Joseph Yang Allen, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center
  • West Campus
  • The Woodlands


Emergency Medicine

Phone: 832-824-5497
Fax: 832-825-5424

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6621 Fannin Street, A2210
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094
United States

Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands
17580 I-45 South
The Woodlands, TX 77384
United States

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2004
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University residency Pediatrics 2001
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School medical school Doctor of Medicine 1998


Dr. Joseph Y. Allen graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Biology in 1994. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School with AOA honors in 1998.  He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University School of Medicine in 2001.  He returned to Houston and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in 2004.  Upon completion he joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics.  He is an attending physician in the Emergency Centers of Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, and Texas Children's Hospital the Woodlands..

Dr. Allen has served as the Medical Director for Texas Children's Hospital the Woodlands Emergency Center, which is a 20 bed free standing community children’s hospital from 2016-2020.   He has previously served as the Medical Director for the Emergency Center at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus from 2010-2016.  Dr. Allen’s administrative roles as Medical Director included: working with TCH Woodlands administrative, nursing and physician leaders to insure the highest quality of care for all children who present with emergent illnesses and injuries.  He also served as the liaison to multiple EMS providers in the Woodlands and surrounding communities, area pediatricians and subspecialists. Dr. Allen is also active in representing emergency medicine within numerous hospital committees including the creation of hospital wide clinical guidelines for fever in pediatric patients and fever in cancer patients as well. He was awarded for these efforts in Pediatric Emergency Medicine as the recipient of the Joan Shook Faculty Award for Excellence in 2017. He also received the  Texas Children’s Hospital the Woodlands Lead Tirelessly Annual Value Award in 2019

Dr. Allen has received numerous teaching awards in his career.  In 2015 he received the faculty teaching award by the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows.  He was recognized by Baylor College of Medicine as a Rising Star Clinician in 2014. He received the Fulbright and Jaworski LLP Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation from Baylor College of Medicine in 2011.  He was recognized by the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program as the Texas Children’s Hospital Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2007.  He also received a Pediatric Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Most Outstanding Performance as General Pediatric Attending at the Ben Taub General Hospital in 2006.  He served as a co chairman of the Texas Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference from 2006 -2011, a regional conference attended by over 100 faculty members from across the state and region.  He has authored a book chapter in Appleton and Lange’s Review of Pediatrics.  He has also served as a faculty mentor to pediatric residents and pediatric emergency medicine fellows during his time as faculty. He has lectured extensively as well to all levels of learners in many facets of pediatric emergency medicine throughout his career.

Dr. Allen has published several articles in peer reviewed journals regarding the emergent management of asthma, sickle cell acute chest syndrome, and in neonatal revisit rates to emergency centers.  He has contributed articles to Up to Date and Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the management of radiation injury. He also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the journal Pediatrics.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member, Subsection Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Selected Publications

Moffett BS, Allen J, Khichi M, McCann-Crosby B. Impact of Body Habitus on the Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, accepted for publication.

Allen, JY, Wingard JR, Dainiak N. Management of Radiation Injury. Up to Date Online. Updated July 23, 2019.

Allen, JY, Wingard JR, Dainiak N. Clinical Manifestations, Evaluation, and Diagnosis of Acute Radiation Exposure. Up to Date Online. Updated July 23, 2019.

Nassif A, Allen JY, Strange and Schafermeyer's Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 5th Edition, Chapter 97 Emergencies of the Oral Cavity and Neck, 2019.

Perry, A, Caviness, C, Allen JY. Revisit Rates and Risk of Fever in Newborns Presenting to a Major Pediatric Emergency Department , Pediatr Emerg Care 2013: Jan 29(1):58-62.

Ahmad, F, Macias, CM, Allen JY. The Use of Incentive Spirometry in Emergency Department Patients with Sickle Cell Disease to Reduce the Incidence of Acute Chest Syndrome, Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology 2011; Aug 33(6): 415-20.

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