Thomas A. Nakagawa, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, is a board certified pediatric critical care specialist. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Florida College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nakagawa serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Nakagawa also serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Carolina Donor Services in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Nakagawa is actively involved with issues pertaining to end-of-life care, organ and tissue donation, neurologic and circulatory determination of death, and ethical issues. Dr. Nakagawa has served on numerous national and international organ donation and transplantation committees, and expert panels. He is a consultant to medical groups and societies for issues pertaining to pediatric organ and tissue donation and determination of circulatory and neurologic death. His leadership roles include involvement with regional advisory boards and national medical societies serving as the Pediatric Representative on the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council, and as a member on the Board of Directors for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance as the representative for SCCM.
Dr. Nakagawa has authored numerous articles and book chapters including pediatric donor management and dosing guidelines utilized by organ procurement organizations nationally. He is the lead author of the updated guidelines for the determination of brain death in infants and children from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Child Neurology Society.