Cade M Nylund


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Pediatric Gastroenterology


Undergraduate: Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts, Dixie College, St. George, UT 1994-1995
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts in Russian, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 1997-2000
Medical Education: Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 2000-2004
Graduate Medical Education: Pediatrics, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, TX 2004-2007
Graduate Medical Education: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 2007-2010
Graduate Education: Masters of Science, Clinical and Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008-2010


Dr. Nylund is a professor of pediatrics, a board-certified general pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist. He hails from a rural southwest desert town. His military career started early. During his senior year in high school he enlisted in the local Army National Guard unit as an cannon crewmember. He enjoyed serving as ammo team chief and driver of the M109A5 155mm self-propelled howitzer. He then transferred to a military intelligence and cross-trained as a Russian human intelligence collector (aka interrogator). He then accepted a direct commission in the Air Force, attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed his general pediatrics residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC). Then completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Concurrent with fellowship he completed a Masters of Science in Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Cincinnati. He is active in research, authoring over 60 journal articles and has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings. He enjoys teaching and mentoring medical trainees in research. His research focus is epidemiology and using existing data to efficiently answer clinically relevant questions and hypotheses. He has a passion for education having directed both undergraduate medical education in the USU Pre-Clerkship curriculum and graduate medical education as the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Director. He now serves as the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Director for the Pediatric Health Systems Research and Clinical Epidemiology Division. His ongoing research includes evaluating meat (alpha-gal) allergy caused by the bite of the lone star tick, evaluating the effects of military women flying while pregnant on the health of the pregnancy and children, and many population effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.