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W. Britt Nelson M.D.

Medical Director of Cook Children’s Physician Network


Britt Nelson, M.D., is a west Texas boy who aimed at becoming a psychiatrist by studying psychology at Baylor University. His medical education began at UTMB in Galveston where he discovered that very sick children seemed to cross his path frequently, so a switch in plans ensued. The fascination with acute medical care and high human drama drew him into pediatric critical care. After a pediatric residency in Oklahoma City, he did a critical care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His first “real” job was as a faculty member at the Eastern Virginia Medical School teaching and providing critical care to children. In 1990 Britt accepted the Pediatric Critical Care Medical Director position at Cook Children's Medical Center. Leadership positions seemed to find Britt as he served in many Medical Staff positions during the 19 years as Medical Director. From 1996 until 2009 he served on the CCPN Board of Directors, and in 2009 he was selected as the President of the Network.

Intense situations, high drama and innovative solutions to serve the children dominate his work in the Network. The Promise is central to the decisions formulated by the team of administrators, physicians and providers Britt is privileged to serve. Children are sacred.