JoAnne Natale, M.D., Ph.D.

JoAnne E. Natale, M.D., Ph.D.


Pediatric Critical Care




  • Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Pediatrics
  • Professor


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UC Davis Children's Hospital

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-7840
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)



Philosophy of Care

Together with their family, our team compassionately provides outstanding care to assure the best possible future for each critically ill child.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include healthcare quality, patient safety, and effective and compassionate communication in pediatrics.

Research/Academic Interests

My research and academic interests include pediatric traumatic brain injury, standardizing pediatric inpatient care to optimize safety and quality, and enhancing pediatric outcomes through efficient, effective and high-value care.


Pediatric Critical Care

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 1993

Ph.D., Physiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI 1988

B.S., Allentown College, Center Valley PA 1984

Internship: Pediatrics, Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY 1993-1994


Pediatrics, Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY 1994-1996


Pediatric Critical Care, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD 1996-1999

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics,

American Board of Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine, 2007

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

National Neurotrauma Society

Neurocritical Care Society

Society for Pediatric Research, Elected member

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Western Society for Pediatric Research

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Medical Center Medical Staff Officer, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Society for Critical Care Medicine 2017 Star Research Achievement Award,

UC Davis Medical Center Chief of Staff Award, 2015

UC Davis Health System Employee Excellence Award, 2015

Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, 2012

Fellow, University of California Office of the President Center for Healthcare Quality and Innovation, 2012, 2013, 2014

Ambassador of Diversity, UC Davis Health System, 2008

UC Davis Medical Center Medical Staff Officer, 2016-2022,

Select Recent Publications

McBeth CL, Montes RS, Powne A, North SE, Natale JE. Interprofessional Approach to the Sustained Reduction in Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Crit Care Nurse. 2018;38(6):36-45.

Odalele C, Slee C, Natale J, Nunez-Smith, M. Examination of Patient Experience and Risk for 30-day Readmission. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2018;33:19S-20S.

Natale JE, Lebet R, Joseph JG, Ulysse C, Ascenzi J, Wypij D, Curley MAQ; Randomized Evaluation of Sedation Titration for Respiratory Failure (RESTORE) Study Investigators. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Parental Refusal of Consent in a Large, Multisite Pediatric Critical Care Clinical Trial. J Pediatr. 2017;184:204-208.

Huang Y, Natale JE, Kissee JL, Dayal P, Rosenthal JL, Marcin JP. The Association between Insurance and Transfer of Non-Injured Children from Emergency Departments. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;69(1):108-116.

Huang Y, Natale JE, Kissee JL, Dayal P, Rosenthal JL, Marcin JP. The Association between Insurance and Transfer of Non-Injured Children from Emergency Departments. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;23(5):584-90.

Dayal P, Hojman NM, Kissee JL, Evans J, Natale JE, Huang Y, Litman R, Nesbitt TS, Marcin. Impact of Telemedicine on Severity of Illness and Outcomes among Children Transferred from Referring Emergency Departments to a Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Pediatric Crit Care Medicine. 2016;17(6):516-21.

Natale J, Joseph J, Rogers, Tunik M, Monroe D, Kerrey B, Bonsu B, Cook LJ, Page K, Adelgais K, Quayle K, Kuppermann N, Holmes JE. Association of patient race/ethnicity with physician use of computed tomography among children with blunt torso trauma. Acad Emerg Med. 2016;23(5):584-90.

Broomall E, Natale J, Grimason M, Goldstein J, Smith CM, Chang C, Kanes S, Rogawski MA, Wainwright MS. Pediatric super-refractory status epilepticus treated with allopregnanolone. Annals of Neurology. 2014 October.

Natale J, Joseph J, Rogers A, Mahajan P, Cooper A, Wisner D, Miskin M, Hoyle J, Atabaki S, Dayan P, Holmes J, Kuppermann N. Cranial CT use for minor head trauma in children is associated with race/ethnicity. Arch Child Adolescent Med. 2012;166(8):732-777.

Shaikh, U, Natale J, Nettiksimmons J, Li ST. Improving pediatric healthcare delivery by engaging residents in team-based quality improvement projects. Amer J Med Quality.  2012;28(2):120-126.