Alan Leonard Nager, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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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.


  • A checklist intervention for pediatric emergency department transfer of care sign-outs Am J Emerg Med. 2024 Jan 05. . View in PubMed
  • A Mixed Methods Needs Assessment for a Debriefing Intervention Following Critical Cases Acad Pediatr. 2022 May 20. . View in PubMed
  • Teaching Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to Caregivers in the Emergency Department Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Dec 01; 37(12):e1204-e1208. . View in PubMed
  • Adolescent and young adult stress and coping during COVID-19: the utility of a pediatric emergency department screener Int J Emerg Med. 2021 Jul 27; 14(1):41. . View in PubMed
  • The World Could Be Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 02 01; 37(2):131. . View in PubMed
  • Factors influencing termination of resuscitation in children: a qualitative analysis Int J Emerg Med. 2020 Mar 14; 13(1):12. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers to Effective Teamwork Relating to Pediatric Resuscitations: Perceptions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Staff Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Mar; 36(3):e146-e150. . View in PubMed
  • Use of Audiobooks as an Environmental Distractor to Decrease State Anxiety in Children Waiting in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Pilot and Feasibility Study Front Pediatr. 2020; 8:556805. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric Online Disaster Preparedness Training for Medical and Non-Medical Personnel: A Multi-Level Modeling Analysis Prehosp Disaster Med. 2018 Aug; 33(4):349-354. . View in PubMed
  • Novel Transfer of Care Sign-out Assessment Tool in a Pediatric Emergency Department Acad Pediatr. 2018 Jan – Feb; 18(1):86-93. . View in PubMed
  • Caregiver Expectations and Satisfaction of Urgent Care in a Pediatric Emergency Department J Ambul Care Manage. 2017 Jul/Sep; 40(3):214-219. . View in PubMed
  • Mental Health Screening Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the Emergency Department Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Jan; 33(1):5-9. . View in PubMed
  • Bacteremia in nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters in the ED Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Jan; 35(1):20-24. . View in PubMed
  • March of the Living, a Holocaust Educational Tour: An Assessment of Anxiety and Depression J Relig Health. 2016 Jun; 55(3):1000-1009. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reducing anxiety in the pediatric emergency department: a comparative trial J Emerg Med. 2014 Dec; 47(6):623-31. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric advance directives: parents’ knowledge, experience, and preferences Pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 134(2):e436-43. . View in PubMed
  • Traditional nurse triage vs physician telepresence in a pediatric ED Am J Emerg Med. 2014 Apr; 32(4):325-9. . View in PubMed
  • Competency-based pediatric disaster training Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(1):5-16. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Going viral: adapting to pediatric surge during the H1N1 pandemic Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Nov; 29(11):1159-65. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Occult psychosocial impairment in a pediatric emergency department population Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Dec; 28(12):1334-7. . View in PubMed
  • Dehydration treatment practices among pediatrics-trained and non-pediatrics trained emergency physicians Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):322-8. . View in PubMed
  • An upsurge in pertussis: epidemiology and trends Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Mar; 28(3):215-9. . View in PubMed
  • Using robotic telecommunications to triage pediatric disaster victims J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jan; 47(1):221-4. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Intravenous rehydration in paediatric gastroenteritis BMJ. 2011 Nov 17; 343:d7083. . View in PubMed
  • Holocaust student tour: the impact on spirituality and health Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2011; 48(3):186-94. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Diagnosing pediatric appendicitis: usefulness of laboratory markers Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Nov; 28(9):1009-15. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric traumatic brain injury: the utility of beta-natriuretic peptide J Trauma. 2010 Jun; 68(6):1401-5. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pediatric myocarditis: presenting clinical characteristics Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Oct; 27(8):942-7. . View in PubMed
  • Emergency department surge: models and practical implications J Trauma. 2009 Aug; 67(2 Suppl):S96-9. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric disaster preparedness in the medical setting: integrating mental health Am J Disaster Med. 2009 May-Jun; 4(3):137-46. . View in PubMed
  • 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
  • Pediatric fingertip injuries: do prophylactic antibiotics alter infection rates? Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Mar; 24(3):148-52.. View in PubMed
  • Disaster management among pediatric surgeons: preparedness, training and involvement Am J Disaster Med. 2008 Jan-Feb; 3(1):5-14. . View in PubMed
  • Urine specific gravity and other urinary indices: inaccurate tests for dehydration Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 May; 23(5):298-303. . View in PubMed
  • Poststabilization care for pediatric fractures: a follow-up survey Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Aug; 22(8):562-5. . View in PubMed
  • Neighborhood socioeconomic environment and risk of postpartum psychosis Arch Womens Ment Health. 2006 Mar; 9(2):81-6. . View in PubMed
  • The utility of safety counseling in a pediatric emergency department Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):e423-7. . View in PubMed
  • Jaundice as an early diagnostic sign of urinary tract infection in infancy Pediatrics. 2002 May; 109(5):846-51. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of nasogastric and intravenous methods of rehydration in pediatric patients with acute dehydration Pediatrics. 2002 Apr; 109(4):566-72. . View in PubMed
  • Controlled trial of oral prednisone in the emergency department treatment of children with acute asthma Pediatrics. 1993 Oct; 92(4):513-8. . View in PubMed