children's Medical Center Research Week Poster Fair: Pediatric Firearm Injuries: Demographics and Context of Injuries in Urban and Rural Communities. (2016)
  • 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

  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA) (2008)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (1998)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section on Emergency Medicine (SOME) (2006)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Wisconsin Chapter (2005-2008)
  • American Medical Association (2001-2005)
  • Association of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Directors (2016)
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) (2017)
  • Corpus Christi Pediatric Society (1998-2005)
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) (2006-2014)
  • Nueces County Medical Society, Treasurer (2008-2009)
  • Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS) (2013)
  • Southern Medical Society (SMS) (2002-2005)
  • Texas Pediatric Society, Section of Emergency Medicine (SOEM) (2011)