Alan Leonard Nager, MD

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressCHL Mail Stop 113
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Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 361 4124
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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.

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    1. A Mixed Methods Needs Assessment for a Debriefing Intervention Following Critical Cases. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Jan-Feb; 23(1):85-92. Jiffry AJ, Cho CS, Schmidt AR, Pham PK, Nager AL. PMID: 35605897.
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    2. Teaching Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to Caregivers in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Dec 01; 37(12):e1204-e1208. Song JL, Chang TP, Schmidt AR, Stavroudis TA, Pham PK, Nager AL. PMID: 31913250.
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    3. 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. Yau JJ, Nager AL. PMID: 34315406; PMCID: PMC8314256.
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    4. The World Could Be. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 02 01; 37(2):131. Nager AL. PMID: 33298823; PMCID: PMC7850588.
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    5. 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. Stein Duker LI, Schmidt AR, Pham PK, Ringold SM, Nager AL. PMID: 33585358; PMCID: PMC7874121.
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    6. Factors influencing termination of resuscitation in children: a qualitative analysis. Int J Emerg Med. 2020 Mar 14; 13(1):12. Campwala RT, Schmidt AR, Chang TP, Nager AL. PMID: 32171233; PMCID: PMC7071657.
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    7. Barriers to Effective Teamwork Relating to Pediatric Resuscitations: Perceptions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Staff. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Mar; 36(3):e146-e150. Sherman JM, Chang TP, Ziv N, Nager AL. PMID: 29016516.
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    8. 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. Pham PK, Behar SM, Berg BM, Upperman JS, Nager AL. PMID: 30129912.
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    9. Novel Transfer of Care Sign-out Assessment Tool in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Jan - Feb; 18(1):86-93. Festekjian A, Mody AP, Chang TP, Ziv N, Nager AL. PMID: 28843485.
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    10. Caregiver Expectations and Satisfaction of Urgent Care in a Pediatric Emergency Department. J Ambul Care Manage. 2017 Jul/Sep; 40(3):214-219. Marconi GP, Pham PK, Nager AL. PMID: 27893516.
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    11. Mental Health Screening Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Jan; 33(1):5-9. Nager AL, Pham PK, Grajower DN, Gold JI. PMID: 26414635.
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    12. Bacteremia in nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Jan; 35(1):20-24. Moskalewicz RL, Isenalumhe LL, Luu C, Wee CP, Nager AL. PMID: 27765482.
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    13. March of the Living, a Holocaust Educational Tour: An Assessment of Anxiety and Depression. J Relig Health. 2016 Jun; 55(3):1000-1009. Nager AL, Pham P, Grajower SN, Gold JI. PMID: 26525210.
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    14. An Analysis of Intravenous Catheter Placement Among Patients in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 Mar; 32(3):142-8. Pade KH, Johnson L, Nager AL. PMID: 26930178.
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    15. 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. Nager AL, Kobylecka M, Pham PK, Johnson L, Gold JI. PMID: 25875844.
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    16. Reducing anxiety in the pediatric emergency department: a comparative trial. J Emerg Med. 2014 Dec; 47(6):623-31. Heilbrunn BR, Wittern RE, Lee JB, Pham PK, Hamilton AH, Nager AL. PMID: 25271180; PMCID: PMC4250442.
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    17. Pediatric advance directives: parents' knowledge, experience, and preferences. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 134(2):e436-43. Liberman DB, Pham PK, Nager AL. PMID: 25002672.
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    18. Competency-based pediatric disaster training. Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(1):5-16. Behar S, Burke R, Upperman J, Nager AL. PMID: 24715640.
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    19. Traditional nurse triage vs physician telepresence in a pediatric ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2014 Apr; 32(4):325-9. Marconi GP, Chang T, Pham PK, Grajower DN, Nager AL. PMID: 24445223; PMCID: PMC3972345.
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    20. March of the living, a holocaust educational tour: effect on adolescent Jewish identity. J Relig Health. 2013 Dec; 52(4):1402-14. Nager AL, Pham P, Gold JI. PMID: 23801019.
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    21. Going viral: adapting to pediatric surge during the H1N1 pandemic. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2013 Nov; 29(11):1159-65. Chung S, Fagbuyi D, Lozon MM, Johnson T, Nager AL, Cicero MX, Dahl-Grove D, Costello BE, Krug SE. PMID: 24168878.
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    22. Use of an emergency medical pictorial communication book during simulated disaster conditions. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Oct; 7(5):475-80. Behar S, Benson Ii R, Kurzweil A, Azen C, Nager AL. PMID: 24274127.
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    23. Occult psychosocial impairment in a pediatric emergency department population. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Dec; 28(12):1334-7. Claudius I, Mahrer N, Nager AL, Gold JI. PMID: 23187992.
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    24. Dehydration treatment practices among pediatrics-trained and non-pediatrics trained emergency physicians. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Apr; 28(4):322-8. Nunez J, Liu DR, Nager AL. PMID: 22453724.
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    25. An upsurge in pertussis: epidemiology and trends. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Mar; 28(3):215-9. Marconi GP, Ross LA, Nager AL. PMID: 22344207.
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    26. Using robotic telecommunications to triage pediatric disaster victims. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jan; 47(1):221-4. Burke RV, Berg BM, Vee P, Morton I, Nager A, Neches R, Wetzel R, Upperman JS. PMID: 22244422.
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    27. Intravenous rehydration in paediatric gastroenteritis. BMJ. 2011 Nov 17; 343:d7083. Nager AL. PMID: 22094317.
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    28. Delayed diagnosis of injuries in pediatric trauma: the role of radiographic ordering practices. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 30(1):115-23. Willner EL, Jackson HA, Nager AL. PMID: 21296520.
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    29. Holocaust student tour: the impact on spirituality and health. Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2011; 48(3):186-94. Nager AL, Nager SM, Lalani PG, Gold JI. PMID: 22141143.
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    30. State trait anxiety in the emergency department: an analysis of anticipatory and life stressors. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Dec; 26(12):897-901. Nager AL, Mahrer NE, Gold JI. PMID: 21131802.
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    31. Pediatric traumatic brain injury: the utility of beta-natriuretic peptide. J Trauma. 2010 Jun; 68(6):1401-5. Chang TP, Nager AL. PMID: 20068481.
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    32. Teaching residents established guidelines and standards of care to strengthen their cost-containment practices. Manag Care. 2010 May; 19(5):46-51. Marconi GP, Nager AL. PMID: 20524368.
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    33. Diagnosing pediatric appendicitis: usefulness of laboratory markers. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Nov; 28(9):1009-15. Kwan KY, Nager AL. PMID: 20825931.
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    34. Comparison of ultrarapid and rapid intravenous hydration in pediatric patients with dehydration. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Feb; 28(2):123-9. Nager AL, Wang VJ. PMID: 20159379.
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    35. Pediatric myocarditis: presenting clinical characteristics. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 Oct; 27(8):942-7. Durani Y, Egan M, Baffa J, Selbst SM, Nager AL. PMID: 19857412.
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    36. Emergency department surge: models and practical implications. J Trauma. 2009 Aug; 67(2 Suppl):S96-9. Nager AL, Khanna K. PMID: 19667863.
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    37. Pediatric disaster preparedness in the medical setting: integrating mental health. Am J Disaster Med. 2009 May-Jun; 4(3):137-46. Gold JI, Montano Z, Shields S, Mahrer NE, Vibhakar V, Ybarra T, Yee N, Upperman J, Blake N, Stevenson K, Nager AL. PMID: 19739456.
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    38. Training medical staff for pediatric disaster victims: a comparison of different teaching methods. Am J Disaster Med. 2008 Jul-Aug; 3(4):189-99. Behar S, Upperman JS, Ramirez M, Dorey F, Nager A. PMID: 18822838.
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    39. Pediatric fingertip injuries: do prophylactic antibiotics alter infection rates? Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Mar; 24(3):148-52. Altergott C, Garcia FJ, Nager AL. PMID: 18347491.
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    40. Disaster management among pediatric surgeons: preparedness, training and involvement. Am J Disaster Med. 2008 Jan-Feb; 3(1):5-14. Chokshi NK, Behar S, Nager AL, Dorey F, Upperman JS. PMID: 18450274.
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    41. Urine specific gravity and other urinary indices: inaccurate tests for dehydration. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 May; 23(5):298-303. Steiner MJ, Nager AL, Wang VJ. PMID: 17505271.
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    42. Poststabilization care for pediatric fractures: a follow-up survey. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Aug; 22(8):562-5. Claudius I, Skaggs D, Nager A. PMID: 16912623.
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    43. Neighborhood socioeconomic environment and risk of postpartum psychosis. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2006 Mar; 9(2):81-6. Nager A, Johansson LM, Sundquist K. PMID: 16172834.
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    44. The utility of safety counseling in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):e423-7. Claudius IA, Nager AL. PMID: 15805344.
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    45. Jaundice as an early diagnostic sign of urinary tract infection in infancy. Pediatrics. 2002 May; 109(5):846-51. Garcia FJ, Nager AL. PMID: 11986445.
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    46. Comparison of nasogastric and intravenous methods of rehydration in pediatric patients with acute dehydration. Pediatrics. 2002 Apr; 109(4):566-72. Nager AL, Wang VJ. PMID: 11927697.
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    47. Controlled trial of oral prednisone in the emergency department treatment of children with acute asthma. Pediatrics. 1993 Oct; 92(4):513-8. Scarfone RJ, Fuchs SM, Nager AL, Shane SA. PMID: 8414819.
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