|Phone Number||Clinical Office Address|
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
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)