Natasha Nakra, M.D., M.S.

Natasha A. Nakra, M.D., M.S.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases


  • Associate Professor


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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Fax: 916-734-0629
Clinic Phone: 800-770-6831
Clinic Referral Phone: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy is to work with patients and families to develop a solution that is individualized and works for their family structure. Open communication with families is essential to provide the best care for their children.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Nakra specializes in the care of infants and children with infectious diseases, including complicated lung infections, bone and joint infections, meningitis, and other diseases. She has experience caring for children with impaired immune defenses, including oncology patients and children with immune de?ciencies.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Nakra's research focuses on antimicrobial stewardship, which is the judicious prescribing of antibiotics to prevent the development of antibiotic resistance.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Allergy

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Northwestern University, Chicago IL 2005

M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY 2015

B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 2001

Internship: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2005-2006


Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago IL 2006-2008


Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx NY 2010-2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics,

American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Select Recent Publications

Nakra NA, Blumberg DA, Herrera-Guerra A, Lakshminrusimha S. Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Following SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Review of Clinical Presentation, Hypothetical Pathogenesis, and Proposed Management. Children (Basel). 2020;7(7):69. Published 2020 Jul 1. doi:10.3390/children7070069.

Nakra NA, Awasthi S, Lakshminrusimha S, Kalra V. Visual Diagnosis: An extremely preterm neonate with gray plaques on the back. Neoreviews. May 2019;20(5);e302-305.

Yetzke M, Heyes R, Nakra N, Merea V, Clary M, Lott D, Bryosn, P, Verma SP. Are Perioperative Antibiotics Necessary During Direct Microlaryngoscopy? Laryngoscope. Dec 2018;128(12):2838-2843.

Li ST, Nakra NA. Case 3: Fever, Headache, and Neck Pain and Stiffness in a 15-Year Old Boy. Pediatr Rev. 2016 Nov;37(11):498-500.

Nakra NA, Madan RP, Buckley N, Huber AM, Freiermuth JL, Espinoza L, Walsh J, Parikh UM, Penrose KJ, Keller MJ, Herold BC. Loss of Innate Host Defense Following Unprotected Vaginal Sex. J Infect Dis. 2016 Mar;213(5):840-7.

Agarwal N, Buckley N, Nakra N, Gialanella P, Yuan W, Ghartey JP. Activity of Genital Tract Secretions and Synthetic Antimicrobial Peptides against Group B Streptococcus. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2015 Dec;74(6):499-507.

Mascola L, Terashita D, Verma N, Zheng X, Shulman ST, et al. Increased Detections and Severe Neonatal Disease Associated with Coxsackievirus B1 Infection...United States, 2007. MMWR-Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008 May;57(20): 553-6.

Verma NA, Lee AC, Herold BC, Keller MJ. Topical prophylaxis for HIV prevention in women: becoming a reality. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2011 June;8(2):104-13.

Verma NA, Zheng XT, Harris MU, Cadichon SB, Melin-Aldana H, Khetsuriani N, Oberste MS, Shulman ST. Outbreak of life-threatening coxsackievirus B1 myocarditis in neonates. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Sep;49(5):759-63.

Wikswo ME, Khetsuriani N, Fowlkes AL, Zheng X, Penaranda S, Verma N, Shulman ST, Sircar K, Robinson CC, Schmidt T, Schnurr D, Oberste MS. Increased activity of Coxsackievirus B1 strains associated with sever disease among young infants in the United States, 2007-2008. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Sep;49(5):e44-51.

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