Thomas (Tom) Nakagawa, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in April 2016 as chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is also a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine PAR (pending academic review). 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. He was also the lead author for the 2011 multi-society (Society of Critical Care Medicine [SCCM], American Academy of Pediatrics and Child Neurology Society) Revised Guidelines for the Determination of Brain Death in Infants in Children.
Dr. Nakagawa serves on the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) and chaired the brain death determination committee in 2013, which made a formal recommendation to standardize brain death testing for children and adults. He is also a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Pediatric Transplant Committee. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine, the United Network of Organ Sharing, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, LifeNet, the Musculoskeletal Tissue Foundation and National Kidney Foundation.
In 2014 he co-chaired the Donor Recognition and Donation Policy international working group of the Transplantation Society’s International Steering Committee for Pediatric Organ Donation. He is a subcommittee chair for the 2016 Transplantation Society World Transplant Congress. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee for the Pediatric Section of SCCM.
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 was Brenner Children’s senior investigator for the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Network multi-institutional study evaluating outcomes of children who have sustained traumatic brain injury. Previous research has included inhaled nitric oxide as a selective pulmonary vasodilator and treatment of systemic hypertension with calcium channel blockers.
Before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2002, Dr. Nakagawa was division director for pediatric critical care medicine and medical director of pediatric transport medicine at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed a pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after serving as a pediatric resident/chief resident at Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Maricopa Medical Center. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
Dr. Nakagawa is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.