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 the Medical Director of the Plano Children's Emergency Department. 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 Health Dallas (1996), Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2011), Clinical Science

Research Interest

  • Pediatric trauma outcomes research
  • Traumatic brain injury


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Presenting Characteristics Associated With Outcome in Children With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Secondary Analysis From a Randomized, Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Hypothermia.
Rosario BL, Horvat CM, Wisniewski SR, Bell MJ, Panigrahy A, Zuccoli G, Narayanan S, Balasubramani GK, Beers SR, Adelson PD Pediatr Crit Care Med 2018 10 19 10 957-964
Herpes Simplex Virus Infection in Infants Undergoing Meningitis Evaluation.
Cruz AT, Freedman SB, Kulik DM, Okada PJ, Fleming AH, Mistry RD, Thomson JE, Schnadower D, Arms JL, Mahajan P, Garro AC, Pruitt CM, Balamuth F, Uspal NG, Aronson PL, Lyons TW, Thompson AD, Curtis SJ, Ishimine PT, Schmidt SM, Bradin SA, Grether-Jones KL, Miller AS, Louie J, Shah SS, Nigrovic LE Pediatrics 2018 Jan
Impact of Enteroviral Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing on Length of Stay for Infants 60 Days Old or Younger.
Aronson PL, Lyons TW, Cruz AT, Freedman SB, Okada PJ, Fleming AH, Arms JL, Thompson AD, Schmidt SM, Louie J, Alfonzo MJ, Monuteaux MC, Nigrovic LE J. Pediatr. 2017 Jul
Therapeutic Hypothermia after In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children.
Moler FW, Silverstein FS, Holubkov R, Slomine BS, Christensen JR, Nadkarni VM, Meert KL, Browning B, Pemberton VL, Page K, Gildea MR, Scholefield BR, Shankaran S, Hutchison JS, Berger JT, Ofori-Amanfo G, Newth CJ, Topjian A, Bennett KS, Koch JD, Pham N, Chanani NK, Pineda JA, Harrison R, Dalton HJ, Alten J, Schleien CL, Goodman DM, Zimmerman JJ, Bhalala US, Schwarz AJ, Porter MB, Shah S, Fink EL, McQuillen P, Wu T, Skellett S, Thomas NJ, Nowak JE, Baines PB, Pappachan J, Mathur M, Lloyd E, van der Jagt EW, Dobyns EL, Meyer MT, Sanders RC, Clark AE, Dean JM N. Engl. J. Med. 2017 01 376 4 318-329
Interpretation of Cerebrospinal Fluid White Blood Cell Counts in Young Infants With a Traumatic Lumbar Puncture.
Lyons TW, Cruz AT, Freedman SB, Neuman MI, Balamuth F, Mistry RD, Mahajan P, Aronson PL, Thomson JE, Pruitt CM, Shah SS, Nigrovic LE Ann Emerg Med 2016 Dec
Pediatric Fractures Secondary to Trampoline Injury: A Prospective Analysis of User Circumstances and Injury Severity with Respect to American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement
Ho C, Phelps J, Evans N, Okada P, Wilson P. J Pediatr Emerg Intensive Care Med 2016 3 1-10
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


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Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

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)