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Kevin E. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • English

Clinical Details

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(801) 662-3645 Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Bio

Kevin E. Nelson M.D., Ph.D., M.S.C.I. is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital and Primary Children’s at Riverton Hospital whose current research and policy interests include secondhand smoke exposure related child health outcomes and improving smoking treatment for children with asthma and respiratory illness. He spearheads the Smoking & Tobacco Outreach to Parents (STOP) Quality Improvement Initiative at Primary Children’s that has led to significant improvement in tobacco cessation treatment offered to parents. He is also a Fellow of the Intsitute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare. During his residency training at the University of Utah, he founded Pediatricians Against Secondhand Smoke (PASS), a group that has successfully worked to improve tobacco policy in Utah and that has educated over 200 child healthcare providers in Utah on tobacco treatment best practices. Dr. Nelson has received the Anne E. Dyson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rising Star in Public Health award from the Utah Public Health Association, and the Excellence in Community Outreach award from the Utah Department of Health for his tobacco prevention work locally and nationally.

Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his M.D., Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign. During his residency training as President of PASS, his tobacco control research and advocacy work led to funding to make the research and advocacy efforts of PASS sustainable. He has been the Principle Investigator on grants from the AAP, American Medical Association, and Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

During his final year of residency, he was invited to serve as a Faculty Expert for the American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center of Excellence, national organization with the mission of preventing tobacco use and exposure among children. Dr. Nelson also founded and serves as Chair of the Utah Tobacco Prevention Task Force. He is a facilitator for the Utah Medical Association Straight Talk Program on tobacco and drug use and has also served as Chair of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Utah and as a member of the Fourth Street Homeless Clinic Board of Directors.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Inpatient Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics)

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Pediatrics - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Pediatric Inpatient Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 662-3645 Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Academic Bio

Kevin E. Nelson M.D., Ph.D., M.S.C.I. is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital and Primary Children’s at Riverton Hospital whose current research and policy interests include secondhand smoke exposure related child health outcomes and improving smoking treatment for children with asthma and respiratory illness. Dr. Nelson’s research has demonstrated the persistent evidence practice gap in national physician smoking cessation practice patterns. He is currently funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation to investigate the health care utilization and costs of tobacco smoke exposure on child asthma. He also spearheads the STOP Tobacco Use Initiative at Primary Children’s that has led to significant improvement in tobacco cessation treatment offered to parents. As a resident, he founded Pediatricians Against Secondhand Smoke (PASS), a group that has successfully worked to improve tobacco policy in Utah and that has educated over 200 child healthcare providers in Utah on tobacco treatment best practices.

During his Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship at the University of Utah, he founded and Chaired the Utah Tobacco Prevention Task Force and is immediate past chair of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Utah. Under Dr. Nelson’s leadership, the Tobacco Prevention Task Force has partnered with Utah’s major health plans to provide expert advice on employee tobacco cessation and tobacco free worksite policies to over 100 Utah employers and hold the first annual Workforce Summit on Tobacco Free Worksite Policy. His tobacco policy efforts have led to successful passage of legislation that added electronic cigarettes and hookah to the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act in 2012 and that prohibit smoking in a car when a child is present in 2013. He also helped implement the tobacco free campus at Primary Children’s in 2012.

Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his M.D., Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign. He completed quality improvement training and is a current Fellow at the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research and a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at the University of Utah, School of Medicine in 2012. During his residency training as President of PASS, his tobacco control research and advocacy work led to funding to make the research and advocacy efforts of PASS sustainable. He is currently funded by the AAP, Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, and Utah Department of Health.

Dr. Nelson has received the Anne E. Dyson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rising Star in Public Health award from the Utah Public Health Association, and the Excellence in Community Outreach award from the Utah Department of Health for his tobacco prevention work locally and nationally. During his final year of residency, he was invited to serve as a Faculty Expert for the American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center of Excellence, national organization with the mission of preventing tobacco use and exposure among children. He has given frequent local media interviews and was recently featured on the Doug Wright Show discussing national tobacco prevention guidelines and the lack of evidence for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation. His most enjoyable outreach activities continue to be discussing tobacco and substance abuse prevention with Utah’s elementary and middle school children through the Utah Medical Association’s Straight Talk Program.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Certification Institute of Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare
Advanced Training Program
Certificate
Fellowship University of Utah
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Fellow
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Investigation
M.S.C.I
Residency University of Utah
Pediatrics
Resident
Internship University of Utah
Pediatrics
Intern
Professional Medical University of Illinois Chicago-College of Medicine
Biochemistry
M.D., Ph.D.
Undergraduate University of California, San Diego
Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S.
Fellowship Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare
Fellow

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