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Kelly Gettig, DNP, APRN

UT Health Austin Care Team Member

DNP, Nursing, Global Health
Duquesne University


Kelly Gettig, DNP, APRN, CBIS, CPNP-PC/AC, is a nationally board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner and serves as the director of the traumatic brain injury/concussion clinic and the lead nurse practitioner for pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s. She specializes in helping children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries manage their symptoms so that they can safely return to school, activities and sports.

Gettig earned her master’s in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and a post-master’s certificate as a pediatric nurse practitioner in acute care from The University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in global health from Duquesne University. She is also a certified brain injury specialist and a credentialed ImPACT consultant. In becoming a credentialed ImPACT consultant, she attended a leading training program designed for health care professionals who want to provide best-in-class concussion care. Gettig is passionate about traumatic brain injury and concussion research and recovery, which she has lectured on at the local, regional and national levels. Her goal is to educate parents and providers regarding best practice for the prevention and treatment of brain injury and to provide evidence-based clinical care to children in and out of the hospital setting.

Gettig is dedicated to improving outcomes for children in the U.S. and globally. She actively contributes to global health initiatives through AMPATH — the Academic Model for Providing Access To Healthcare through Dell Medical School with their work in Puebla, Mexico. Her vision is to integrate this passion for global health with her expertise in pediatric TBI and to contribute to both the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030. This includes gaining a better understanding of the link between poverty and road traffic injuries in children (Gettig & Maxson, 2022).