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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Dr. Mario J. Gaspar de Alba is responsible for the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities for the Autism Center. He also assists the school of medicine achieve and maintain a diverse faculty and student body, which in turns creates a culture of inclusion amongst patients and throughout the school. He is devoted to educating 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. Gaspar de Alba is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor and Division Chief of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. He was made the CDC’s Learn the Signs Act Early Ambassador to the state of Nevada from 2014-16.

He has been a speaker at several professional development and community meetings and at parent organizations in an effort to improve interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthen family support.

Castle Connolly and Las Vegas Seven recognized Dr. de Alba as a “Top Doctor of Las Vegas” in 2016. He was deemed Volunteer of the Year from Anthem Health Care Heroes in 2015 and the Best Faculty Educator in 2006.

He received his BS in zoology with an emphasis in human development from Brigham Young University. He then attended medical for four years at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and completed his study for his MD degree at the New York Medical College. His residency program was completed at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital’s department of pediatrics and his developmental behavioral fellowship was completed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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