Mario Gaspar de Alba
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Mario Gaspar De Alba, MD, FAAP

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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Mario J. Gaspar de Alba, MD, who has served as Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion since 2013, also serves as an associate professor and division chief of developmental-behavioral pediatrics in the medical school’s department of pediatrics.

As the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion since 2013, Dr. de Alba assists the school of medicine in achieving and maintaining a diverse faculty and student body, with the goal of creating a culture of inclusion and a focus on health equity among all members of the school in order to best serve patients in our community.

Medical director of the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center in Las Vegas since 2016, Dr. de Alba participates with an interdisciplinary team in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental challenges.

He is devoted to educating families, pediatric residents, and medical students regarding appropriate early child development, recognition of deviance from expected development, and the importance of early intervention and its impact on future quality of life issues. Dr. de Alba has served as the chair of the Nevada Autism Commission and as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” Ambassador to the state of Nevada.

Dr. de Alba received his medical doctorate degree from New York Medical College. His pediatrics residency program was completed at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital and his developmental behavioral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

His areas of interest include autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning challenges.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Dr. de Alba received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.

Expert Areas

  • Autism
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities


  • “Putting the Pieces of Autism Together; Diagnosis, Management, and Family Support Services” - Vegas Inc. Healthcare Quarterly Volume 10, 2015
  • “Klinefelter’s Syndrome” - Handbook of Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders in Children, 2nd Edition
  • “Addressing Parental Concerns at the Initial Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder” - Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders