Dr. Nakia Gaines graduated from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.  She then completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  After completing residency, Dr. Gaines was a pediatric hospitalist for one year at All Children’s Hospital at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida.  She then moved to Houston, Texas and completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.  After completing fellowship, Dr. Gaines began her career as a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Health Dallas and Plano.  She is now an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern.


Medical School
University of Miami School of Medicine (2005)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2008), Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine (2012), Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Research Interest

  • Car Seat Safety
  • Injury Prevention
  • Quality Improvement


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Comparison of Procalcitonin With Commonly Used Biomarkers and Algorithms for Evaluating Suspected Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infection in the Emergency Department.
van der Laan L, Gaines N, Van Horn N, Jo C, Ma Y, Copley LA, J Pediatr Orthop 2023 Feb 43 2 e168-e173
Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental and Behavioral Health Visits to the Emergency Department.
Bolt J, Patel F, Stone L, Pandian D, Manuel MM, Gaines N, Pediatr Emerg Care 2022 Jun
Pediatric Subcutaneous Abscess: Still a Clinical Exam-Based Diagnosis and Treatment.
Garcia IC, Clark RA, Chung DH, Gaines N, Children (Basel) 2021 May 8 5
Etiologies of septic shock in a pediatric emergency department population.
Gaines NN, Patel B, Williams EA, Cruz AT Pediatr. Infect. Dis. J. 2012 Nov 31 11 1203-5
Pneumothorax, Pneumomediastinum, and Pulmonary Embolism
Johnson NN, Toledo A, Endom E Pediatric Clinics of North America 2010 Dec 57 6 1357-1383


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Honors & Awards

  • Medicine Trustee Scholarship
    University of Miami School of Medicine (2001-2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2020)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow (2009)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine (2013)
  • Texas Pediatric Society, Injury Prevention and Environmental Health Committee (2018)