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Alan Leonard Nager, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
CHL Mail Stop 113 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 4124


Dr. Alan L. Nager is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. In addition, he has been Director of the Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles since 1997. The Emergency Department treats 65,000 patients annually, and is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Southern California. Dr. Nager received his undergraduate degree in Public Health and Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1987. He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1992. He received his Masters of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Southern California in 2009. Dr. Nager has lectured extensively on a variety of Emergency Medicine topics nationally and internationally. He is a member of several pediatric emergency medicine organizations dealing with health and injury prevention and was a consultant for the Los Angeles Poison Control Center for four years. Dr. Nager has volunteered extensively with organizations that provide pediatric health and education experiences. He has appeared over 45 times in local, state, national print and broadcast media, as a featured expert on numerous medical and trauma topics. In addition, Dr. Nager has numerous publications, predominately in the areas of dehydration, mental health, disaster medicine, and trauma.


Moskalewicz RL, Isenalumhe LL, Luu C, Wee CP, Nager AL. Bacteremia in nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep 17. View in: PubMed

Moskalewicz RL, Isenalumhe LL, Luu C, Wee CP, Nager AL. Bacteremia in nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep 17. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Pham P, Grajower SN, Gold JI. March of the Living, a Holocaust Educational Tour: An Assessment of Anxiety and Depression. J Relig Health. 2016 Jun; 55(3):1000-9. View in: PubMed

Pade KH, Johnson L, Nager AL. An Analysis of Intravenous Catheter Placement Among Patients in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Mar; 32(3):142-8. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Kobylecka M, Pham PK, Johnson L, Gold JI. Effects of acupuncture on pain and inflammation in pediatric emergency department patients with acute appendicitis: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2015 May; 21(5):269-72. View in: PubMed

Heilbrunn BR, Wittern RE, Lee JB, Pham PK, Hamilton AH, Nager AL. Reducing anxiety in the pediatric emergency department: a comparative trial. J Emerg Med. 2014 Dec; 47(6):623-31. View in: PubMed

Liberman DB, Pham PK, Nager AL. Pediatric advance directives: parents' knowledge, experience, and preferences. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 134(2):e436-43. View in: PubMed

Marconi GP, Chang T, Pham PK, Grajower DN, Nager AL. Traditional nurse triage vs physician telepresence in a pediatric ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2014 Apr; 32(4):325-9. View in: PubMed

Behar S, Burke R, Upperman J, Nager AL. Competency-based pediatric disaster training. Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(1):5-16. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Pham P, Gold JI. March of the living, a holocaust educational tour: effect on adolescent Jewish identity. J Relig Health. 2013 Dec; 52(4):1402-14. View in: PubMed

Chung S, Fagbuyi D, Lozon MM, Johnson T, Nager AL, Cicero MX, Dahl-Grove D, Costello BE, Krug SE. Going Viral: Adapting to Pediatric Surge During the H1N1 Pandemic. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Nov; 29(11):1159-65. View in: PubMed

Behar S, Benson Ii R, Kurzweil A, Azen C, Nager AL. Use of an emergency medical pictorial communication book during simulated disaster conditions. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Oct; 7(5):475-80. View in: PubMed

Claudius I, Mahrer N, Nager AL, Gold JI. Occult psychosocial impairment in a pediatric emergency department population. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Dec; 28(12):1334-7. View in: PubMed

Nunez J, Liu DR, Nager AL. Dehydration treatment practices among pediatrics-trained and non-pediatrics trained emergency physicians. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):322-8. View in: PubMed

Marconi GP, Ross LA, Nager AL. An upsurge in pertussis: epidemiology and trends. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Mar; 28(3):215-9. View in: PubMed

Willner EL, Jackson HA, Nager AL. Delayed diagnosis of injuries in pediatric trauma: the role of radiographic ordering practices. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 30(1):115-23. View in: PubMed

Burke RV, Berg BM, Vee P, Morton I, Nager A, Neches R, Wetzel R, Upperman JS. Using robotic telecommunications to triage pediatric disaster victims. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jan; 47(1):221-4. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Nager SM, Lalani PG, Gold JI. Holocaust student tour: the impact on spirituality and health. Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2011; 48(3):186-94. View in: PubMed

Nager AL. Intravenous rehydration in paediatric gastroenteritis. BMJ. 2011; 343:d7083. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Mahrer NE, Gold JI. State trait anxiety in the emergency department: an analysis of anticipatory and life stressors. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Dec; 26(12):897-901. View in: PubMed

Kwan KY, Nager AL. Diagnosing pediatric appendicitis: usefulness of laboratory markers. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Nov; 28(9):1009-15. View in: PubMed

Chang TP, Nager AL. Pediatric traumatic brain injury: the utility of beta-natriuretic peptide. J Trauma. 2010 Jun; 68(6):1401-5. View in: PubMed

Marconi GP, Nager AL. Teaching residents established guidelines and standards of care to strengthen their cost-containment practices. Manag Care. 2010 May; 19(5):46-51. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Wang VJ. Comparison of ultrarapid and rapid intravenous hydration in pediatric patients with dehydration. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Feb; 28(2):123-9. View in: PubMed

Durani Y, Egan M, Baffa J, Selbst SM, Nager AL. Pediatric myocarditis: presenting clinical characteristics. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Oct; 27(8):942-7. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Khanna K. Emergency department surge: models and practical implications. J Trauma. 2009 Aug; 67(2 Suppl):S96-9. View in: PubMed

Gold JI, Montano Z, Shields S, Mahrer NE, Vibhakar V, Ybarra T, Yee N, Upperman J, Blake N, Stevenson K, Nager AL. Pediatric disaster preparedness in the medical setting: integrating mental health. Am J Disaster Med. 2009 May-Jun; 4(3):137-46. View in: PubMed

Behar S, Upperman JS, Ramirez M, Dorey F, Nager A. Training medical staff for pediatric disaster victims: a comparison of different teaching methods. Am J Disaster Med. 2008 Jul-Aug; 3(4):189-99. View in: PubMed

Altergott C, Garcia FJ, Nager AL. Pediatric fingertip injuries: do prophylactic antibiotics alter infection rates? Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Mar; 24(3):148-52. View in: PubMed

Chokshi NK, Behar S, Nager AL, Dorey F, Upperman JS. Disaster management among pediatric surgeons: preparedness, training and involvement. Am J Disaster Med. 2008 Jan-Feb; 3(1):5-14. View in: PubMed

Steiner MJ, Nager AL, Wang VJ. Urine specific gravity and other urinary indices: inaccurate tests for dehydration. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 May; 23(5):298-303. View in: PubMed

Claudius I, Skaggs D, Nager A. Poststabilization care for pediatric fractures: a follow-up survey. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Aug; 22(8):562-5. View in: PubMed

Claudius IA, Nager AL. The utility of safety counseling in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):e423-7. View in: PubMed

Garcia FJ, Nager AL. Jaundice as an early diagnostic sign of urinary tract infection in infancy. Pediatrics. 2002 May; 109(5):846-51. View in: PubMed

Nager AL, Wang VJ. Comparison of nasogastric and intravenous methods of rehydration in pediatric patients with acute dehydration. Pediatrics. 2002 Apr; 109(4):566-72. View in: PubMed

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