Lara Nelson, MD

Interim Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Clinician Educator), Keck School of Medicine of USC

Lara P. Nelson, MD, is the Interim Chief of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Nelson spends her clinical time at Children's Hospital Los Angeles attending in the cardiothoracic and pediatric intensive care units.

She is also the medical director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program. A program designed to support children with life-threatening respiratory and/or cardiac illness while they recover. Additionally, she is trying to improve care for children and their parents facing pediatric critical illness with her research into the stress response, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), of these families.


Medical School

Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Rhode Island Hospital - Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry (Combined Residency)


University of Minnesota - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine



Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics


Are we correctly diagnosing adrenal insufficiency or are we just spitting into the wind? Nelson LP, Markovitz BP. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2015 May;16(4):385-6. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000000388. No abstract available.

Palliative care in a neonatal intensive care unit. Gold JI, Nelson LP. Journal of Critical Care. 2012 Feb;27(1):95-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2011.06.005. Epub 2011 Jul 27. No abstract available.

Posttraumatic stress disorder in children and their parents following admission to the pediatric intensive care unit: a review. Nelson LP, Gold JI. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 May;13(3):338-47. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0b013e3182196a8f. Review.

The use of hormonal therapy in pediatric heart disease. Nathan BM, Sockalosky J, Nelson L, Lai S, Sergi C, Petryk A. Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2009 Jun 1;1:358-75. Review.

Maternal phobic anxiety and child anxiety. Bernstein GA, Layne AE, Egan EA, Nelson LP. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2005;19(6):658-72.


Stress response of children and parents after pediatric critical illness, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)