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Douglas S. Nelson, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 662-1200 Primary Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Bio

Dr. Nelson attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, then received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and is fluent in medical Spanish. He is on the medical staffs of Primary Children’s Medical Center, and the University of Utah Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson has been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine for 19 years. He is a Professor of Pediatrics, and is a member of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He has served as the associate division chief, fellowship director, schedule coordinator, and currently, as Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Primary Children’s Medical Center.

As the Medical Director of the only pediatric emergency department (ED) in the Intermountain West, Dr. Nelson’s responsibilities include the overseeing the medical care provided to the over 40,000 ill or injured children seen in the ED annually. His administrative initiatives include creating more flexible staffing to better meet the challenge of highly variable patient volumes, and instituting a team-based approach to seeing patients, to minimize the number of times a patient history must be provided, and decrease communication missteps.

Dr. Nelson also currently serves as the chair of the Hospitals‘ Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and is a member of the Intermountain Emergency Medicine Development Team. Dr. Nelson is also involved in the development of new information systems for use within the Intermountain health care network, and sits on Intermountain Health Care’s Medical Information committee. He has conducted numerous Quality Improvement studies within Primary Children’s Medical Center, and is a member of the hospital’s Family Advisory Council.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics)
American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics)
American Board of Pediatrics (Sub: Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 587-7450 Williams Building
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Nelson attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, then received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Nelson’s other certifications include Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He has served as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Nelson has been invited to lecture at local, regional, national, and international medical meetings. Topics of these talks have included pediatric procedural sedation, pediatric orthopedic emergencies, pediatric psychiatric emergencies, pediatric septic shock, pediatric poisonings, and prevention and treatment of sleep deprivation among medical personnel.

Dr. Nelson has served as an author on over 20 peer-reviewed research articles, which focus on the use of a pediatric observation unit, pediatric sedation, influenza, and appendicitis. He has written numerous chapters in standard medical textbooks, on topics including pediatric seizures, pediatric sedation, and altered mental status/coma.

Dr. Nelson is the site principal investigator at the University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center for PECARN, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. In this role he oversees a research staff of 5, and mentors other investigators in the conduct of PECARN studies at the University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Harvard Medical School - Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellow
Residency St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Pediatrics
Resident
Professional Medical Yale University School of Medicine
M.D.
Undergraduate Williams College
Chemistry
B.A.

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