Dr. Nakagawa is chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, director of the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and medical director of respiratory care at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. He joined the hospital staff in 2016. He also is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Nakagawa was a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics and section head for pediatric critical care medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as medical director of pediatric critical care medicine and director of respiratory care at Brenner Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Dr. Nakagawa is recognized as a national and international leader in organ donation and transplantation. He has worked with policy and guideline development and served as national faculty for the Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation Collaborative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources Services Administration. In 2011 and 2013, he chaired the National Pediatric Organ Donation Summits sponsored by HHS.
In addition to multiple aspects of pediatric organ donation and transplantation, his research interests include improving end-of-life care and abusive head trauma/traumatic brain injury and child maltreatment syndrome.
Dr. Nakagawa earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Sciences Center. He trained in pediatrics as a resident and chief resident at Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He also completed an executive certificate course in health care leadership and management in the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.