Medical School

  • Washington University School of Medicine , 1999 , St. Louis , MO


  • Vanderbilt Children's Hospital , 2000 , Nashville , TN


  • Vanderbilt Children's Hospital , 2002 , Nashville , TN


Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University , 2006 , Stanford , CA


Pediatric Health Services Research
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2009 , Boston , MA


Center for Child Health Care Studies, Department of Population Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School , 2009 , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

  • Harvard School of Public Health , 2008 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Infections affect all of us over the course of our lives. Staying a step ahead of potentially harmful microorganisms is a constant and ever-evolving challenge. As a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, I love teaching patients and families about how we interact with microbes and how to avoid infections. When infectious diseases do occur, I work with patients and families to overcome them so they can get back to their usual activities and passions. I can think of no job more fascinating, rewarding, and meaningful.


Dr. Nakamura received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She then pursued fellowship training in pediatric health services research at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, during which she received her Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the Infectious Diseases faculty in 2009.

Dr. Nakamura serves as an expert in the diagnosis and management of childhood infections. As Director of Quality Improvement for the Division of Infectious Diseases, she strives to optimize care by studying and improving the safe and judicious use of antimicrobials and the use of information technology at children’s hospitals. She is also deeply interested in medical education and serves as Associate Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases


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  1. Nakamura MM, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Petty CR, Lin C, Savova GK, Rose S, Brittan MS, Lin JL, Bryant MC, Ashrafzadeh S, Schuster MA. Potential Impact of Initial Clinical Data on Adjustment of Pediatric Readmission Rates. Acad Pediatr. 2019 07; 19(5):589-598. View abstract
  2. Dixit A, Karandikar MV, Jones S, Nakamura MM. Safety and Tolerability of Moxifloxacin in Children. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 Aug 17; 7(3):e92-e101. View abstract
  3. Fernandes P, Milliren C, Mahoney-West HM, Schwartz L, Lachenauer CS, Nakamura MM. Safety of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy in Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2018 02; 37(2):157-163. View abstract
  4. Feng JY, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Nakamura MM, Schuster MA. Readmission After Pediatric Mental Health Admissions. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec; 140(6). View abstract
  5. Nakamura MM, Zaslavsky AM, Toomey SL, Petty CR, Bryant MC, Geanacopoulos AT, Jha AK, Schuster MA. Pediatric Readmissions After Hospitalizations for Lower Respiratory Infections. Pediatrics. 2017 Aug; 140(2). View abstract
  6. Khan A, Nakamura MM, Zaslavsky AM, Jang J, Berry JG, Feng JY, Schuster MA. Same-Hospital Readmission Rates as a Measure of Pediatric Quality of Care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Oct; 169(10):905-12. View abstract
  7. Teufel RJ, Yu FB, Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Menachemi N. Factors associated with meaningful use incentives in children's hospitals. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun; 135(6):e1409-16. View abstract
  8. Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Castro AV, Yu FB, Jha AK. Impact of the meaningful use incentive program on electronic health record adoption by US children's hospitals. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Mar; 22(2):390-8. View abstract
  9. Nakamura MM, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Berry JG, Lorch SA, Jha AK, Bryant MC, Geanacopoulos AT, Loren SS, Pain D, Schuster MA. Measuring pediatric hospital readmission rates to drive quality improvement. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5 Suppl):S39-46. View abstract
  10. Gidengil C, Mangione-Smith R, Bailey LC, Cawthon ML, McGlynn EA, Nakamura MM, Schiff J, Schuster MA, Schneider EC. Using Medicaid and CHIP claims data to support pediatric quality measurement: lessons from 3 centers of excellence in measure development. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5 Suppl):S76-81. View abstract
  11. Zenlea IS, Billett A, Hazen M, Herrick DB, Nakamura MM, Jenkins KJ, Woolf AD, Kesselheim JC. Trainee and program director perceptions of quality improvement and patient safety education: preparing for the next accreditation system. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Nov; 53(13):1248-54. View abstract
  12. Nakamura MM, Harper MB, Jha AK. Change in adoption of electronic health records by US children's hospitals. Pediatrics. 2013 May; 131(5):e1563-75. View abstract
  13. Berry JG, Toomey SL, Zaslavsky AM, Jha AK, Nakamura MM, Klein DJ, Feng JY, Shulman S, Chiang VW, Chiang VK, Kaplan W, Hall M, Schuster MA. Pediatric readmission prevalence and variability across hospitals. JAMA. 2013 Jan 23; 309(4):372-80. View abstract
  14. Nakamura MM, Tasslimi A, Lieu TA, Levine O, Knoll MD, Russell LB, Sinha A. Cost effectiveness of child pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in middle-income countries. Int Health. 2011 Dec; 3(4):270-81. View abstract
  15. Tasslimi A, Nakamura MM, Levine O, Knoll MD, Russell LB, Sinha A. Cost effectiveness of child pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in GAVI-eligible countries. Int Health. 2011 Dec; 3(4):259-69. View abstract
  16. Nakamura MM, Ferris TG, DesRoches CM, Jha AK. Electronic health record adoption by children's hospitals in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Dec; 164(12):1145-51. View abstract
  17. Nakamura MM, McAdam AJ, Sandora TJ, Moreira KR, Lee GM. Higher prevalence of pharyngeal than nasal Staphylococcus aureus carriage in pediatric intensive care units. J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Aug; 48(8):2957-9. View abstract
  18. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov; 122(5):920-8. View abstract
  19. Nakamura M, McAdam A, Sandora T, Lee G. Pharyngeal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in pediatric intensive care units. Poster presentation at the Children's Hospital Boston Infectious Diseases Division Research Retreat,. 2008. View abstract
  20. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels R, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-oriented architecture for pediatric immunization decision support. Poster presentation at the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Meeting,. 2007. View abstract
  21. Nakamura MM, Simons WW, Samuels R, Daniel J, Mandl KD. Service-oriented architecture for pediatric immunization decision support. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 1056. View abstract
  22. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Poster presentation at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting,. 2007. View abstract
  23. Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Podium presentation at the Annual NRSA Research Trainees Conference,. 2007. View abstract
  24. Nakamura MM, Liew SY, Cummings CA, Brinig MM, Dieterich C, Relman DA. Growth phase- and nutrient limitation-associated transcript abundance regulation in Bordetella pertussis. Infect Immun. 2006 Oct; 74(10):5537-48. View abstract
  25. Carninci P, Waki K, Shiraki T, Konno H, Shibata K, Itoh M, Aizawa K, Arakawa T, Ishii Y, Sasaki D, Bono H, Kondo S, Sugahara Y, Saito R, Osato N, Fukuda S, Sato K, Watahiki A, Hirozane-Kishikawa T, Nakamura M, Shibata Y, Yasunishi A, Kikuchi N, Yoshiki A, Kusakabe M, Gustincich S, Beisel K, Pavan W, Aidinis V, Nakagawara A, Held WA, Iwata H, Kono T, Nakauchi H, Lyons P, Wells C, Hume DA, Fagiolini M, Hensch TK, Brinkmeier M, Camper S, Hirota J, Mombaerts P, Muramatsu M, Okazaki Y, Kawai J, Hayashizaki Y. Targeting a complex transcriptome: the construction of the mouse full-length cDNA encyclopedia. Genome Res. 2003 Jun; 13(6B):1273-89. View abstract
  26. Nakamura MM, Rohling KL, Shashaty M, Lu H, Tang YW, Edwards KM. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage in the community pediatric population. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Oct; 21(10):917-22. View abstract